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Immigration law changes sought for non-citizens with science expertise

August 22, 2011 | 11:13 am

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank)

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) met with a panel of scientists, engineers and technology firm executives recently to discuss possible changes to federal immigration policy that could boost American competitiveness in the technology sector.

Schiff said he is planning to draft a bill that would make it easier for foreign students in the fields of science and engineering to stay in the United States after they graduate and their student visas expire.

“We’ve had graduates in engineering who wanted to stay and start their own businesses, and we probably kicked them out of the country. In this kind of [competitive global] environment, that’s economic suicide,” Schiff said. “We need to change our immigration strategy from building fences to attracting talent.”

Caltech Chief Innovation Officer Frederic Farina told the Glendale News-Press “it’s almost impossible” for foreign graduates to stay long enough to establish a tech startup.

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-- Joe Piasecki, Times Community News

Photo: Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank) speaks at a public meeting at the Altadena Library in April. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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