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83% of US Junior Nobel Prize Finalists Are Kids of Immigrants

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By Solange Reyner   |   Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 07:12 PM

Eighty-three percent of finalists from the nation's leading science competition for high school students in the U.S. had at least one immigrant parent, so imposing restrictions on legal immigration, including high-skilled immigrants, will "not only force the U.S. to lose their contributions but the significant contributions that will be made by their children," the author of a new study writes.

Of 40 finalists of the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, 33 students were the children of immigrants, the National Foundation for American Policy reported.

"Moreover, 75 percent – 30 out of 40 – of the finalists had parents who worked in America on H-1B visas," author and NFAP Executive Director Stuart Anderson wrote. "That compares to 7 children who had both parents born in the United States."

The science competition, referred to as the "Junior Nobel Prize," took place in Washington, D.C., in March 2016. All 40 finalists and their parents were interviewed for the report.

The following were among the findings: 

  • The immigrant parents of the finalists came from Canada, Cyprus, Iran, Japan, Nigeria, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.
  • 14 had both parents born in India.
  • 11 had both parents born in China.
  • 7 had both parents born in the U.S.
  • 27 of the 40 children – 68 percent – had a parent who came to America as an international student.
  • Three of the finalists, or 7.5 percent, had parents who came to America as family sponsored immigrants. 

Trump, during his first two weeks in office, unveiled a travel ban that was quickly challenged and shot down by the courts. His administration issued a new ban aimed to withstand those challenges but still barred new visas for citizens from six Muslim-majority countries (minus Iraq this time around). It also shut down the U.S. refugee program.

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