“Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens…. [they] come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. It makes no sense.

…Let’s stop expelling talented, responsible young people who can staff our research labs, start new businesses, and further enrich this nation.”

President Barack Obama in the 2011 State of the Union. He was speaking about people like me.