Jim Hammerle: Let foreign students go home

May 1, 2013 

Let students go

In his April 12 Point of View “Finding a way to let the brightest stay” concerning foreign college students, James Goodnight states “we should do everything to persuade them to stay and work.” This is far from the philosophy 50 years ago when faculty encouraged foreign students to return home and work for the betterment of their own country.

These students usually arrive here with this goal in mind and a sense of duty to their families and heritage. Of course students would prefer to stay in the U.S. with its many opportunities, but the lure of jobs in the U.S. detracts from the greater good of improving their own developing country where its most valuable resources are well-educated engineers and scientists.

Jim Hammerle


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