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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.”

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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.

“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.

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“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.”

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.

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

“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.”

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“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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The real DC showdown: Pelosi vs. Trump

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Love her or hate her, Nancy Pelosi is a classy, effective and persuasive Speaker.

Repeatedly through the Trump presidency, she has stepped up to offer just the right gesture, just the right opinion, just the right level of evenness or passion that proves effective in making the role of leadership believable.

Along the way, she manages to count votes, keep her caucus in line and stand up for a totally understandable and admirable bar of justice and American value, for the Constitution itself.

Her statements yesterday in outlining in measured tones the reasoning that Donald Trump’s actions have left “no choice” but moving forward towards impeachment were well-said, logical, and belied the emotion behind them.

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Trump’s tax cuts and tariffs have been even more disastrous than skeptics predicted: Paul Krugman

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In a column celebrating the first anniversary of Donald Trump declaring himself "Tariff Man," New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman attempted to explain the president's love of tariffs and noted that the negative economic impact in the past year has surpassed even the worst expectations.

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Trump’s undermining of efforts to fight Putin detailed in ex-CIA agent’s disturbing new column

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A recently retired CIA agent reveals that President Donald Trump was a "wild card" that prevented a full-scale effort to combat Russian aggression against the U.S. and its allies.

Marc Polymeropoulos, who retired from the agency in June, said in column posted at Just Security that the CIA issued an informal "call to arms" in the wake of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election, but those efforts were hampered by Trump's relationship with Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

"The Call to Arms required a whole-of-agency effort to counter the Kremlin," Polymeropoulos wrote. "It involved moving resources and personnel inside CIA. Most importantly, it required a change in mindset, similar to what occurred within the Intelligence Community after 9/11, that an 'all-hands-on-deck' approach was required."

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