Rafael Reif, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spoke with Bloomberg's Boston bureau chief Tom Moroney about President Donald Trump's travel restrictions to the U.S. from six mostly Muslim countries, and how limiting immigration and H1-B visas for skilled workers impacts the University.
Reif said he believes restrictive U.S. immigration policies will harm the ability of top schools like MIT to attract the best students from around the world. Foreigners make up more than 40 percent of graduate students at MIT.
“What happens, thanks to these immigrants, are places like MIT help the American economy -- that has to be understood,” Reif said in an interview that aired on Bloomberg TV. “The whole nation will hurt with this perception that we are not as welcoming as we used to be.”