A Sane View on Immigration
Our immigration policies are counter to the philosophy of the country and certainly counter to sound economics.
Tom Glocer was the chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters, a leading global source of intelligent information for businesses and decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare and media markets.
Glocer originally joined Reuters Group in 1993 as vice president and deputy counsel of Reuters America and has held a number of senior leadership positions at Reuters, including President of Reuters LatAm and Reuters America, before being named CEO of Reuters Group PLC in July 2001, where he later oversaw the company's merger with the Thomson Corporation.
Glocer is on the board of Merck & Co., Inc., and serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, the International Advisory Board of British American Business Inc., and various other corporate and philanthropic organizations. Glocer holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. You can read his blog at www.tomglocer.com.
One obvious thing that the U.S. needs to do is to get our immigration policy in line.
It seems crazy that kids from all over the world still want to come to the U.S. for higher education, for PhD degree programs, in particular in science and engineering where we don't produce enough American grads, but as soon as they graduate they're forced to leave the country because they don't have the right work papers.
So the number one priority is to get our immigration policy right. Not only do I think it's stupid economics to force away the most highly trained folks in the very areas you need. I also think it's downright un-American. There is this wonderful lady that sits in the harbor in New York who beckons to the world and holds out this image that I think we still have for ourselves: "Bring us your tired. Bring us your hungry, your poor, et cetera", but that's actually not the way U.S. immigration policy works anymore.
I think it's both counter to the philosophy of the country and certainly counter to sound economics.
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