The Romney-Obama immigration plan, in one chart

June 26, 2012

President Obama and Mitt Romney have made much of their differences on illegal immigration. But their positions on legal immigration are much the same, particularly when it comes to high-skill immigrants. Both want to grant permanent residency to foreign students who receive degrees in math, science and engineering, and both want to lift country-based caps and other quotas on visas for high-skilled immigrants.

In part, this seeming bipartisan consensus is a product of mounting evidence for the economic benefits of high-skills immigration. According to a new report from the Partnership for a New American Economy, 76 percent of the patents awarded at America's most innovative universities "had at least one foreign-born inventor." But only 7 percent of green cards are awarded for employment-based reasons.

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(Partnership for a New American Economy)


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