During the Cold War, scientists working at the laboratories of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology produced ideas and inventions, such as distant early- warning radar and satellite-tracking systems, designed to help the U.S. prevail over the Soviet Union.
Leon Lin was ecstatic when he found out he’d be leaving home in southern China to study at the University of Connecticut. As the Chinese agent whom his parents paid $5,000 to help him get into the school told him, the university’s flagship campus at Storrs was a highly ranked institution, with 25,000 students and ready access to Boston and New York City. And eventually Lin would return home with the status and career advantage of a U.S. degree.
The immigration revisions that a Senate group is set to unveil soon will hinge on a Republican demand: making a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented in the U.S. contingent on a measurable boost in border security.