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Old September 14th, 2010, 09:23 AM
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Foreign stimulus - sensible article in NY times

THE debate over Arizona’s controversial immigration law and Congress’s passage last month of another border security bill gives the impression that the only problem with our immigration policy is its inability to keep people from entering the country illegally. Not so. The country has an antiquated, jerry-built immigration system that fails on almost every count. The good news is that there is a way to replace it that will promote economic growth while reducing the flow of illegal workers.

First, work-based visas should become the norm in immigration, not the exception. The United States issues about 1.1 million green cards a year and allocates roughly 85 percent to family members of American citizens or legal residents, people seeking humanitarian refuge and “diversity immigrants,” who come from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.



The remaining 15 percent go to people who are immigrating for work reasons — but half of these are for workers’ spouses and children, leaving a mere 7 percent for so-called principal workers, most of whom are highly skilled. No other major Western economy gives such a low priority to employment-based immigration, and for good reason: these immigrants are the most skilled and least likely to be a burden on taxpayers.
With so few slots allocated to work-based green cards, wait times continue to grow. Immigrants typically enter on temporary visas and adjust to permanent status over time. But most green card categories have strict numerical limits that fall far short of the number of immigrants on temporary visas who wish to stay. The most recent data suggest that 1.1 million approved applicants are waiting for employment-based green cards. Immigrants from China and India are among the most adversely affected because, in general, no more than 7 percent of green cards can be allotted each year to applicants from any one country.
There is a better way. Provisional work-based visas, sponsored by employers and valid as long as the holder has a job, should replace green cards as the primary path to legal immigration. These visas should not be subject to country quotas and should be open-ended, so that people who don’t seek permanent residency will not get kicked out of the country, as happens now.



The visas would be “portable” — that is, the holder wouldn’t be tied to one employer — to ensure that workers are treated fairly. But because these visas would be tied to employment, immigrants would have to leave the country if the economy deteriorated and they couldn’t find work.



In place of our current system’s lotteries and “first-come, first-served” policies, the government should hold regular auctions where companies can bid for permits to bring in foreign workers. Employers would bid highest for the most-valued workers, creating a selection mechanism that wouldn’t rely on the judgment of bureaucrats or the paperwork skills of immigration lawyers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/op...timulus&st=cse

This article reads like a dream for immigrants.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 09:37 AM
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Re: Foreign stimulus - sensible article in NY times

ha ha ha.. reminds me of special number license plates. Earlier the numbers for automobiles were issued on first come first served basis, and there was a black market for special numbers. Now they conduct auctions for premium numbers whenever a new series is released. The government makes money through auction, and the premium numbers are then sold for a legally higher premium to whoever wants a special number for his auto.
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Immigration has been one topic where both parties have failed miserably. All that Republicans see is illegal Mexicans and all that Democrats see is a Mexican vote bank. Between the two extremes, skilled workers are being shafted.
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