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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 03:50 AM
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Romney: U.S. Needs Skilled Immigrants
Romney: U.S. Needs Skilled Immigrants
By LAURA KURTZMAN
Associated Press Writer

August 20, 2006, 12:52 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES -- Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told the California GOP convention Saturday the United States should encourage foreigners with skills to immigrate, while discouraging those who come here illegally and without skills.

"It is wrong for us to build an absolute concrete wall against those with skills and enterprise," he said, referring to foreign students who come here for advanced study, "and have a wide open door for people with no education and no skills."

His remarks were greeted with enthusiastic applause from this conservative crowd, for whom illegal immigration is a hot issue. Romney, a Republican governor in a Democratic state, is exploring a presidential run in 2008. California, with its reservoir of campaign cash, is a key stop along campaign trails.
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http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-rom...

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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 03:53 AM
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1. Yeah right.
While looking for tech work on the internet, I have come across a number of job listings that are H-1 only.

Jobs tha me, you or others who live here could be getting.
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:45 AM
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9. That's outrageous
If the Democrats were smart, they'd introduce a ton of bills designed to prevent American citizens being turned down employment in favor of "guest workers". In fact, the whole thing sounds like job discrimination.
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anotherdrew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:11 AM
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2. god forbid we should train
once - company need a person who can do X? then they TRAIN a dude to do X and pay him such that he won't want to leave. That is how the FREE MARKET is suposed to work.
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skids Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:12 AM
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3. Thanks for nothing Mitt. I'm voting for Patrick.

This unemployed highly skilled Massachusetts resident begs to differ.

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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:19 AM
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4. Cheap labor conservatism
good compliant little workers who will keep their mouths shut working for peanuts and taking whatever crap the employer shovels upon them.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:21 AM
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5. with a hightech twist:
Romney seems to be saying - come take our desirable jobs... and leave the no-skill /low-wage jobs for Americans!

Winning sentiment :eyes:
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thepurpose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:39 AM
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6. These people don't want to pay the clean up crew a decent wage
let alone skilled labor. All those HB1 people coming over will get theirs in the end because they will screw you too to keep cheap labor.
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life long demo Donating Member (116 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:05 AM
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7. We need skilled immigrants like we need Bush
No way! No how~ We have a tremendous number of skilled American workers either unemployed or underemployed. That is where Democrats should be going for support. The economy is in the toilet. Wages have dropped. They are the base.
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Joe Bacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:31 AM
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8. How about putting more money into education and giving kids a shot?
Gee, Mitty, wouldn't that make more sense, Oh, I forgot, you believe in a totally privatized education system.

Must be a shame to be an even bigger jerk than your father was, Mitty!
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dogfacedboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:46 AM
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10. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
What America needs to do is a better job at educating our young, and training Americans for these jobs!
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:50 AM
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11. But even that isn't the case
America already has tons of skilled, well-trained people. More than enough, really. It's simply that cheap-labor capitalism has slammed the door in their face in favor of low-paid "guest workers" and low-paid offshore workers in foreign countries.

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The Anti-Neo Con Donating Member (402 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 12:05 PM
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12. Yeah, what a load of crap.
This kind of thing happened to a friend of mine who was a network engineer at an IT firm. He made about $65K a year before he was cut. The firm hired an H1-B person to replace him, and he found out later that this H1-B worker was only making $27K/yr. with very limited benefits. My friend now sells cars for a living making about half of what he was. Some economy huh?
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silverojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:23 AM
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13. Some economy, indeed
Let's bring in more Mexicans!! :sarcasm:
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NewYorkerfromMass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:52 AM
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14. Apparently, builders think that "no education and no skills"
are quite valuable, or else they would not hire day laborers in droves to work on their construction projects.
These exploiters of the masses WANT them to think that they have "no education and no skills", when in fact they are very valuable to the builder's bottom line.
Mitt and his GOP exploiters club would like people to believe that illegals have "no education and no skills", when in fact they have them in abundance, and are all too eager to exploit them.
More lip service.
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