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Immigration & Innovation Session 3: Current Debates: Innovation, Law, and Policy
The past decade has witnessed ferocious political and cultural debates about border security, undocumented “dreamers,” sanctuary cities, “genius” visas, refugee resettlement, and immigrant bans from various countries. How do immigrant inventors and entrepreneurs factor into these broader debates? How do migrants and refugees impact patenting, employment, and other measures of innovation? What is the history and current state of American law and policy concerning foreign-born students, highly-skilled workers, intellectual property, economic competitiveness, and national security? Speakers Ruth Wasem and Dany Bahar describe current and proposed immigration policies in historical context, evaluate their pros and cons, and forecast their anticipated impacts. Recorded live on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.