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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

ANDREW SULLIVAN: IMMIGRATION SYSTEM AT A BREAKING POINT

Rating: 14 votes, 5.00 average.

Andrew Sullivan, uber-blogger and one of the country's most influential political pundits warns that our paralyzed immigration system is at a point where it is harming our economic security:

The legal immigration system - the same one that has kept me in limbo for a quarter of a century - is reaching a breaking point.
Skilled immigrants are returning home to the more fertile opportunities
in China and India because America makes it almost impossible for
talented immigrants to move here:

"What was a trickle has become a flood," says Duke University's
Vivek Wadhwa, who studies reverse immigration. Wadhwa projects that in
the next five years,
100,000 immigrants will go back to India and 100,000 to China,
countries that have had rapid economic growth. "For the first time in
American history, we are experiencing the brain drain that other
countries experienced," he says.


Multinational companies that belong to the American Council on
International Personnel tell Executive Director Lynn Shotwell that
skilled immigrants are discouraged by the immigration process, she
says. Some can wait up to a decade for permanent residency, she says.
"They're frustrated with having an uncertain immigration status," she
says. "They're giving up."

Try
two decades. And here's a simple example of the bureaucratic nightmare:
the HIV ban was repealed in July 2008. It is still in force. No one
knows for sure when it will actually be lifted. The federal government
is simply paralyzed with red tape.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    What the MNCs wont tell you is that they are following the migrants, taking jobs, tax and social security revenues with them. For the past decade many US corporations have created more jobs in Australia, Singapore and elsewhere and cut jobs in the US while the deluded racists at CIS and FAIR, and some of the idiot letter writers in USA Today continue to think that one immigrant sent out means one more job for Americans! And idiot politicians believe that garbage too!
  2. AHMAD AHMAD's Avatar
    THINK OF RACISM.
  3. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Think of predjudice in your own country - against other races, religions, gay people, etc. Now, think of where you want your kids to grow up, both in terms of future economy and prejudices.
  4. AJ's Avatar
    Relevant to this post, the USCIS has published detailed data for the existing Employment Based I-485 backlog grouped by date, preference category and country of chargeability.
  5. AJ's Avatar
    Link didn't post. Trying again.

    http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/New%20Structure/2nd%20Level%20%28Left%20Nav%20Parents%29/Green%20Card%20-%202nd%20Level/Pending%20Form%20I-485%20Reports.pdf
  6. gg's Avatar
    CIR coming ...

    http://www.irishecho.com/newspaper/story.cfm?id=19661
  7. John's Avatar
    AJ,

    Thanks for the post, I went through the data and it does not make sense to me or may be I understood otherwise. Greg and you could correct me if i am wrong.

    EB3 ROW was pretty much U (unavailable) since Aug 2007 and there were ~ 1000 I-485 applications filed after that (according the USCIS pdf), if it says U then no one should be able to file the application right?
  8. George Chell's Avatar
    Wonder how many jobs were moved abroad as a result of the backlog nonsense and how much loss to social security and tax revenues as a result!
  9. George Chell's Avatar
    "CIR coming ..."

    Like wolf is coming..hope the antis are becoming compalcent and if and when the wolf shows up, they dont show up in large numbers!

  10. Jack's Avatar
    The first two factors Wadhwa cites:

    oCareer opportunities. At NIIT, an information technology company based in New Delhi, about 10% of managers in India are returnees, mostly from the U.S., says CEO Vijay Thadani.

    Most go into mid- to senior management and make "excellent employees," he says. "They're Indian, so they understand India, and they have lived outside the country."

    China's government entices some skilled workers to return with incentives such as financial assistance and housing, says Wang Baodong, spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington. "China needs a lot of well-trained personnel" in fields such as finance and information technology, he says.

    oQuality of life and family ties. People return to India to reconnect with their families and culture, Dutia says. "They have a support system there, family and friends."

    Purchasing power is greater, he says, which allows returnees to afford more luxuries than they did in the U.S. Dutia describes a complex of "magnificent homes" in Bangalore. In the club room, there were "all these Americans and Europeans and expats on the treadmills with iPhones, watching CNN and BBC," he says. "Things have changed."

    ----

    Thus, based on Wadhwa's survey, the more these countries develop, the more these two factors will inevitably pull people back to their home countries even if America had the easiest immigration process possible.

    So if you are paranoid about America's economy being harmed by training technology workers and entrepreneurs (both in universities and on the job) only to have them go home and use what they learn against us, you need to question your assumption that everyone offered green cards and citizenship will stay forever. If the export of human capital is your concern, an American is much less likely to go work for an Indian company than an Indian with a U.S. work visa or even green card.
  11. LFWF's Avatar

    Valid point Jack. However, just from personal and other experience, people weigh everything before making a desicion like this. It is not easy to uproot your family and work...and life...and move back to India, all that stuff above not withstanding. There is no doubt in my mind that if the GC process were streamlined and did not produce these horrbly long waits, the desicion to return would be weighed differently. Some will certainly return, as India and China grow. Many others will stay where they are...
  12. Vivek Shah's Avatar
    Jack - Prof Wadhwa's doesnt specify how many of those people who went back were actually perm residents or us citizens...I would guess that a lot of those people who went back were kinda pushed over the edge by being in immigration limbo or were older people (with kids over 21 yrs) who chose to go back and connect with their roots.

    It is an undeniable fact that the longer time people puts their roots in a particular country, the less likely are they going to migrate back or to a different country.
  13. George Chell's Avatar
    "If the export of human capital is your concern, an American is much less likely to go work for an Indian company than an Indian with a U.S. work visa or even green card."

    However, loads of American corporations may take their jobs to India or China and definitely Singapore and Australia, creating a big hole in tax revenues and unemploying more Americans.
  14. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "If the export of human capital is your concern, an American is much less likely to go work for an Indian company than an Indian with a U.S. work visa or even green card."

    There are plenty of Americans working for companies co-founded by Indians and other nationals. Just look at Silicon Valley. Plus co-founding is not important for creating jobs - just look at the technologies that create new proiducts and spur innovation and growth. Intel has been advertising that the guy who invented USB memory stick is working for them. How many US jobs do you think were created just because of that innovation alone?
  15. gg's Avatar
    LG to introduce CIR bill :
    http://feetin2worlds.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/immigration-bill-coming-sooner-than-expected-latino-congressman-to-introduce-measure-ahead-of-white-house/
  16. Legally waiting's Avatar
    Greg,

    As you know EB3 India and China is severely backlogged.

    How is a recapture of lost visas by USCIS possible?

    How can the lost visas be recaptured? Is an executive order by the president enough? Does it need to be passed by congress?

    Can you please shed some light on this?

    It has been done in past.
  17. Francois T's Avatar
    EB3 from everywhere has a huge backlog.
    My wife has appealed a denial of a I-485 dated Jan 2007 based on a ridiculous technicality that was caused by the PA dept of Labor.

    It is so clogged everywhere in the system that our lawyer strongly suggested to refile instead of waiting.

    ::roll eyes::
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