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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's public university presidents say they'd like to see the state's U.S. senators help overhaul the country's immigration system.
A letter from the university presidents to Republican senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul says current immigration policies lead to American universities educating some of the world's top international students, who then go to work for competing companies abroad.
"Kentucky cannot afford to wait to fix our immigration system," the letter stated. "As we send away highly skilled workers trained at Kentucky and other American universities, competing international economies are welcoming these scientists and engineers."
The letter goes on to say, "Low limits on visas leave immigrants with no way to stay or facing untenable delays for a permanent visa. Top engineers from India and China face wait times of up to 9 years to get a permanent visa, and new applicants from these countries may face considerably longer waits."
The letter advocates making sure the nation's top international graduates have a clear path to obtaining a green card.
The letter was signed by U of L President James Ramsey, UK President Eli Capilouto, Murray State President Randy J. Dunn, Robert L. King, the President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Western Kentucky President Gary A. Ransdell, Eastern Kentucky President Doug Whitlock, Northern Kentucky President Geoffrey S. Mearns, and Morehead President Wayne D. Andrews.