In the discussion thread: U.S. senators introduce high-skill immigration bill in nod to Silicon Valley [View all]
Response to Skittles (Reply #1)
Wed Feb 13, 2013, 08:13 PM
WilmywoodNCparalegal (2,500 posts)
2. Cheaper talent?
The article clearly indicates that these foreign nationals would have to open up an enterprise in the U.S. and employ at least 2 full time workers. This means more business and more opportunities for U.S. workers too.
Plenty of start-ups in the Research Triangle Park area of NC were started by foreign nationals. Hell, I came to the U.S. because my dad managed the start-up phase after his Italian employer bought a tiny company in the middle of nowhere, North Carolina.
The reality is that the U.S. is losing talent to other countries because the legal immigration system is so slow, convoluted and lengthy. Countries like Australia and New Zealand are gobbling up numerous talented foreign nationals who would have come to the U.S. otherwise.
Most of these foreign nationals end up becoming lawful permanent residents and, in some cases, U.S. citizens. They contribute to their communities by paying taxes like everyone else, buying homes, sending kids to school, and adding some cultural variety. Most possess specialized skills or abilities that are uncommon, extraordinary or rare in the U.S.
I fail to see how a progressive community like DU can be in favor of a looser policy on illegal immigration, while at the same time being fervently against a solid reform of the legal immigration process which is getting ridiculous.
I am also saddened to see many on DU posting about various visas without knowing or at least learning about what they are, who can qualify, etc. from reputable sources.
In my many years on DU, I've often commented and corrected various posts on immigration topics, but it has often been a futile effort. The same stuff is recycled over and over as gospel - Computerworld articles (not an unbiased source), FAIR (not an unbiased source), a YouTube video from many years ago that does not involve H-1Bs at all (though many on DU insist otherwise), etc., while apparently those few DUers who actually work in the field - I being one of them, among a few others - are being derided and accused to be corporatists against U.S. workers.
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