By: Lexi Gehrisch and Jack Adams
Our immigration system is broken.
Our immigration system is not optimized for today’s economy. The United States is currently excluding too many workers who will start businesses, create jobs, foster innovation, and help grow our economy.
We do not grant enough visas to high-skill job creators and creators our society needs to make up for labor shortages and gaps in abilities. Plus, the current system sends away the great majority of the over 300,000 foreign students who are earning advanced degrees at U.S. colleges (mittromney.com). And the system for bringing in temporary, seasonal workers is so clumsy and a waste of time, that too often an employer finds that harvest or tourist season passes before temporary worker visas are approved. To make sure that America continues to lead the world in innovation and economic dynamism, a Romney administration would press for an immigration policy designed to enlarge America’s economic potential. Foreign-born residents with extended degrees start companies, create jobs, and drive innovation at a high rate.