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
    Depressed Develoepr, 28 Feb 2008 @ 8:56am

    Re: Re: Right and Wrong

    I'm not blinded--I did say there were several notable exceptions. I'm simply reporting what I've seen and experienced. It sounds like you are blinded--automatically screaming racist or prejudice rather than thinking.

    I've worked with plenty of really good foreign high tech workers when I lived in Asia. My theory is that the good foreign high tech workers (much like the good domestic high tech workers or the guy down below who is going back to Europe) don't want to be treated like garbage here in the States.

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