As an immigrant, Tilghman is a supporter of welcoming students to the U.S. to study, and giving them the opportunity to stay and contribute to the well being and economy once they have graduated. She feels it is a human policy.
I am in favor of welcoming students to the United States to study. And I am in favor – once they have received their education – of giving them every opportunity to stay in this country and contribute to the well being and the economic prosperity of the United States. Not only do I think that’s a humane policy. I actually think it’s a politically and economically sensible policy; because if you look at the wave upon wave of immigrants who have come to the United States since the 19th century and have stayed and made this country great, this is really a great tradition. And I think if we turn our back on it, we do so at our peril. Recorded on: 8/7/07