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  1. Alden Greene 's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing this article.

    I would ask the editor to clarify, if possibe: aren't most of these students/entreprenuers/outstanidng Americans referred to in the articles(s) all here in the United States with non-immigrant visas (F-1, H-1, J-1)?
  2. Nina Mold 's Avatar
    I am an E2 visa holder. That means I bought a small business in order to live and work in America. I brought my family here in 2004 and since then I have doubled the employees of my business. My husband, as my 'dependent', is permitted to work outside my business, but my children are not allowed to have social security numbers. My elder daughter graduated with honors from university last year. She was able to get an OPT to work for a year, but if her employer will not sponsor her, she will have to return to England, leaving behind her parents, sister, brother and friends. My younger daughter graduated from high school last year and helps out at my business as she is an ESE student and not university 'material' No technical college will take her because she is not able to work in the U.S., so she has no choice but to tread water until she is required to leave the U.S. in two years time. At that time I will probably have to sell my business and go with her as she will still be in need of family support.

    E2 visa holders collectively employ about 1 million American citizens, yet we have no path to citizenship ourselves. That number of jobs could double if we had the confidence to expand our businesses, but current legislation denies us that. We have to constantly renew our visas at a cost of around $10K each time for a family of four. We can only get temporary driver's licenses and are not eligible for Homestead.

    People say E2 investors knew the deal when they came here. That's true, but once you have resettled your family and built up a successful business, why would you want to leave? Why would America want you to leave?

    I would like someone to explain to me why a foreigner who invests $500K in an EB-5 program that creates 10 jobs is entitled to green cards for himself and his family, thus allowing them to take American jobs, when someone like me can invest $400K on an E2 visa, create 20 jobs and NEVER be eligible for green cards.

    America should be rolling out the red carpet for E2 investors instead of blocking our path to success and family unity. Entrepreneurs do not just want to start new businesses, they want to start new lives. Open the door to foreigners with money to invest. What could possibly make more sense? Other developed countries have recognized the potential and offer citizenship to those who prove they can run businesses and create jobs.

    My elder daughter is in 2010's Who's Who Among American University Students. How ironic that she, like so many outstanding foreign students, will soon be required to take her well-educated self back to England to help with economic recovery there.

    The time has come for new laws that will keep the talent HERE.

    Nina Mold

    PS - ironic fact - My great-grandmother was a Cherokee Indian, so I have more American blood than most Americans!
  3. Honza Prchal  's Avatar
    Victor Davis Hanson is a leading neo-con and has taken a line similar to this for some time - Like many among the more populist right, he is less keen on low skilled entrants than on those who are high skilled and are more easily shown to be the rising tide that lifts all boats, etc., etc., but the caricatures of knuckle dragging racists are especially off the mark for one who has compared those illegal entrants who are otherwise law abiding as an easily exploited (by government, by employers and by advocacy groups that supposedly work for them) as our own particular helot class.
  4. Leslie Davis's Avatar
    In our opinion, this needs to be ILW's major theme in its daily newsletter, the press and other media. We are as a country, simply put, "stuck in the Dark Ages" when it comes to a competitive global view of employment which also encompasses another very urgent matter that should be garnering more attention - and that's education. We cannot say enough in terms of the importance of writing about this and bringing it before the public every day. Thank you.
  5. Roger W. Bloxham & Lynn Atherton-Bloxham 's Avatar
    WOW! You managed to say in a few words the fallacy that has driven so much "bad law" throughout history.
    I wish that the restrictionist groups would read this and study it diligently and develop understanding. The ability of companies to survive and thus provide both goods and services and need employees, depends on an open and voluntary exchange process. People can be as intelligent, hard working and creative as any, but if there are constant restrictions and no freedom of movement all that is for naught; rather one has a static or worse, a totalitarian society.
  6. Honza Prchal's Avatar
    I tend to take a rather libertarian view of immigration, so long as it remains legal immigration, strongly desiring a system that lets people pay a relatively modest fee to enter with discounts for signs of assimilation, like English proficiency, but neo-liberal Mickey Kaus' point about the liberals' present immigration rhetoric is a worthwhile corrective to some of us, like most libertarians, too easily contemptuous of populists as well as of what Americans call liberals.
  7. Don Miller's Avatar
    It is easy to wax philosophical on this subject but the reality is otherwise. There are essentially three basic reasons why American businesses establish in or relocate to, overseas locations. None have to do with, as you imply in your discussion, the "higher quality" work done by foreigners as opposed to American workers. The first reason is the most pragmatic: wages overseas are dramatically lower than in the US. Second is the relatively low-maintenance of a foreign workforce, ie., few benefits, no strikes, no unions, etc. And finally, but no less important, is the opportunity to get away from the increasingly onerous restrictions placed on American businesses of all sizes here in the US.

