By limiting visas for skilled foreign professionals, the United States only harms itself…

The Washington Post

THANKS TO the nation’s dysfunctional immigration system and the dysfunctional Congress that keeps it that way, tens of thousands of promising, intelligent, ambitious and highly skilled foreign professionals, including thousands receiving advanced degrees from American universities this month, will be denied a chance to contribute their expertise and energy to the American economy. Few policies match this one is terms of sheer irrationality, and few will do as much damage to this country’s long-term prospects and competitiveness. Yet Congress, mired in a political swamp of its own making when it comes to immigration, seems incapable of extracting itself.

Although the United States welcomes unlimited numbers of foreign students and subsidizes their education in engineering, physics, computer science, medicine and other disciplines, those students face increasingly steep obstacles to employment here. So do educated foreign workers whose skills are needed in the American workforce.

This year, some 163,000 applicants from both categories vied for 85,000 H-1B work visas — 65,000 for foreign workers with bachelor’s degrees and another 20,000 for foreign alumni of U.S. graduate schools. In April, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was so swamped it stopped accepting applicants after just five days; recipients were selected at random by computer lottery. The number of applications was a third higher than last year and shows no sign of abating.

2 Responses to “A Recipe for Weakness - Propaganda on the Menu”
  1. jo says:

    i feel i just entered the vomitorium!

  2. melody says:

    blah, blah, We need more brain power. blah, blah, We are told there are no brains here. blah, blah, Never mind the “brains” that will be “saving” us can’t stop their own countries from sliding into a garbage can. These wonderful people are coming to save us from our stupid selves. blah, blah, blah.

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