TITLE

AMERICA CLOSES ITS DOORS

AUTHOR(S)
Foroohar, Rana; Mooney, Paul; Krosnar, Katka; Kuchment, Anna; Theil, Stefan; Flynn, Emily
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);9/27/2004 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 144 Issue 13, p48
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports on big drops in the number of immigrants and visitors to the U.S. after September 11, 2001, when the government began scrutinizing certain types of visa applications more carefully under the Patriot Act. The larger worry is that tightened security will scare off people who want to live, work or study in the U.S., undermining one of America's most important competitive advantages in the world economy: its status as the land of opportunity for talented immigrants. There is some evidence that Washington may be effectively lowering the barriers to short-term visitors. Both visa applications and acceptances were up in the first half of 2004, after having plunged dramatically since 2001. The long-term picture looks more uncertain. The post-9/11 rate of people granted permanent-resident status in the U.S. continued to fall through 2003. Despite a small recent rise in student visa numbers, some of the best and brightest appear to be going elsewhere. This is particularly true for Asians, who have the highest education and income levels among foreign-born residents. Clearly, the common perception abroad is that America is less and less open.
ACCESSION #
14555918

 

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