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
    Ajax 4Hire, 28 Feb 2008 @ 7:18am

    The US Immigration policy is broken...

    On one hand, you have congressmen trying to "forgive" 12-20 million people who snuck into the country (a Federal Felony). These politicians salivate and pander to a potentially huge new voting block of under-priviledged (well you will think under-priviledged once the politicians get thru with their speeches).

    On the other hand, anyone fool enough to prostrate themselves to the bureaucratic maze and marathon required to actually become a legal citizen of the US, it is too painful, too painful.

    Any other country that suffered this same fate would have declared this an invasion.
    France into Austria, Germany into Poland, Japan into China; any other time in history when a huge group moved into a foriegn land, it was called an Invasion.

    I can write no more for I am too upset.

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