US President Barack Obama has vowed for a comprehensive immigration reform that would welcome new immigrants to the US and attract talented engineers from countries like India.

“Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country,” Obama said.

Addressing the nation moments after being sworn in for his second term by the Chief Justice of the United States, Obama promised that immigration reform would be one of his top priorities for his second term.

While mentioning the talented engineers, the US President was apparently referring to the large number of engineers and technology graduates who are now being forced to go back to their countries either because of the long waiting period for legal permanent residency — popular as Green Card — or those not getting H-1B visas.

People from India have complained that they are the worst affected by the current system.

(This article was published on January 22, 2013)
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