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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Bloomberg: Failing to Reform Legal Immigration is National Suicide

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not been afraid to speak out in favor of liberalizing immigration policies and has given his most explicit warning yet regarding the dangers of ignoring this need.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Unless Romney gets in it is not going to happen.
  2. Simple Guy tired of waiting...'s Avatar
    There is no way to measure how much the US is losing as these talented individuals are leaving the shores for good. All it needs is past stats and some vision, not much. But i think it is too much to ask!!!
  3. Jack's Avatar
    He's been using the phrase "national suicide" for a while and says it's not meant as hyperbole. It appears he's referring to economics but it's interesting that he says "national suicide", not "economic suicide". This suggests there's also an element of that "essence of the U.S. is immigration" ideology--that it cannot exist without tons of it and this must continue forever.

    He talks a lot about skilled but then it turns out he's also for amnesty and mass immigration of the not so skilled and educated. He says things like "allow the people who can most help our country to come here to work, invest, and start businesses" but hedges with "America must always honor our tradition of welcoming the tired and tempest-tossed." He implies we have the ratio backwards, e.g.,:

    "We must begin allocating more green cards based on economic needs. Right now, only about 15 percent of all green cards go to employees and their dependents, while the rest go largely to immigrants' families and relatives. In Canada, those numbers are reversed."

    But is he willing to adjust that ratio without increasing the overall number? I've yet to see it. In fact, Bloomberg sounds like he's for unlimited employoment immigration of any type, not just H1B. I never hear anything about how that might negatively affect Americans. I don't think it occurs to him because he views immigration through the rosiest of rose-colored glasses. He also seemingly is cut from the "more/bigger is always better" cloth from which overpopulation issues are irrelevant: GDP is the index of economic prosperity and nothing else matters. If you asked him how even higher immigration would improve your quality of life, you can bet his answer would be auspicious economic claims. If you replied that you meant non-economic, that there's more to quality of life, he would probably look at you with bewilderment.
  4. US Visa Extension's Avatar
    Bloomberg also said the policy of capping visas on a per-country basis does not make sense and Congress should revamp the visa system. He proposed that graduate students in certain math and science fields be awarded green cards automatically.
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    "He also seemingly is cut from the "more/bigger is always better" cloth from which overpopulation issues are irrelevant:"

    They are irrelevant. If it is relevant the US will have 8.5% growth rate, Belarus would be at 14% and Singapore and Hong Kong would have negative 8%. Hence it is irrelevant. Obviously the man knows more than you do! Overpopulation issue is a strawman brought about by either misguided people or by racists who are afraid of making this a majority non-white country. But, if I have committed the atrocities white people had committed especially in the South and had the Supreme Court to protect them, I will be afraid too of a non-white majority! It is like a death row inmate waiting for his execution or fugitive on the run looking over his back...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Connick,_Sr.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-rules-against-exonerated-death-row-inmate-who-sued-prosecutors/2011/03/29/AF8tZPwB_story.html
  6. George Chell's Avatar
    "GDP is the index of economic prosperity and nothing else matters."

    Right now, with the country on the throes of another recession, nothing else matters, and nothing else should matter. First goal is to grow out of the mess we are in. May be you are very rich and you can afford to talk about other things..but for many who are making a day to day living or cannot, GDP is the only way to get out of unemployment, not curtailing immigration or population!
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    And as I have said over and over again, if it comes down between the economy and law, to hell with the law!
  8. George Chell's Avatar
    All overcrowded countries doing much better than the US...and even Korea now has foreigners....

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/hamish-mcrae/hamish-mcrae-asia-shows-a-vigour-that-is-sadly-lacking-on-our-side-of-the-world-2363297.html
  9. LFWF's Avatar
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/our-unprepared-graduates/2011/09/30/gIQAJGYBBL_story.html?hpid=z7

    I worry for my kids. Jack, any plans to do anything about this or are you sticking to over population as your pet peeve?
  10. George Chell's Avatar
    I would strongly suggest that Jack rant about his opposition to focusing on maximizing GDP to the people who are unemployed, when we are under the threat of another protracted slowdown at best or another recession at worst! Overpopulation talk is for people who have already made it in live or who are wealthy. I know one such person at the National University of Singapore..his name is Professor Banoji Rao..now why would he favor slow growth to so-called overpopulation...what the hell does he care about other people...he has made it in life and he does not want other people to make it. Jack is in the same boat...probably well off and does not care whether others make it or not...that is the reason people rant against the focus on GDP.
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