Making Some Changes

An expert panel is encouraging President-elect Barack Obama to change or even get rid of many current regulations on high-tech exports and immigration by foreign scientists and engineers, says a story in the New York Times. The report, issued by the National Academy of Sciences, says current policy is outdated and hurts both the economy and national security. "The U.S. cannot protect U.S. jobs by denying access to foreign professionals," the panel said.

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