“Our new paper, “America’s Loss Is the World’s Gain,” finds that the vast majority of these returnees were relatively young. The average age was 30 for Indian returnees, and 33 for Chinese. They were highly educated, with degrees in management, technology, or science. Fifty-one percent of the Chinese held master’s degrees and 41% had PhDs. Sixty-six percent of the Indians held a master’s and 12.1% had PhDs. They were at very top of the educational distribution for these highly educated immigrant groups ? precisely the kind of people who make the greatest contribution to the US economy and to business and job growth.”
In my opinion, what made America so great are the immigrants and all their contributions (particularly Brits and Germans). Now, in the name of some dubious “patriotism”, we’re hearing about how Obama is not American-born (and should, therefore be sacked!), about immigration laws needing to be tightened because of “national security”, about rounding up illegals, etc. Meanwhile, free circulation Europe is ever expanding and milking every aspect of it.
Is it pragmatic to require highly productive people to go through hoops for visas (particularly post-9/11), while the baby born in the US doesn’t need to? In global times where jobs are being shipped overseas, do such barriers on humans make sense? Or is it that I am idealizing the old days?
I agree that America is become less of a desireable place for immigrants, but it is a result of the anti-business and anti-growth policies of the the Democrats in Congress and now Obama.
Quite true. Protectionism, one of the highest corp. tax rates, and gov’t mandated cost of living hikes makes this country less competitive. I don’t think there is any surprise here, nor do I think you will get much argument.
On immigration, we really have no choice but to be selective. You cannot have open boarders and a welfare state. This is a surefire way to bankrupt a country. Open borders would be a much better choice. We have chosen the welfare state.
We I say open boarders, I mean legal entry into the country.
I don’t think many would argue that the process for legal entry by seemingly productive immigrants should be simplified. It’s the border jumpers we should be concerned with.
The other trend I find disturbing is non-americans coming here to be educated in tax payer subsidized universities. Knowing that the tuition costs payed by students are subsidized by tax payers, shouldn’t visitors to this country be paying a higher cost?
There was a very large population of Asian students at the school I went to that had no intention of staying here after graduation. I got to know quite a few in the various areas of study I was in over my college career. I seemed to be a minority while majoring in Applied Math, Computer Science, and Telecommunications Engineering. I switched my major a few times.
Again, another instance of open boarders and a welfare state.
I also don’t find it concerning that the rest of the world is more competitive with the US. Why would we be concerned with the other countries improving. Sounds like something that would be possitive for the world economy.
The only thing concerning me is making policy that puts us at a disadvantage. Immigration law (not enforcement) is probably the least of our worries when it comes to this.