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Clinton wants to ‘staple’ green cards on STEM grads' diplomas

Patrick Thibodeau | June 29, 2016
The move, part of a larger tech agenda, means advanced degree grads would have an immigration path

But Trump, during a GOP presidential debate in Detroit in March, seemed uncertain about how to handle international students who graduate from U.S. schools.

Foreign students will go to Harvard, Stanford and Wharton and "as soon as they're finished they'll get shoved out," Trump said. "They want to stay in this country. They want to stay here desperately, they're not able to stay here. For that purpose, we absolutely have to be able to keep the brain power in this country."

Norman Matloff, a computer science professor at the University of California at Davis and a longtime H-1B critic, said: "It is a shame that both Trump and Clinton have bought into the industry lobbyist line of a STEM labor shortage. There is no data evidence for that, and anyone can see wages have been flat, counter to the claim of a shortage."

Matloff argued that a staple law "would reduce job opportunities and wages for new graduates and especially for older workers."


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