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What is it about immigrants and education in the US?

I am working in a community college in Wisconsin, and there are so many foreign students always applying to join us. Nearly all of them want to come and study here physically, rather than pursue their courses online. I wonder what the connection is between immigrants and education in the US. Is this the only country in world that can offer immigrants higher education? The college itself already has so many foreign students, yet more are ever applying to come. What is the immigration impact on education in this country?

Rodney Fox

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Ramon Kelly on March 22, 2018

I can see it is difficult for you to understand why there is such a push to come to America. America happens to be the land of opportunity and promise. It is also the largest economy in the world. Consequently, people around the world believe this is the best place to achieve their dreams. You ask three distinct questions, and I will answer each in turn.

  1. One of the easiest ways of getting here legally is by applying to be a student. This is the connection between education in the US and immigrants that you are asking about. A person who gets admission to a US college can use that admission to seek a visa. That way he can land in the US legally and begin pursuing his dream. Those who excel in school, can even apply for a visa to seek even higher education. That way the get closer to citizenship.
  2. The second is on whether this is the only country in the world that can offer higher education to immigrants. The answer is no. There are other countries with institutions just as good as those of the United States. In fact, many of the US institutions work in collaboration with those in other countries in the joint pursuit of knowledge. Unfortunately, there is only one United States. There is not enough of it to go around. So there is a push from right across the world by people who want to get in. The only doorway available to most of them is the pursuit of education, hence the pressure to get an opportunity to learn here. It is not just about education, it is about an opportunity to live in the US.
  3. The third question is about the impact of immigration on education in the country. Education is a very costly affair. I becomes costlier if foreigners too have to be catered for. Nevertheless, it is good to remember that the knowledge shared with these foreigners also goes to help America. There are people from all corners of the world who have made major discoveries right here in the US, which have a caused great progress in the world. Think of all those medicines which have been discovered here. Without the combination of foreign brains, and American support, those discoveries would probably have been impossible. So educational immigration has created a positive impact as well.

Leigh Manna year ago

Those who seek to come to study in the US are motivated by many other factors. The quality of education offered in the country is way above what they can get in their countries. Some want access to state of the art facilities to help in their studies, and they can get those in America. The impact of immigration on education in America is both positive and negative. There are students who come to the country and pay for their education. That is positive for the economy. There are those who come and then need financial support. That may impact the country negatively, but the knowledge they gain contributes to a better world. I would just say that the US has a role to play in making the world better. Offering education to immigrants is one such service. So it may be difficult, but it is a completely necessary obligation.


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