Citizen Action asks Richard Hanna to move on immigration reforms

By Matt Porter

August 5, 2013 Updated Aug 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) While visiting Binghamton University, Citizen Action reminds Richard Hanna that well-educated foreign students graduating can't easily become citizens.

Immigration advocate Diana Reyes said more than half of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students graduation New York colleges are from other countries.

"They would like to stay here, but they have no way of staying," Reyes said.

Richard Hanna noted in his hearing at Binghamton University that it is sad the United States doesn't do more to help this particular group become citizens.

Instead, they go back home as professor Bahgat Sammakia noted in his testimony to the congressman.

"In many cases people opt to leave because now they have opportunities back in India and China," Sammakia said, "These are developing countries which are building up infrastructure. The offer outstanding jobs both in academia and the private sector."

The U.S. Senate passed a compromise immigration bill in June.

The House has not taken up the Senate bill, and instead is drafting several other versions.

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