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The Economy & You #22: How Immigration Policy Hurts the Economy


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Recently, I was reading an article written by Alex Tabarrok in The Atlantic magazine about our country’s immigration policy that left me scratching my head.  It seems that U.S. policy regarding what many would consider the world’s best and brightest as counterintuitive.

It is well known that our colleges and universities welcome students from across the world to study and learn.  These students come for a premiere education, and the cost does not come cheap.  Still, our nation’s immigration policy does little to help keep these recent graduates in the United States.

Consider the following: every year the United States authorizes approximately 140,000 employment visas for immigrants with graduate degrees, professional degrees, and other skills.  With a workforce of 150 million, the number of skill based visas is incredibly low.  To make matters worse, these 140,000 visas must also cover the spouses and children of that high-skilled worker.  The result is that these highly skilled immigrants can wait years before they are granted a visa.  What is likely the most egregious part, is that there is a cap on the number of visas allowed per country regardless of the size of its population.  This means that the same number of visas – 2,803 -are allocated to Spain, Senegal and Singapore as are allocated to China and India with populations over 1 billion people.

Why wouldn’t the U.S. want to attract and retain those immigrants that have the skills that to grow our economy.  According to the article, 25% of the new companies in the technology and science fields are founded by immigrants who are often graduates of our universities.  These immigrants and the firms they found create more jobs and higher wages for Americans.

Currently, immigration policy does little to keep high-skilled immigrants.  While the U.S. limits high skill visas to 140,000, we welcome over 1.1 million legal immigrants each year. One of the best ways for the United States to remain competitive is to change our focus on immigration from family-based to a work-based system.

The U.S. could establish a system that would provide foreign-born students that graduate with advance degrees from American colleges and universities a path to permanent residency.  America has taught and trained these students to become the best and the brightest, we should be doing what we can to benefit from this investment.  This is especially true in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As our economy continues to evolve into an intellectual economy, those nations with the brightest and most creative stand to grow and prosper.  The U.S. must take steps to ensure that we are truly the land of opportunity.

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  1. There is so much corruption in Washington and the state level, which is why illegal entry is not a felony. This is unquestionable tyranny against the will of the people, that Washington DC has no intention of approving any real immigration enforcement? That we must keep paying for everybody who flies in from anywhere, climbs the fence or just parts the simple barbed rusty wire and slips through. I, like millions of other patriotic Americans are furious and frustrated for paying my fair share for the upkeep of anybody who can steal into America. Ron Paul, contender for the White House is correct, when he stated at the last debate in Arizona, put the troops that are in Iran and Afghanistan and deploy them fully armed along the border.

    There is only one cure for the corruption in federal agencies and that is joining the TEA PARTY. Thousands of fraudulent programs will be exposed and billions of dollars will be saved. This confronts the rot that has entered the Democratic and the Republican parties, and the astronomical deficit that America is suffering from. Read some unrevealed evidence at Judicial Watch, that is a legal non-profit website. Judicial Watch is the opposite of the Communist backed ACLU; a panderer to the illegal alien invaders. In addition, NumbersUSA gives you in depth analysis of costs to taxpayers and insider news from Congress. Lastly, the positive controversial website of “American Patrol” gives you one-click bridging news editions to the nationwide media, where the truth prevails in articles suppressed by the overwhelming Liberal press. It is only new TEA PARTY leaders will reveal the corrupt in Congress and return us to a small efficient government, with no free crony handouts to wealthy donors.

    Why doesn’t Congress revise the original E-Verify plus bill introduced by Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Homeland Security Chairman Peter King(R-NY) in 2005? The Border Protection, Anti-terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act (H.R. 4437) had all the stringent enforcement needed? It required the use of E-verify and made it a felony to be in the USA illegally. It also increased penalties for employing illegal workers to $7,500 for first time offenses, $15,000 for second offenses, and $40,000 for all subsequent offenses. It also, caused the housing of removed aliens to become a felony crime. It passed in the House by a vote of 239 to 182, but questionably it didn’t find passage in the Senate?

    The usual stomach churning zealots complained, so REAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT never took center stage, with the combined efforts of a variety of migrant, humanitarian, and religious organizations, and other radical groups. Policies that providing federal or state welfare as UNFUNDED MANDATES forced on all the American population by court order and extorted from your taxes. By neither political party voting for the new mandated version of E-Verify or the Birthright Citizenship bill, millions still attracted by jobs and a free reservoir of welfare programs, will still buy a seat on a international flight as a tourist or just cross that border. If Governor Brown doesn’t veto it, every illegal alien who applies at the DMV should be reported to ICE; better still have an ICE agent standing by the DMV clerk.

