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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy


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As I noted in my top ten problems article posted last night, the biggest problem in the entire immigration bill may very well be the elimination of the employment-based green card categories and it's replacement with a one size fits all point system where anyone who scores over a certain threshold can get in to the country. That means that those currently qualifying as extraordinary ability aliens in the EB-1 category can get on line and wait. And wait. And wait. That's because the point system will allow anyone in the world with a decent education background to qualify to immigrate regardless of whether they have employment lined up in the US. So it's possible that millions - perhaps tens of millions - of people might get on line and cause backlogs of decades for US green cards. Nobel laureates don't get any special preference. And if you're an Academy Award winning actor or a Olympic gold medalist, we don't want you. The new point system doesn't offer points for artistic or athletic ability.

The Washington Post reports on this problem in this morning's edition.

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  1. David Cottrell's Avatar
    So we let in a few baseball players along with the brightest. Big Deal. Our congress is so far removed from rational thought it is is fast becoming irrelevant. All they want is to alow in as many economic slaves as possible as quickly as possible. The best and the brightest need not apply. Write to your senators.
  2. C_G_K's Avatar
    You are SO right about this. A blind points system has created a situation in Canada (where I am from) where there is a huge underclass of educated people doing menial work, because they looked good on paper, but are not employable for whatever reason. Many countries have corrupt educational systems where bogus degrees are granted and won't be accepted by employers or licensing agencies. There is also a problem in Canada where new grads can't get work in their field since they are competing with too many experienced people who have come from other countries and flooded certain professions. The current system in the U.S. avoids BOTH of these problems? Like somebody said, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!! Having to have an employer willing to go through the hassle of sponsoring someone from overseas is a fantastic screening tool.
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