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02-10-2013, 04:44 PM #1
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New jobs at stake in immigrant policy-Kearney Hub Editorial
New jobs at stake in immigrant policy
HUB OPINION | Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013 8:30 am
According to the Kauffman Foundation, 52 percent of Silicon Valley startups were “immigrant-founded.” The list includes Google and Yahoo, Intel and Instagram. That finding, along with scores of other studies and snapshots of the U.S. economy, shows that immigrants are job makers, not job takers.
That fact seems lost on many Americans who have tough stands on immigration but don’t acknowledge our problems involve two different groups.
One group — the 11 million immigrants who are in the country illegally — gets most of the headlines. The illegals pose a more intractable and volatile problem, and what to do about them is a political hot potato.
The second group gets less attention. It’s comprised of foreigners who have entered the United States legally and must contend with federal immigration rules that drag out an expensive and nerve-wracking process to finally achieve citizenship.
President Obama recently described the second group as “the folks who try to come here legally but have a hard time doing so.”
Although so many studies tell us that immigrants are vital to our economy, a large number of Americans remain suspicious about these newcomers. Americans somehow forget that one of their nation’s greatest strengths is its diversity.
This has occurred again and again in our history, but Americans who resisted newcomers have always been wrong. Of vital importance today is recognizing that our immigration policies are actually threatening our economic well-being.
We ought to be welcoming immigrants, especially the scientists and researchers whose contributions can either help our nation create new jobs — or they can help create jobs in other nations.
Ironically, the brilliant foreign students earning degrees in engineering, computer science and other technological studies at U.S. universities will take their diplomas — and their skills — elsewhere because it’s too hard to become a U.S. citizen.
Think about it.
Every day the United States fails to address legal immigration, countries like Canada, Germany and Australia are draining away the brainpower we helped to create.
Those countries offer rapid residency and citizenship. They’re taking advantage of U.S. inertia on immigration policy. What’s worse, some U.S. corporations have no choice but to follow the talent and shift some of their operations overseas.
It’s time to shrug off outdated attitudes and reform our policies, beginning with how we handle legal immigrants.
New jobs at stake in immigrant policy - Kearney Hub: Opinions & Letters
02-10-2013, 08:07 PM #2
The State run media is pumping it out! Brain drain? - they need to stop at a Home Depot, or Walmart for a dose of welfare reality. JMO