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VIRGINIA EMPLOYERS FIGHT BACK ON IMMIGRATION POLICIES

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Virginia employers are fed up with so-called pro-business, small government legislators promoting legislation that destroys businesses and costs Americans jobs. We need to keep reminding  Republicans and blue dog Democrats who claim to be pro-business that being pro-business means creating an orderly system for immigration that combines strong enforcement and legal ways to sponsor workers. Any politician who is in favor of the former and not the latter is NOT pro-business even if they try and wear that label.

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  1. USC's Avatar
    Now INS targets yacht owners:

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/sfl-flzyachts1216sbdec16,0,1512120.story

    "He said he recently ran into trouble when he entered the United States through Las Vegas. An agent at the airport wanted to stamp his passport with a departure date just two weeks away, and Dolling was forced to negotiate for two months instead"

    While already liberal S'pore (as reported by Greg) moves in the other direction:

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/News/News_By_Industry/Jobs/Singapore_all_set_to_attract_skilled_Indians/rssarticleshow/2544428.cms

    "companies have brought in a large number of Indian IT professionals to Singapore sometimes within a couple of hours."

    Finally, to lighten things up:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/12/science/12watson.html?ex=1355115600&en=c928e89aff961c6e&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

    Ouch, ouch!!
  2. paskal's Avatar
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/14/AR2007121401333.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

    LOOK BOTH WAYS
    The Right Road to America?

    By Amy Chua
    Sunday, December 16, 2007; Page B01
  3. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "The "barbarians" who sacked Rome were Germanic immigrants who never fully assimilated."

    They were not immigrants, they were occipied by the Romans and revolted. She can't put two and two together. Yale-shmale...
  4. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "But once the brothers and sisters of a current U.S. resident get in, they can sponsor their own extended families. In 2006, more than 800,000 immigrants were admitted on this basis"

    Is she really a Yale law professor? Does not she know that by the time "brothers and sisters" are able to sponsor their relatives, they or their relatives would be dead? 800,000 came that way? Really? How many were in the immediate family category, how conveniently she forgets to mention that number in her Napoleonic plans to fix immigration? 70K EB visas? I thought it was 120K, actually, even after the CIS misses and unskilled worker 10K. And the 65K figure is somehow quoted without the 20K advanced degree and not a single uncapped nonprofit H1 or L1.

    I understand the point she is trying to make and I do support it - but lying with numbers is the most revolting way to do it. People like her undermine the cause. Real numbers help create real conversation.

    "A common language is critical to cohesion and national identity in an ethnically diverse society."

    BS. The whole "national identity" thing is just another flavor of bigotry. Civil crises and unrest are a result of class differences, not ethnic or language differences. When there is black riot in LA or Cincinatti, she can't possibly say "it is all because those people don't speak English", but France, of course, is a prime expample that she features without ever thinking what caused it (and the language was not an issue there, either). Oh, by the way, civil war is another form class driven unrest that has nothing to do with "national identity", in fact, it generally happens in most ethnically and culturally unform societies. Building a coheisive is a good goal, but of course, she would not support measures that are geared to build it, since that would be discrimination agains white males in her eyes.
  5. not to support or defend this's Avatar
    but to clarify this...

    70,000 would be the number if you figure the rest in EB are families. also however long it take sto get siblings in, the fat is they are included in the 800,000 from FB every year. in 2007 they may be siblings who applied in 1990- sure- but there are always siblings and their families...

    the basal point is not wrong- families are important but are treated here with disproportionate deference...
    do you agree with that much?

    the rest of course one can debate...it's all grey areas...
    actually i do believe immigrants have every interste in having their kids learn english- it's the way to success.
  6. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Think of it - why people immigrate to this country - siblings or not? It is to make a new life, to achieve success. The probability of success gets lower if people had to wait too long - even 5 years matter, I am not even talking of 25. So, the US created a system that effectively reduces the probability of success for new immigrants, thus hurting both them and the country. Makes no sense. So, her suggestion of "drastically cutting those numbers" is going to result in... people waiting for 50 years now? Not allowing Americans to bring their spouses and adopted children (that's by the way ias the only way to cut anything out of that 800K)? What a great solution, a lot of people are going to welcome it!...

    The answer is of course in the combination of factors - if a relative has what it takes to immigrate, they should be able to do it. The problem is that the only "has what takes" system is EB, and it is not going to provide the right solution for distant family (too expensive, too complicated, no employer in their right mind would do it to bring someone into the country). So, there needs to be a point system, where people are given some points for family ties, and some points for skills.

    Oh, by the way, what we are discussing here is "how do we improve abacus" (American immigration system), while other countries have invented computers some time ago. Americans just don't have the guts to admit that computers are better.
  7. Another voice's Avatar
    It's about time that the industries that are immigrant dependent join the fight on immigration. They are in the middle of the fight and they should flex their muscle in Washington in favor of a better solution to this broken system.
  8. B's Avatar
    "It's about time that the industries that are immigrant dependent join the fight on immigration. They are in the middle of the fight and they should flex their muscle in Washington in favor of a better solution to this broken system."

    Unfortunately that will not happen anytime soon because Companies and Industry reps only care about "workers" not "immigrants".
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