The following content is excerpted from a report by New England News Collaborative.
International Students around New England
International Students Love STEM Fields
U.S. Schools Love International Students
Money is another reason foreign graduate students are in high demand at big research schools, like UMass (University of Massachusetts), UConn (University of Connecticut) and Brown. Their tuition is sometimes higher and often paid in full. And importantly, the STEM knowledge they bring allows schools to apply for millions in research grants.
American vs International Workers
“I want the next generation of production and innovation to happen right here, in our great homeland: America – creating wealth and jobs for American workers,” said Donald Trump, in a speech shortly after the election.
In the first 100 days of his administration, Trump said he would direct the Department of Labor to “investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.”
Illegal International Workers
In a March 2016 statement, Sessions described 600,000 students who come to the United States every year who “have not been authorized by Congress to work, but the Department of Homeland Security has manipulated the rules to allow many of them to work through the much-criticized Optional Practical Training (OPT) program.”
Trump May Bring Changes to Visa Programs
Jobs are one thing, threats to national security are another. Trump’s original plan to stop all Muslims from entering the country has softened. He now calls it “extreme vetting.”
Source: New England News Collaborative
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