    PRIOR TO ANY CHANCE OF OBAMA BEING RETURNED TO THE OVAL OFFICE, EVERY VOTER MUST PUSH THE SENATE AND HOUSE POLITICIANS TO FORCE PASSAGE OF “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE BILL” AND SECONDARY “THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL”. VOTERS MUST DRIVE THEIR LAWMAKERS TO DO THEIR BIDDING, AND CALL THEM AT THE OFFICE & TELL THEM THEY WILL BE LOOKING FOR A JOB IF THEY DON’T SPONSOR THESE LAWS? MORE JOBS WILL BE LOST IF WE DO NOT STOP ANOTHER AMNESTY, THE COST $2.4 TRILLION DOLLARS AS STUDIED BY THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION.

    To some extent revitalized E-Verify, “the Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) will heavily penalize businesses for hiring illegal aliens, who are stealing jobs from the majority of low income workers. Second in line of Merit is the “Birthright Citizenship Bill (H.R.140) that by Amendment, will prevent the welfare abundance of public welfare check assistance to the illegal parent of a child smuggled or already here, if neither parent is a U.S. Citizen.

    The E-Verify system can identify illegal migrants and immigrants after hiring and unless they can further substantiate their immigration status, they will be dismissed. This is an easy, none evasive and simple way to qualify an applicant, by inputting the personal data in a company terminal. Then to resolve any discrepancy you travel to nearest Social Security office. Mitt Romney has spelled E-Verify out, as “ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT—or Self Deportation. Anything that actually works as “SECURE COMMUNITIES (286 G.), are suddenly under bombardment. The problem that administration sees that is locating illegal aliens through fingerprints, even with individuals with criminal infractions. But the ICE czars in Washington are giving them presidential treatment and not deporting them? Even if they have stolen an American citizens Identification, they are being released back into the mainstream of the country. This is a true—BACK DOOR AMNESTY.

    After the border fence is really secured and full access by the U.S. Border Patrol to all regions, then the new administration can talk about a regulated Farm Guest Worker program (not the fraudulent entry we have now) and a congressional oversight for employment visas for scientist, engineers and the highest echelon of technical immigrants. But the door must be slammed shut on the covert operation of slipping low skilled workers into the country and no more importation of copious poverty from South of our border or from foreign countries.

    Join your chapter of your local TEA PARTY. Only the TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP has the backbone to shred the current tax code and provide a fair and equitable tax system, without any loopholes for anybody. Every possible means available currently and in the future will be utilized to secure our borders, to halt Sanctuary Cities, Chain Migration, but adopt a regulated Guest Worker program, without a path to citizenship. It is solely the obligation of every American voter to check for non citizens registering for all future elections. That every person voting must display official Picture ID, as there has been progressive voting by non citizens. The laws of the 1986 Immigration Reform & Control Act (IRCA) will be reanimated as original was to work. Sanctuary Cities will be banned and official who subscribe to any ordinance protecting illegal aliens will be sanctioned every possible means will be used to remove illegal aliens from this country and benefits stopped. Illegal aliens will not be prosecuted for using stolen ID, including Social Security numbers and birth certificates.

    Everybody is complaining about both parties in Washington, but cannot find a few minutes to contact their Senators or Congress persons at 202-224-3121 and demand the vote for both federal MANDATORY E-Verify or amend the ‘Birthright Citizenship’ Bill. Once enacted into law a massive exodus will commence, as illegal aliens and family members will return to their country of origin.

    ISSUING DRIVERS LICENSES TO ILLEGAL ALIENS WILL JUST ENCOURAGE MORE TO SQUAT IN CALIFORNIA. STATES THAT HAVE ENFORCED IMMIGRATION POLICING LAWS AS ARIZONA, ALABAMA, GEORGIA, UTAH, INDIANA AND SOUTH CAROLINA, ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE FLEEING THOSE STATES AND CERTAINLY HEAD FOR THE WEST COAST IF THE DMV IS SUPPLYING LICENSES? THE TIME HAS COME TO THROW OUT ALL THE GOVERNORS, MAYORS, JUDGES, CHIEF OF POLICE WHO IN COLLUSION WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND FOREIGN GOVERNMENT, IF THEY ARE SUPPORTING THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS IN THIS COUNTRY.

    February 23, 2012 at 10:05 PM

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