Who Are We as a Nation?

July 31, 2016 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Robert S. Whitehill authored the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, "Who Are We as a Nation?"

As the 2016 presidential election nears and the candidates escalate their fiery political rhetoric about immigration and immigrants, there’s been a devastating anxiety felt by talented immigrants who are here legally in the United States and who can add significant long-term value to our nation — or not.

Over the past few months, most of my immigration clients ask, at the end of our meetings, one more question: “Do you think that the law will change after the election so that I won’t be able to stay?” The most recent client who asked is an Indian physician pursuing a fellowship. Visa in hand, he’s talented, Hindu and scared.

I tried to minimize his concern, but had nothing to promise. All I could say was that anything is possible.

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