Isn't It Better To Keep Smart Foreign Workers In The US Than Sending Them Home To Compete?

from the just-wondering dept

It's amazing how short-sighted some people can be on the immigration question. Rep. Zoe Lofgren has a wonderful idea, suggesting that we make it much easier for skilled foreign workers to establish residency if they get a job in the US. It's difficult to see why anyone would oppose this. Keeping those workers in the US, working for US companies, means that they're contributing to the American economy. Sending them home only lets them compete against us, potentially harming the American economy. The argument most often brought up against such proposals, that it hurts American jobs, is easily shown to be false. It's based on the incorrect assumption that jobs are a zero-sum game, and if a foreign-born worker takes a job, it means one fewer job for an American-born worker. Yet, if that foreign worker goes back to his home country and works for a company that takes down an American company, then we have a lot fewer jobs in the US, due to that worker going home. At the same time, if that foreign-born worker stays here, and while working for an American company, helps build up an industry, it will create many new jobs for both foreign and American-born workers.
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  1. identicon
    angry dude, 28 Feb 2008 @ 8:36am

    Mikey strikes out again, as usual...

    There is no f****** shortage of qualified workers in US, including MS and PH.D holders
    The "shortage" myth is being propagated by the large tech corporations (and their little paid stooges like Mike Masnick) to raise the quota for H1B visas to bring in more and more cheap slaves from overseas...

    In fact, many fresh CS and EE graduates from top US universities are having VERY diffucult time finding jobs, after accumulating more tnah 50-100K in student loans..
    Not a good deal at all
    This situation forces young americans out of science and tech and makes them pursue more traditional and lucrative careers like medicine and law..
    Soon US will lose its technological advantage and become a third-world nation...

    Then there won't be any need for this shitty blog

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