Obama on Science

by Joe Archive on September 25, 2008

Nature has an “interview” with the candidates on science (McCain’s “responses” are taken from older statements – he declined to be involved).br /br /a href=”http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080924/full/455446a.html”http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080924/full/455446a.html/abr /br /The final question was relevant to me:br /br /pb/b/pblockquotepbWould it make sense for more overseas students who receive PhDs at American universities to stay in the country and contribute to its research base and its wealth? What immigration reforms would you support?/b/p pbObama:/b I believe that we must enact comprehensive immigration reform to restore our economic strength, relieve local governments of unfair burdens stemming from an inefficient federal immigration system, ensure that our country and borders remain secure and allow a path to citizenship for the 12 million undocumented immigrants who are willing to pay a fine, pay taxes, and learn English. A critical part of comprehensive immigration reform is turning back misguided policies that since 9/11 have turned away the world’s best and brightest from America. As president, I will improve our legal permanent resident visa programmes and temporary programmes to attract some of the world’s most talented people to America./p pbMcCain/b, span class=”i”as a senator from Arizona, has long been involved in immigration issues, mainly through strengthening federal security at land border crossings. He supports immigration reforms to allow more highly skilled workers to stay and work in the United States after graduation./span/p/blockquotebr /pShame neither of them really answered the question – The question sounded like it was about F and J visa students, but they turned it into an illegal immigration question.br /span class=”i”br //span/p

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