U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas (right) speaks to entrepreneurs. (Peter Jon Shuler/KQED)

The U.S. Immigration Service held a summit today in Silicon Valley to tackle a “reverse brain drain” of American-trained entrepreneurs returning to their native countries to start companies.

More than 100 leaders from high tech, academia and government met at Moffett Field to discuss the “Entrepreneurs in Residence” initiative.

“The best and brightest from all over the world come to be educated here,” said Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. “And yet we see them leave because of a lack of visa availability only to compete against us.”

Mayorkas says the country needs laws to help immigrants who may create jobs, to stay here. But he’s also enlisting entrepreneurs to vet small start-ups for temporary work visas within the framework of current immigration law.

Stopping the ‘Reverse Brain Drain’ 22 February,2012Peter Jon Shuler


Peter Jon Shuler

Peter is a general assignment reporter covering Northern California news for KQED’s daily radio newscasts. He reports on a wide range of stories from current court cases to San Jose city hall.

Since joining KQED in 1990, Peter has covered everything from the beginnings of the World Wide Web to the dot-com bust, from preserving Silicon Valley’s open space to the preservation of historic Valley landmarks.

Peter caught the radio bug at WAUS-FM while still a student at Andrews University in his home town of Berrien Springs, MI. He did local news and hosted a classical music program. Since then, he has pursued a variety of assignments, including production work at WBAI in New York and broadcasting to the English language community of Geneva, Switzerland via Radio 74.  Email:  pshuler@kqed.org

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