U.S. Immigration Policy
2:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Guthrie: Immigration Overhaul Needs to Help Keep Foreign-Born College Grads in the U.S.

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
Credit Kevin Willis

Kentucky's Second District Congressman says it makes no sense for U.S. colleges to graduate so many highly-skilled foreign students without a way to let them stay in this country if they choose. Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie says any attempt to overhaul America's immigration laws must make it easier for more US college graduates from other countries who have desirable skills to work here.

Rep. Guthrie says he came to this belief after attending a WKU graduation, and noticing how many of those getting master's degrees in fields of science were foreign-born.

"It just really hit me. A lot of our master's programs--not just this university--but other world class universities are graduating a lot of people who are foreign nationals, and we don't let them stay here and work and contribute to what we're trying to do here in the United States."

Rep. Guthrie recently visited the studios of WKU Public Radio to discuss immigration reform. He represents a district including Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Glasgow, and Owensboro.