Monday, May 15, 2006

Importing the world's poor and illiterate...

Exactly the wrong direction.
The percentage of work visas that would go to the highly educated or highly skilled would be cut in half to about 30 percent. The percentage of work visas that go to unskilled laborers would more than triple. In hard numbers for those categories, the highest skilled workers would be granted 135,000 visas annually, while the unskilled would be granted 150,000 annually.
The rest of the world is changing their laws to give favor to those who will ADD to the national skill base, not lower it. The economy of the 21st Century will be all bio and tech. These will not help it at all. This isn't the late 19th or early 20th century.

Don't give me that "Jobs Americans won't do...." crap either. Go to Minnesota or Denmark for that matter...."average" folks do that job. My ancestors used the same "we need the cheap labor..." argument as well. They based the whole foundation of their economy on it, and Sherman burned it to the ground. Try again.

Sen. Martinez, I want my money back from the last election. I should have sent it somewhere else.

One more thing. While you are stuck in traffic today, here is something from Powerline for you to chew on.
As we focus on what to do about illegal immigration, it's easy to lose sight of the issue of how much, and what type of, legal immigration we should permit. Robert Rector at the Heritage Foundation puts that issue into sharp relief. He estimates that the Senate immigration reform proposal sponsored by Senators Hagel and Martinez would allow an estimated 103 million persons to legally immigrate to the U.S. over the next 20 years -- fully one-third of the current population of the United States.
Hat tip The Corner.
UPDATE: Yea, what Mark Krikorian said.....

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