Posted Jan. 30, 2017 at 2:33 p.m.

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Published: 2017-01-30 14:33:40
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Guest opinion: Former Triangle tech entrepreneur turned academic and author Vivek Wadhwa, a U.S. citizen and immigrant from India, says the Trump Administration's executive order on immigration "sent shock waves through the tech industry over the weekend because it was a loud and clear message to the world that America's doors are now closed, and xenophobia and bigotry are the new rules of law."...

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Import brains, export tech; we get it. I mean, think about how many American universities might go out of business if not for foreign students? Clearly, the United States remains the preferred land of opportunity for many immigrants. But how many of those immigrant-initiated businesses you touted are responsible for national security, or even remotely connected with it? Well, yeah, I guess that is the responsibility of the president and his staff, right? Come to think of it, what is the vetting process for native United States citizens to enter any of the seven countries in question, or India, or China, etc? – haven’t seen that mentioned anywhere? Frankly, I doubt that the temporary ban will put much of a kink in the influx of foreign talent eager to make their fortune, or at least get their university education, in the USA. But does your last paragraph hint that you might be thinking of going the way of the unicorns?
Hmmm.
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