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Plans Afoot to Extend Welcome Mat to More U.S.-Trained Science Grads

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Science  08 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6026, pp. 164
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6026.164

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Last week, a key congressional panel heard proposals to retain the "best and brightest" foreign students without disadvantaging U.S. workers. Those who want to reform the system say they are heartened by the broad interest in the topic. The encouraging signs, they say, include President Barack Obama's State of the Union plea in January to "stop expelling talented, responsible young people who could be staffing our research labs or starting a new business" and bipartisan legislation introduced by Representative Jeff Flake (R–AZ), a Tea Party favorite, that would give Obama much of his wish. But they acknowledge that the approach of the 2012 elections means the political window of opportunity won't stay open for very long.