Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Ashlyn Kuersten

Second Advisor

John F. Koryto, J.D.

Third Advisor

Michael E. Stroster, J.D.


My research will include an analysis of recent trends in U.S. immigration law during the post 9/11 era. The significance of these trends is that they particularly inhibit the immigration of the world's best professionals and brightest academic students in the fields of science and technology. The purpose of this Honors Thesis is to demonstrate the adverse effects that anti-immigration policies are currently causing on U.S. economic growth and on the recently implemented national security initiatives.

First, this Honors Thesis will provide an overview of current economic needs and national security needs which demand continued growth in immigration of academic students and professionals in the specialized areas of science and technology. An overview of foreign student and professional worker programs will be provided along with a breakdown of the problems that face both programs. The study will conclude with suggested amendments to U.S. immigration law that would enhance rather than undermine the U.S.' proclaimed dedication to the improvement of economic growth and national security.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only