Beamer wrote on Jul 10, 2020, 09:14:
It's very difficult for foreign nationals to come here for education or H1Bs.
So most of them have to work hard to prove themselves. They then get the same opportunities (and pay) as an American. They come here, they build a career, they build a life, and they build companies.
We're literally taking the best and brightest from other countries. These are their most valuable resources, and we have the means to attract them, bring them here, and make them Americans.
If we're truly America First, we should want to do this more, rather than let the smartest world citizens stay in their home countries and start competitors to our companies.
There's some yes and no there, I think. It's true that for China in particular, there's been a rise over the last 10 years in graduates repatriating back to China and starting companies that compete against American ones. Part of that is because the H-1B program has become more restrictive, so many of those graduates have no choice. But China has also been actively working to recruit that talent back, and obviously there were huge opportunities there to be had.
Now, if you outright banned Chinese students like Darks said, those spaces wouldn't go to American students, they'd go to students from India. I think anyone who's been to a campus or STEM workplace in the last ten years would agree. But again, those foreign students, wherever they're from, subsidize the enrollment of more American students. And federal & state funding of universities has been going down, forcing schools to rely more and more on that foreign tuition money. Gutting them isn't going to get more Americans in, but that's the direction we're headed.