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November 28, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Immigration: Stop brain drain

President Obama’s immigration reform proposal highlighted the dark underbelly of immigration policy [“Obama takes on hecklers over immigration policy,” Nation & World, Nov. 26].

People on both sides of the debate seem to agree with his suggestion that we should facilitate the immigration of highly skilled individuals. Statistics show that the majority of these immigrants never return home to work.

Do we ever stop to consider the effect such a policy has on less developed countries that need their best and brightest?

If we really cared about the economically less fortunate peoples of the world as much as we claim to, our policy would be to welcome them as students and then send them home. And to protect our competitiveness we would spend the money to educate our own people rather than relying on stealing the intellectual and entrepreneurial wealth of the rest of the world.

Dick Schwartz, Bellevue

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