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Quartz reporter Ananya Bhattacharya spotlights a new study co-authored by Prof. Pierre Azoulay that examines the role of immigration in entrepreneurship, and finds that immigrants in the U.S. act more as “job creators” than as “job takers.”

The Washington Post

Writing for The Washington Post, Prof. Harvey Lodish emphasizes the importance of foreign workers and immigrants to the U.S. economy. “Without students and workers from outside the U.S., it’s difficult to see how the current successes of U.S. scientific research and innovation could continue,” writes Lodish.

New York Times

In an op-ed in The New York Times, MIT President L. Rafael Reif writes that it is “self-defeating” for the U.S. government to signal that it wants foreign students to stay away. “Precisely at a time when we face sharp economic rivalries, we are systematically undermining the very U.S. strength our competitors envy most,” he cautions.

National Public Radio (NPR)

Graduate student Maya Nasr speaks with NPR’s Jenn White about a new rule from DHS and ICE that would bar thousands of foreign students from studying in the U.S. “One of the big things that all of us as international students have been facing over the last few years is the feeling of hostility in the U.S.,” says Nasr. “It’s important to realize the long- term impact of such an environment on the U.S.”

Fast Company

Profs. Dina Katabi and Angelika Amon are included in the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s annual list of “Great Immigrants, Great Americans,” reports Ben Paynter for Fast Company. “Carnegie’s Great Immigrants roster continues to highlight the people who’ve made the best of a new opportunity—and represent the best in all of us,” writes Paynter.

CommonHealth (WBUR)

Carey Goldberg reports for WBUR CommonHealth on the MIT president’s recent letter to the community describing immigration as a kind of oxygen. “In his letter, MIT President Reif adds the force of his own bully pulpit, writing that MIT flourishes because it draws talent from around the globe,” writes Goldberg.

The Washington Post

In an article for The Washington Post, graduate students Elizabeth Dekeyser and Michael Freedman write about their research examining the impact of anti-immigration rhetoric on voters in Europe. They found that “elections with high levels of nationalist and anti-immigrant rhetoric affect individual attitudes much more strongly than those with low levels of such rhetoric.”

Boston Globe

A study by MIT and Yale researchers finds that the number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. may be two times greater than current estimates, reports Andres Picon for The Boston Globe. “Our goal was not to do anything political or policy-oriented; it was just to provide a better number, so that policy makers can debate over policies using it,” explains Senior Lecturer Mohammad Fazel-Zarandi.


A new demographic model proposed by researchers from MIT Sloan and Yale finds that there may be double the number of estimated undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S., reports Scott Lanman for Bloomberg. MIT Senior Lecturer Mohammad Fazel-Zarandi and Jonathan Feinstein and Edward Kaplan of Yale found that, “the widely accepted estimate of 11.3 million undocumented immigrants in the United States is too small.”


Writing for WBUR’s Cognoscenti, Amy Carleton, a lecturer in Comparative Media Studies/Writing, highlights three novels that vividly portray the immigrant experience. Carleton writes that the novels are about, “searching and finding, belonging and wanting — the things that define our human experience regardless of our point of origin.”

CBS This Morning

Prof. Junot Diaz appeared on CBS This Morning to speak about his new children’s book "Islandborn," which was partly inspired by his experience as a young immigrant from the Dominican Republic. "A lot of us can't remember our origins,” said Diaz. “We're shaped by places and people that we've never, ever met. And that's something important to recognize."


President L. Rafael Reif speaks with Matthew Campbell of Bloomberg about how the free-flow of talent contributes to America’s success as a leader in innovation. “We’ve been so lucky over the years that the best in the world have wanted to come to the U.S. If all of a sudden we don’t have the MITs because no talent comes, America will hurt.”

Bloomberg News

During a broad-ranging conversation with Tom Moroney of Bloomberg News, President L. Rafael Reif discusses why education, the free-flow of talent and federal investment in fundamental scientific research are key components to America's success. Reif explains that, in his view, the foundation of our future is, “talent and believing that our research and investments will benefit the American economy.”

Bloomberg News

President L. Rafael Reif speaks with Tom Moroney of Bloomberg News about why the free-flow of talent is so important to the U.S. economy and the country’s innovation ecosystem. “If you stop that supply of talent, [from] which we are fortunate to benefit because of the welcoming culture of America,” says Reif, “that will have huge implications.”

The Washington Post

Graduate student Elizabeth Dekeyser writes for The Washington Post about why the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party’s push to reverse Germany’s current citizenship law could backfire. “More inclusive citizenship policy, not less, will encourage greater national identification,” writes Dekeyser, “not just among children who are potential German citizens, but for their families as well.”