Steve Tobocman Sees Immigrants as Vital to Recovery

Former Skadden Fellow Steve Tobocman’s (’97) efforts to revitalize the Detroit region were featured in a National Journal article (“Michigan as Midwest Silicon Valley?” Jan. 17). The article noted that Michigan ranks highly among states with well-educated foreign-born populations, and that 32.5 percent of technology startups in Michigan from 1990-2005 were founded by immigrants. Steve sees “immigration as part of the solution for our economic rebirth,” and he is working on projects intended to attract and keep “immigrant talent,” but he says federal policy that forces foreign students to leave after completing their education is hindering growth. “We believe that you ought to look at amending the federal immigration system to allow immigrants to go to places like Detroit and Michigan where they are most needed,” Steve said.