Tuesday, October 04, 2005

fyi IT groups push Congress to raise H-1B visa limits


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Kobielus kommentary:
The US seriously needs to get rid of these visa limits, and of all barriers to immigration. The only barrier to entry into this country should be the immigrant’s prior background or likely activities in this country. Obviously, a criminal record or intent should disqualify somebody from entering this country.

But why deny entry to law-abiding people of any nationality, and why eject them once here, if they can demonstrate continued good behavior? Immigration is a never-ending source of strength for our country. Immigrants are usually extraordinarily motivated to succeed in this their new country. And I’ll bet that a substantial percentage of immigrants—especially those with high-tech backgrounds—come here to start their own businesses. In other words, immigrants drive our economic growth, either as entrepreneurs or as especially hard-working employees.

I think it’s subtle racism to create a separate visa quota for Australians. What’s so especially virtuous about that particular nationality that should warrant us giving them a special dispensation? Their native English speaking? Most educated Indians speak English. In fact, most educated people of many nationalities have a decent fluency in English. Prior language skills of a national or ethnic group shouldn’t give them an advantage in seeking US citizenship. Nor should skin pigmentation.

We should open the door to smart, motivated, law-abiding people from all over the globe. We need to drop this fortress-America mentality.

Believe it or not, the world doesn’t hate us. They want to be us.