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This Fourth of July, I’d like to send a special greeting and thanks to two of American’s newest citizens. The week before the Fourth is normally a busy week for naturalization ceremonies, and many new citizens are welcomed – USCIS reports that it scheduled ceremonies in 50 states and in overseas locations where 6000 new citizens were sworn in.
Two of my clients were naturalized this week in ceremonies on opposite coasts. The first, a pharmaceutical researcher who received a green card based on his research, became a citizen after five years as a green card holder that have seen him rise to become chief scientific officer at a biotech company. The other is a recently-enlisted sailor in the US Navy whose long-pending naturalization could finally be resolved.
These clients and their service to our country remind me, and should remind all of us, that the United States was founded on the ideal that all people are welcome if they share our values and are willing to come together, working for a better country, without regard to divisions of religion, language or natonality. Many people do not realize that, prominent among the causes for the reasons for separation from King George that the Continental Congress listed in the Declaration of Independence, was:
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
From the very founding of these United States, welcoming new immigrants and allowing them to become citizens though naturalization has been one of our greatest strengths. These immigrants become Americans by choice – choosing to join in the project of improving our country and handing a better life to all of our children.
So to these two, and all our new citizens, I say, “Thank you, my fellow Americans.”
There’s a great post by Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith on Microsoft’s public policy blog in favor of increasing the number of H-1Bs in the United States. An amazing statistic:
While the number of visa holders is very small compared to the U.S.
workforce, their contribution is huge. For example, last year 35
percent of Microsoft’s patent applications in the U.S. came from new
inventions by visa and green card holders.
I’ve always said the H-1B visa was for “insourcing,” not “outsourcing” – and each H-1B worker here buys or rents a house, pays taxes, eats out, shops at Best Buy – so that sending talented people home makes no economic or policy sense. The scope of the benefit beyond the immediate economic impact is breathtaking, though – what if 35 percent of Microsoft’s new products were developed in India, instead of Washington?
What do a child refugee and a promising postdoctoral student have in common? Both were “aliens” – the legal term for anyone not a U.S. citizen. Both faced a challenging immigration story – the child came to the US ahead of a war and was put through school by his father’s work in a toothbrush factory; the postdoc was invited to the University of Wisconsin but almost had to make his career in Canada instead because of problems in getting a US visa.
Both chose to become Americans, and both won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. (more…)