Great data on foreign born innovation via patent filings over at Creative Class (see article here). This really makes the case for having an open immigrate policy rather than a closed border one. The quote about how other countries put R&D groups in the US because they cannot find diversified talent in their own country is only part of it. The US has an entrepreneur culture that fosters taking chances. Talent from all over the world comes to the US for the opportunity to create great products and maybe strike it rich. This is our great strength that is unique to the US — no other country seems to come close.