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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    Moderate American, 28 Feb 2008 @ 9:37am

    Racism has always been America's greatest disease

    Ahh, and this is why the Bigots will lose in the end... Fear mongering and ignorance.

    I happen to have a cousin who's an engineer living in Japan... has been for many years. They're a tough bunch, but aren't afraid to pay for great employees. Ultimately this is why America's economy sucks. We don't fix the problem when our corporations send our jobs to other countries, but we bitch and moan when they hire a limited number of the best people from those countries. What morons we are.

    It works MUCH better when WE hire from their best, and bring them here to pay our taxes and benefit OUR economy... the trivial amounts they send home... so what. We benefit more in the end. What we should REALLY crack down on is American companies that create entire service/manufactoring divisions in foreign countries to save a buck at the expense of THEIR supposed country!

    We're so freaking hypocritical its sickening. The get mad when farmers hire Mexican immigrants to come to this country and work for lower wages... supposedly they're taking the lowest paying jobs away from Americans... that apparently don't want them anyway... but who's thinking about that...

    But much of our economic woes are a direct results of the mass migration of higher paying tech/manufacturing jobs that American companies have been smuggling out of the country for the last 10 years. Oh, but at least the foreigners stayed in their own country...

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