Saturday, June 01, 2013

"New Immigration Approach? Give me your skilled masses, yearning to succeed", fuck that.

From the Seattle Times:

"Consider this: Two young people, both living in Honduras, and each with a strong desire to emigrate to the United States.
One has learned English, was valedictorian at his high school and is in his second year of college. The other dropped out of high school, has minimal skills but has a brother already living in the U.S.
Considering what’s in the best interest of this country, which of the two should be allowed in?"

I say the one with the brother living in the U.S. The article is about a potential shift in visas allowing lots of high skilled jobs to go to folks from overseas. Frankly, I think we need a completely mercenary approach to this, in that we're not obligated to be the high end employer of the world, but need to provide jobs to people who are already here.

To me, in point of fact, the person with minimal skills who wants to make it in the U.S. is a better candidate, in that if you're really talking about people "taking our jobs", it's not folks like him you have to worry about. In fact, I think that the people who are in the country either illegally or semi-legally working menial labor should be legalized, and should be paid more for what they do. 

If we want to preserve any vestige of economic and political influence in the 21st century, in the face of other rising super powers, the first thing we need to do is to stop giving away the high powered jobs to people from overseas and instead grow our own talent, and be, frankly, very outright about our preferences.

*with the other folks too, there the issue of Mexico and Latin America also being areas that are, in fact, Native American to one degree or another, meaning that immigration from Mexico and other parts of Latin America to the U.S. really isn't immigration to a foreign country...

**to clarify: if you want to know what the American Dream is about, it's about people coming here with nothing working hard and making it. It's not about people who already have lots of skills, who could easily be applying them in their own countries, coming over here and taking high paying jobs.

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