Cutting H-1B Visas Endangers Scientific Progress for Everyone

5/28/2017 - Professor of Economics Giovanni Peri in Wired.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S recent executive order calling for a sweeping review of the H-1B visa program has raised alarm in STEM-related industries that rely heavily on an international supply of high-skilled labor.

The scientific and economic gains produced by foreign-born innovators are in no way limited to the ivory tower. Researchers at the University of California, Davis and Colgate University found that an increase in the number of H-1B visa holders working in STEM-related fields can at least partially account for an increase in wage growth of native-born STEM workers in the same metropolitan area.

Read the full story in Wired.