The US Immigration Laws Reforms
The argument of whether foreign students who study in the US should be allowed to stay after completing their course program or not has raged for a very long time within the US. Various individuals have criticized or argued for the restrictive laws that compels a number of these students to be sent abroad to practice after qualifying with good degrees from the US universities. The immigration laws have made it difficult for most of these students to get an opportunity to work within the US a move that is viewed by many to be very vital towards creating job opportunities within the US. Recently, most universities undertook to champion for the review the immigration laws so that the immigrant the foreign students who come to study in the US universities, more so in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, to be allowed to stay within the country and practice. The management of these universities decided to invite other presidents of state universities. This paper gives an argument whether the president of California state university should participate or not.
There are a number of reasons as to why the presidents of the state universities more so the president of California state university should participate in this field day event meant to sensitize the US citizens (Archibold, 34). The first reason is that the universities are a major player in the creation of knowledge that is then used within the US economy through applications in various job areas. They therefore form the part of the US stakeholders in various areas. The universities carry out various activities that include research studies on matters affecting the US economy and its people. Through this mandate, they are to come up with possible solutions that are proposed to be implemented towards solving these problems.
Since they form a significant part of the stakeholders, the president of California state university has a responsibility towards joining hands with his fellows as a sign of solidarity towards championing a course that will benefit the community as a whole. Therefore, by him not participating, it will show signs of discontentment within various quarters as sign that the individuals partake this noble course are not speaking in one voice. This will ensure that their concerns are taken seriously and given the necessary attention it deserves by the responsible authorities who have the responsibilities as dealing with their concerns.
The second reason as to why the president of the California state university should participate in this noble course is because the agenda of the initiative is to educate the general public on the need to have the immigration laws revised (Bender, 34). By educating the general public on the need to have the immigration laws revised to allow the foreign students to stay within the US after completing their students, the participants in this course of action are keen to let the US general public be aware of the possible benefits they would gain through the retention of the foreign students who come to study in their universities yet do not get a chance to get job opportunities within the US. Various groups have done research studies and come to the conclusion that it would be more advantageous to have the foreign students stay within the US and apply the knowledge they have gained in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math within the industries found in the United Sates.
These students are argued to be bright enough and acquire good skills. They argue that in the event that these students are allowed to stay within the US, they will undertake programs that will be aimed at bettering the US economy. Through application of their acquired skills, these bright students will take innovating measures that will lead to job creation within the US. Critics argue that studies have shown that these students create a minimum of 2 jobs each if they apply their innovative minds within the US economy. Since there is a wide spread problem of unemployment within the US, allowing the foreign students to create jobs for the locals is a step ahead towards solving the issue of unemployment. Such information can only be availed to the general public through sensitization actions like the one being taken by the universities. Therefore, the president of California State University should participate in this noble initiative of sensitizing the general public on the benefits of having the foreign students stay within the US after completing their studies within the US universities.
The third reason for having this initiative is that it is meant to pass some message to the peoples’ representatives in various houses who have the final responsibilities of amending US laws. Through their actions, the representatives will undertake to amend the US immigration laws that have so far proven to be inhibitive towards the realization of the dreams to have the foreign students to stay within the US so as to apply their acquired skills. As things stand, the US immigration laws are so restrictive and rigid. Majority of the foreign students, who are capable and have reached the age of attaining a college degree, have been locked out of the US universities and colleges because they come to the US either as kids or grownups. This led to their basic information and particulars not being recorded by the US authorities.
Since these students who came to the US as kids do not have their particulars recorded by the responsible authorities within the US, they have been denied the opportunity to attend various US colleges and universities so that they can attain higher degrees that will enable them to practice their skills appropriately. Such prohibitive laws have denied the US economy vital man power that can be used in filling up the shortage that exists within the core industries that are engineering, science, math and technology. The deficit is argued to stand at 220,000 persons. If the laws could have been favorable enough to these foreign students, they could have been allowed to fill in the balance thus improving the performance of the industries as a whole.
Search information on the impact that prohibitive US immigration laws has on its economy can only be obtained through research studies. It is the responsibility of the US education institutions to carry out such comprehensive research works and pass them on to their representatives. Through this agitation, information will be passed to the representatives who will be well aware of the need to have the immigration laws revised. The president of California state university should therefore join hands with his fellow presidents of other universities in passing on the information to their representatives who will then take up the challenge of amending the immigration laws to make them favorable.
The final reason that should compel the president of California state university to participate in the initiative is that the universities are in the process of planning activities that will then be systematically executed through various discussions that are aimed at creating partnerships and working relationships with various organizations and stakeholders. The universities are in the process of creating partnerships with the New American Economy that brings together various CEOs of companies and mayors. This partnership is intended to help its members make the advocacy for the immigration laws reforms a national agenda. It is on the basis that various patented innovations that are carried out in the US have been contributed towards by these foreign students. Out of every four innovations, one is from a foreign student. Therefore it would be prudent to have the immigration laws reviewed and amended to have more foreign students retained within the US. The president of California state university should therefore participate in the process so that he also takes part in this noble initiative.
In conclusion, therefore, the immigration laws within the US should be reformed to enable the economy benefit from the input of the otherwise locked out foreign students. Through the reforms, the foreign students who are denied opportunity to pursue higher degrees will be given opportunities to pursue them and after completion given a chance to apply their skills within the STEM industries. All stakeholders within the US should therefore stand up towards the realization of reforms in the US immigration laws.