Dear Mr. President: Immigration Reform Won’t Be Enough To Stop The Brain Drain

I just finished reading this article on Techcrunch. Being a Washingtonian and only a few blocks from the White House, I felt obligated to provide as much exposure as possible to this great article by Vivek Wadhwa . I hope somebody from the Administration pays attention to this:

In a speech at the American University last Thursday, President Obama highlighted the incredible economic rewards that America has gained from its immigrants. He spoke of new waves of immigrants—from places like Ireland, Italy, Poland, and China—challenging the generations before them, and consequently being subjected to “rank discrimination and ugly stereotypes”.  Yet the immigrants kept coming to America. That’s because it was the only land of opportunity. The President wants lawmakers to fix the immigration system so that America can remain globally competitive. But I don’t think it’s that simple. America is no longer the only magnet for the world’s best and brightest. Fixing immigration policy is an important start, but it won’t be enough to stop the brain drain of highly educated and skilled workers that the U.S. is presently experiencing. Read more of this post

Diplomacy over Burger and Fries – Only in Awesome Washington D.C.

Those of you still have any doubt why DC is Awesome, here is another reason on top of my long list.

Where else in the world have you seen two proud presidents head to a burger joint to discuss diplomacy in public and act like grown ups?

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