I see that the House has finally passed a bill that would automatically grant green card status to anyone foreign graduate of an American university whose degree is in one of the so called S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines. Now given the strident attitude that the Congress has displayed towards any U.S. person who voluntarily gives up citizenship and their accusations of “traitor”. It really makes you wonder how these Congressmen/women would view a person from another country who would so easily be seduced to take up permanent residence in America?
Don’t these people owe something to their country of birth that is just as deep as what it is claimed a U.S. person owes to the U.S.? It should be noted that these foreign students can in no way be accused of being “ungrateful” to the U.S. government, since many of them have actually paid a hefty sum for the priviliege of attending a U.S. educational institution. There are actually some U.S. educational institutions that would not be able to survive if it weren’t for their foreign students. Many top U.S. universities have programs that actively court foreign students.
Will the U.S. Congress also attach to these green cards a full disclosure document detailing the very unique tax obligations that are a part of becoming a U.S. person? Are these people simply expected to “know” about Pub. 54 and the other IRC’s?
Thankfully the article says that passage of this bill is not likely and I hope that the author is right. The idea that America should go about poaching students from other countries- some of those countries being poor countries- would be another new low for American exceptionalism.