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Self-deporting: Trump’s hostile immigration policies creating ‘brain drain’ threatening US economy

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President Donald Trump is threatening the US economy by causing a “brain drain back to India” according to a new report in Foreign Policy.

“In the president’s short time in office, his promises and policies — from the ‘Muslim ban’ to a directive that may alter who gets a work visa — have convinced many foreign nationals that they are not welcome,” Suzanne Sataline reported. “For many of the 2.4 million Indian nationals living in the United States, including roughly 1 million who are scientists and engineers, the fears are existential; although roughly 45 percent are naturalized citizens, hundreds of thousands still depend on impermanent visas that must be periodically renewed.”

Trump’s effect upon highly-skilled immigrants could be economically devastating.

“Changes in the U.S. skilled visa scheme could trigger large economic and intellectual losses, especially in states with many South Asian residents such as California and New Jersey,” Foreign Policy noted. “Some foreign nationals there wonder if Trump’s policies will trigger an Indian brain drain.”

Trump is seen of the source of the dramatic changes.

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“The platform he got elected on, that hatred, denigrating other religions, it wasn’t making America great again and uplift the world. It’s ‘We’re going to make America great’ at the cost to the rest of the world,” said Vivek Wadhwa, a distinguished fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. “We’re doing long-term damage here.”

The size of the change is dramatic.

“Since Trump’s election, the number of Indian-born residents in the United States searching for jobs back in India has climbed more than tenfold, consulting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu found,” Foreign Policy noted. “Six hundred people were searching in December, and the number spiked in March to 7,000.”

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The effect could be particularly pronounced for America’s higher education system.

“Four out of 10 U.S. colleges say they’ve seen a sharp drop in international applicants for the fall term, especially among applicants from India and China, the top sources for international students,” Foreign Policy explained.

To put that into perspective, over 160,000 Indians were enrolled at American colleges during the 2015-2016 school year.

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“Some people are moving out of the country, taking valuable skills with them,” says attorney Brent Renison, who is seeking a class action lawsuit. “Some people are choosing not to come. If this persists, were going to lose a lot of the foreign students we educate.”

“I’ll go to any other country but the US,” Sameer Sahay says he hears from his niece and nephew, who were once eager to move to the states.


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White supremacists accounted for majority of terror-related arrests in last year: FBI director

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FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that his agency has so far made roughly 100 terrorism-related arrests so far this fiscal year -- and the majority of them are related in some way to the white supremacist movement.

As Washington Post reporter Matt Zapotosky reports, Wray made his remarks about white supremacist terrorists while being questioned by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Despite the fact that white supremacists accounted for a majority of terror-related arrests in the first three quarters of this fiscal year, however, Wray also said that the FBI still considers jihadi-inspired terrorism to be the greater overall threat.

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Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a joy-riding black teenager, struck the bicycle he was riding and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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Here’s how Boris Johnson is already shaping up to be Britain’s Trump

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On Tuesday, Boris Johnson, former British Foreign Secretary and leader of the Conservative Party, secured the votes in Parliament to become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

It is an outcome that was long considered likely — and it creates parallels with the 2016 election of President Donald Trump in the United States, as there are a great many similarities between the politics and styles of these two men, notes NPR.

First, and most obviously, both men are brusque right-wing populists who have made controlling immigration their core issue on the political stage — in Trump's case it is building the wall, while in Johnson's case it is implementing Brexit.

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