What is the logic here? If businesses want to keep foreign students in the USA let them do it. (They of course can and do, often.) The company can help the prospective employee get a visa and voila, new employee with engineering skills. But why on Earth is the federal government putting American born engineering grads at a disadvantage to students from overseas?
We are very much for immigration generally. We think new brains which add to this country are a good thing. But disadvantaging American STEM grads seems idiotic.
(From The Washington Examiner)
The Department of Homeland Security is readying a plan to expand a program that pays U.S. employers to hire foreign STEM students taught in America, a move that could end up punishing American college grads and even the elderly, according to an immigration think tank.
In pushing to allow more foreign students into the so-called “optional practical training program,” DHS said that it will help businesses and colleges by keeping those foreign students in the U.S. following their American-taught science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, curriculum.