    It is important to remember that easily within living memory, at least up until the late 1960's, virtually all manufacturing, all farming, all business of any sort, was carried out and managed by Americans. Houses were built, we had restaurants, roads were paved, homes were cleaned, babies were sat, and the national demographics were apx 85% white European descent, 10% black Americans, and 5% "other". Virtually everything, every item in the ordinary American home, was "made in the USA". And the country was not only far from being a 3d World dump, it was the recognized world leader by almost every maesurement. How did we do this without hordes of Mexicans pouring over the border, without Asian IT geniuses populating Silicon Valley, without Somali tribesmen driving taxis in Minnaepolis and canning meat in Iowa? The answer is clear and simple...Americans knew how to work and did indeed work, and at any and all jobs that were required in the US at that time.

    The benefits of "globalization" are debatable and certainly not carved in granite as its advocates would have us believe. History (if it is still allowed) will tell the objective truth here. With a few simple actions, the US Government could greatly moderate the rush overseas and restore autonomy to large portions of the US labor picture. Americans can and will do every single job that has been relocated to an overseas operation. The question is not whether jobs "belong to Americans", it is rather why aren't American jobs being done by Americans and not, as you said, Malaysians, Filipinos, Mexicans, et al?

  8. Peter A. Allen's Avatar
    The problem I believe has to do with fear and with dreams. Fear of foreign people competing with us on global stage. Fear that we can't adapt to a loss of a job by getting more education or a new job. Fear blinds us and constricts us. This is why our leaders must set forth a great national dream that all of us can partake. To me, American exceptionalism means having the capacity of dreaming about big things and going out and making them happen. In the musical South Pacific, bloody Mary sings the verse, If you don't have a dream, how can it come true. In this sense Newt is right, if only he could combine this vision with humanity and humility. Don't fear the future, embrace it with love and wisdom.
  9. Joe Whalen's Avatar
    In regard to the revised Guide to Naturalization, it correctly states:

    NOTE: An absence from the United States for 1 year or more will
    break your continuous residence. You may keep your continuous
    residence if you have had at least 1 year of unbroken continuous
    residence since becoming a Permanent Resident and you get an
    approved Form N-470 before you have been out of the United
    States for 1 year.

    However, a problem has been seen in the actual adjudication of Form N-470, whereby, it has been (in my opinion) incorrectly asserted that the one year period as an LPR inside the U.S. is a filing prerequisite. I disagree with that assertion. Does ANYONE else see it that way or do you think I'm nuts? Anyone? Bueller....Bueller?
  10. R Yang.'s Avatar
    @ Don Miller,

    Prior to 1960, the exchange rate among world currencies were about the same, the wage across the globe was almost the same, silver and gold were still the standard to guarantee the value of paper money anywhere. There was less fuss on global exodus and immigration long time ago because anyone were paid about the same in wages in term or real silver and gold either in New York city or in Mumbai or in Singapore or in Warsaw in year let say 1920s. As the global currencies exchange rates differ greatly by artificially inflated and overrated paper currencies set by global bankers and developed nations then the push for those living in the developing nations to migrate and take advantage of higher wages overseas grew exponentially. Among those who live in many poor countries, they have valid and critical question of how it's fair and reasonable for Americans, Japanese and Europeans to earn income 10-30 times more than they are just because they live in different geographical location while the jobs require the same amount of skills, labor and expertise. They must work for 2-5 years to earn what Americans, British or Japanese make in 1 month.

    Any Americans who wonder whether we can go back to "the good old days" when everything was made in the USA and done by real "blond" English speaking Americans, I would say, yes absolutely ! We can even export our made in USA products and services to overseas competitively as well. But the problem is will any Americans accept the new reality that we must lower our expectation on wages to be on par with our nearest competitors and whether we are willing to pay extra premium and commit ourselves to buy anything on the market that are made in USA right now. We can't never condemn Apple inc. for manufacturing Ipads in its central China plants and demand it to bring back the manufacturing process here in the US while we don't want to pay extra money for products that are made by our fellow Americans. Unless Americans stop being hypocrite and living in denial, then we as the consumers are to blame of many US manufacturers have to outsource many jobs overseas because we demand quality products with cheapest prices possible.

    Talk is cheap and easy. This is the problem with today tea party, nativists and restrictionists movement. They love to preach on the others on things they don't do themselves. Just buy made in USA out there and be quiet. Set an example, simple as that.
  11. Honza Prchal  's Avatar
    Alabama immigration law arguments to be heard today by federal appeals court panel
    The law that put Alabama in the middle of a national debate over immigration goes before a federal appeals court in Atlanta today, pitting Alabama against the U.S. Justice Department and a coalition of civil rights groups.
  12. Don Miller's Avatar
    Re. Honza Prchal...Yes, but don't you find it dismaying that the Federal Government of the United States, in direct violation of its constitutional mandates, is taking the side of a foreign sovereign, ie. the Government of Mexico and its citizens in a legal action against an American State and American citizens? Can't help but wonder if the writers of the Constitution ever envisioned anything of this nature.
    Don Miller
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