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
    Getefix, 28 Feb 2008 @ 9:50am

    Exile

    I'm an American programmer who was forced out of the country to look for work because of the import of all the cheap foreign programmers. I have a friend who works at M$ who says he loves importing programmers from former communist countries because you can basically beat them over the head and they won't complain. After several dozen job interviews in the States I scraped bottom and sought employment at an Evangelical Christian college. Things were going great until they asked me where I was on my personal path to salvation and I couldn't lie. So here I am working in Iceland. I don't plan on returning to the country that sold off my future for pennies. Plus this place is packed to the rafters with hotties!

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