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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Katherine Kersten's Korner

After a full Easter Sunday meal and a bit of pleasant wine-tasting, it really isn't fun to have to read Katherine Kersten and her latest kolumn. I can think of many much better things to do on a lazy Sunday. But alas, she was not given the day off, so I have to take a look as well. This week, Kersten continues the immigration train, this time talking about how hard it is for highly-skilled workers to get here using the H-1B visa program.

Wingnuttia Level: Choose your own.

There are a couple ways to interpret this week's kolumn. Kersten is right when she talks about the problems that H-1B workers experience, and how the quota for these workers is probably set too low considering how many of these people the U.S. economy needs. If one is generally pro-immigration, as I am, this is just another example of how screwed up our immigration process is and how we need to let more people come into this country. If you are against immigration, as many other people are, you can see this as not a problem at all, since these workers from foreign countries are taking jobs away from Americans.

I'm a free-trader for the most part, and a big part of that is the free movement of capital and employees. So take from this what you will. Debate amongst yourselves.

1 Comments:

At 5:30 PM, April 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering how many unemployed and under-employed scientists, engineers and other tech workers we have, the quotas on H-1B visas should be a lot closer to 1,000 or 2,000 rather than something over 85,000.

http://www.kermitrose.com/econ.html

 

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