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Overseas scientists important to U.S. spirit of innovation

Authors: Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, and Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program
March 9, 2006
San Jose Mercury News

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Yet one critical aspect of his speech was jarring: While the president detailed how he would train the next generation of Americans, he ignored the potential for foreign talent to bolster American strength. In the president's speech, visas and immigration were for “guest workers,” low-skilled employees who today often live in the United States illegally. Whether intended or not, scientists and engineers, it seemed, were to be strictly homegrown.

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