Economics, U.S. Economy

Send me your poor, your tired… your engineers, yearning to code free

Image credit: Idaho National Laboratory (Flickr) (CC BY 2.0)

Image credit: Idaho National Laboratory (Flickr) (CC BY 2.0)

So the House may once again consider an immigration bill designed to get more science, technology, engineering, and math talent to be permitted to study and work in the United States. In case anyone thinks this is a bad idea, read this paper or, if pressed for time, just look below at Technology Review’s recent lineup of young innovators (under age 35). Note their names.

  • Ryan Bailey
  • Sarbajit Banerjee
  • Burcin Becerik-Gerber
  • Qixin Chen
  • William Chueh
  • Mircea Dincă
  • Daniel Ek
  • Rana el Kaliouby
  • Ken Endo
  • Christina Fan
  • Abraham Flaxman
  • Danielle Fong
  • Saikat Guha
  • Chris Harrison
  • John Hering
  • Drew Houston
  • Prashant Jain
  • Bryan Laulicht
  • Nanshu Lu
  • Shishir Mehrotra
  • Shannon Miller
  • Ren Ng
  • Juan Sebastián Osorio
  • Joyce Poon
  • Hossein Rahnama
  • Ben Silbermann
  • Christopher Soghoian
  • Pratheev Sreetharan
  • Leila Takayama
  • Bozhi Tian
  • Eben Upton
  • Andreas Velten
  • Zheng Wang
  • Baile Zhang
  • Weian Zhao

3 thoughts on “Send me your poor, your tired… your engineers, yearning to code free

  1. This is, indeed, an interesting question. And I find myself torn on this issue.

    On one hand, I oppose just opening our borders and allowing everyone and their brother in. On the other hand, I believe we need “selective” immigration in this way.

    I find this less offensive because of the dire straights our current educational system. The U.S. absolutely HAS to have top minds at work if we’re going to compete and survive in the global economy. However, our mediocre (at best) school system is failing miserably to produce grads that can keep up.

    Sorry folks, I see this one as a necessary evil.

      • Yes, it is … and I believe it should be given the times we live in and the state of our economy. Many countries have tough immigration requirements. Australia, for one example, screens folks based on their professional skills and potential as well. It’s a way to help protect job opportunities for their own native citizens.

        It’s a fact of life.

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