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Stuart Anderson
Stuart Anderson
Executive Director, National Foundation for American Policy
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      Stuart Anderson

      Stuart Anderson served as executive associate commissioner for policy and counselor to the Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service from August 2001 to January 2003 and is executive director of the National Foundation for American Policy, a nonpartisan research group based in Arlington, Va.

Immigrant Startups Can Help Fuel Economic Growth

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A major goal of the recently passed House GOP tax bill is to increase economic growth. However, legislative proposals to reduce legal immigration would actually reduce economic growth. The pro-market approach is to put aside plans to cut legal immigration and instead make it easier for immigrant entrepreneurs to start businesses in the United States.

What “60 Minutes” Got Wrong About Outsourcing

4:18 PM 03/20/2017

On Sunday night, 60 Minutes aired a segment that blamed the layoffs of a number of white collar workers on major corporations using H-1B visa holders. A little probing and context would have revealed this conclusion to be highly suspect.

High-Skilled Immigrants Fuel Economic Growth

11:11 AM 08/24/2016

Since 2009, the U.S. economy has grown slowly, which, one hopes, would inspire elected officials to support policies to improve productivity, labor force growth and entrepreneurship. Despite this, with the exception of Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and his “I-Squared” Act, most members of Congress who have introduced immigration bills have aimed to shut down high-skilled immigration, rather than adopt policies to promote economic growth.

Mr. Trump, Please Tear Down This Wall

3:02 PM 05/09/2016

Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall on our southern border and “make Mexico pay” for it has come to symbolize his campaign. It’s bold, politically incorrect and, as his campaign’s recent memo on paying for the wall helps illustrate, kind of a dumb idea.

Immigration Limits Set Before Tech Boom Don’t Work

3:40 PM 09/28/2015

Are Members of Congress psychic? While few elected officials ever utter the phrase “That’s beyond my area of expertise,” in my years in Washington I have never heard anyone claim an ability to predict the future. For that reason it’s not surprising that those who voted for the Immigration Act of 1990 never foresaw the enormous demand for high-skilled labor generated by the technological revolution of the past 25 years.

Preventing The Next Crisis At The Border

4:34 PM 07/22/2014

Thousands of minors from Central America crossing the Southwest border and turning themselves in to Border Patrol agents have led many people to blame human smuggling cartels and misinformation about U.S. policies on unaccompanied minors.

Immigration Reform Is Still Key To Progress In STEM Fields

9:37 AM 06/12/2014

Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) primary defeat has some calling for an end to immigration reform, arguing his opponent ran in part against “amnesty.” But immigration is not just about the most controversial aspect of reform. Congress also is in charge of America’s policies to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants. While the two issues have been tied together politically, since it has been unlikely reforms to increase the number of H-1B visas and employment-based green cards would become law without accompanying measures on legalization and border security, the positive impact of highly skilled immigrants in America has never been greater.

Immigrant cancer researchers saving American lives

12:56 PM 02/26/2013

More than 40 percent of the cancer researchers at America’s top cancer institutes are immigrants, according to a new report released by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP). The work of immigrant cancer researchers is an example of how being open to immigration can benefit Americans.

Why does America shut its doors to foreign nurses?

4:34 PM 12/03/2012

The Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, could permit 30 million more people to gain access to health insurance, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Such a significant increase in the demand for health services combined with our aging baby boomer generation means the U.S. government needs to enact immigration (and other) policies that will ensure medical personnel are available to serve these patients. (See this new report on the topic from the National Foundation for American Policy.)

Department of Labor targets companies and their skilled foreign-born employees

1:45 PM 09/18/2012

Every four years, government agencies fearing a change in administration propose last-minute regulations that seek to expand their power and lock in questionable policies. The Department of Labor wins this year’s award for the most brazen last-minute regulatory move for a proposal to require employers to reveal to competitors and the public sensitive commercial information, as well as personal data on the skilled foreign nationals they hire on H-1B temporary visas.

Congress AWOL in the global competition for talent

1:19 PM 06/15/2012

Nero at least fiddled while Rome burned. The U.S. Congress is doing almost nothing while American companies struggle in the global competition for talent. Americans companies’ inability to hire talented foreigners makes it hard for them to grow, invest and innovate inside this country and encourages them to expand outside of the U.S.