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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    Patrick, 28 Feb 2008 @ 12:03pm

    Same old stuff

    Industry is ALLOWED to import foreign workers by the FTC and INS, and I am sick of the BS that we are short of tech workers....not true, we have plenty of programmers, IT and engineers. I get so depressed when ABU from Calcutta Tech comes into the office at 4am leaves at 8pm, produces crappy work that I have to fix and is lauded by management as "Our kind of hard working employee." You can bet your ass that if they paid ABU 75 dollars an hour instead of 30,000 per year management would maybe, just maybe look at his quality of work. HR is only putting butts in seats, if they have the right degree and will work for peanuts thats all that matters.

    I say screw them all, I don't care if India or Pakistan is a Crap Hole, I don't care if their government is in chaos, they should not be allowed to lower the standards of hard working U.S. citizens. I know I sound like some Neo Con but dammit we have to cut off the gravy train or it going to lower your standard of living and your children's standard of living. I can do my job better than most and I welcome any kind of competition, but paying 150,000 for an education and getting a 35,000 dollar job is just soooooo stupid.

    And for all you guys that want to work in Europe, good luck. A resident visa that allows you to work in the EU for more that 90 days is damn hard to get unless your "Uniquely" qualified or an academic. They don't want us cheap Americans coming over there and ruining their good thing.

    Wise up people, we are giving up the store, we giving up our country.....for nothing.


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