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
    Ferruccio Fortini, 29 Feb 2008 @ 3:42pm

    Re: The US Immigration policy is broken...

    "France into Austria"...? The "latest" clash between these two powers was in 1859 in the War of Italian Independence. Austria had been occupying much of Northern Italy for generations; France intervened in alliance with those Northern Italians who had remained independent (Piedmont, essentially), defeated Austria, freed most of the Austrian-ruled lands, and allowed the formation of the Kingdom of Italy (the reigning family of the latter ceded Savoy, their ancestral lands, and Nice, to France as part of the bargain). Never heard THAT "called an invasion" (though I admit that, due to my ancestry, I'm more familiar with the Italian and French viewpoints on this, than with the Austrian one).

    I've also not heard US sources call the conquests of Texas, California &c "an invasion" (though I do suspect the Mexicans, who used to own these lands, and the Native Americans, who owned them earlier, might well do so). Anyway, these were more-or-less organized movements based essentially on force of arms -- the latter aspect is key to defining "an invasion" (nobody's ever called the movement of huge groups of Africans into the Americas "an invasion", as the Africans arrived unarmed and in fact under duress, while "invasion" means the incoming people fight to occupy lands against the previous occupiers).

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