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Don’t Leave Families Out of Immigration Overhaul

There is a push in Congress to expand visas for highly skilled immigrants, which would be very good for the economy. Unfortunately, some lawmakers seem determined to expand high-skills visas at the expense of family visas, which are already subject to sharp quotas.

Their logic is easily grasped: A study by the American Enterprise Institute and the Partnership for a New American Economy found that a foreign-born worker with an advanced U.S. degree in science, technology, engineering or math creates, on average, 2.62 U.S. jobs. Between 1995 and 2005, immigrants helped start more than a quarter of U.S. technology and engineering companies.