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An immigration fix? June 28, 2006

Posted by Tom in Media, Workforce.

This St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial offers a mixed bag solution to the immigration debate – boosting the number of H1-B visas to satisfy demand for highly skilled workers and allowing a number of temporary visas for low-skilled/non-skilled workers.

The H1-B proposal, in my opinion, makes perfect sense. Here’s how the newspaper described the situation:

The American economy grows by innovation, and innovation requires smart people with technical skills. The more such people we have around, the faster our economy will advance. Historically, we’ve grown most of our own innovators and relied on immigration for the rest. Albert Einstein, after all, was a Swiss immigrant.

Right now, we’re not developing enough scientists and engineers with the right skills to fill the needs of American corporations.

I’m still not convinced that their solution on the low-skilled side makes sense. Rather than pull the wrong quote, I’ll leave it up to you to click on their link. Perhaps we can have some dialogue in the comments.



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