April 30, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 70 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
RECOGNIZING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 70
(Extensions of Remarks - April 30, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E511-E512] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ______ HON. STEVE STIVERS of ohio in the house of representatives Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Mr. STIVERS. Madam Speaker, I rise today on behalf of the people of Ohio's 15th Congressional District to recognize the contributions of international students and scholars. At a time when nations around the globe are increasing their efforts and deploying new strategies to attract international talent, enrollment in American institutions is on a decline. Ohio's 15th Congressional District, and the nation, benefit from these students, and we are at risk of losing this valuable talent. [[Page E512]] In addition to bringing diverse perspectives and new ideas to our classrooms, international students have an economic impact. They create jobs and stimulate our economies. In fact, it is estimated that in the 2017-2018 school year, in the 15th District alone, international students contributed over $48 million to our economies and created over 500 jobs. But the economic value that they contribute to this country is not in dollars and jobs alone. In fact, individual current and former international students contribute their talents in our communities each and every day across this great nation. I'm proud to have international students contributing in a significant way in my own congressional district. To cite just one example, Rebin Muhammed is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics at Ohio University in Athens. His area of focus is Ring Theory, which is key in the design of codes that facilitate space travel, digital communications, and high-fidelity music recording. Originally from Iraq, he is helping inspire the next generation of mathematicians by volunteering with the Southeast Ohio Math Teachers' Circle and The Math League of Southeast Ohio, which coordinates math-related activities for diverse groups of middle and high school age kids. It is students like Rebin who deserve an immigration system that works. Perhaps most importantly, we should continue to attract students by creating a path to green cards for the most talented. We should not educate future leaders and innovators, only to force them out of our country when they are on the verge of the next breakthrough. With tomorrow, May 1, as ``Decision Day'' for students to commit to colleges across the country, I want prospective international students to know their contributions are valued, and they are welcome here. I urge my colleagues to join me in celebrating the contributions of international students and in working to make sure the United States is the destination of choice for the best and brightest across the globe. ____________________