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Old 05-21-2010, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Anyone who has studied in an academic setting the effects of immigration can recall that immigrants can be extremely beneficial to society, especially when the immigrants are:
1) young, and
2) educated

So, why do we have a quota-infested, family-reunion based immigration system? I think a point-based system makes much more sense. Potential immigrants would get a point for each level of education attained, get extra points for being under a certain age, and gain a point for having a strong knowledge of English. And why not give a point for having a close family member already in the U.S. too, just so we're not totally callous towards broken families. That way, a more equitable set of criteria is established; there is no set requirement, you can be well educated and English speaking but not very young, or any other combination. The point system can then be tweaked as needed to ensure that the U.S. continues to attract and actually accept (!) the world's best and brightest to keep our country the center of innovation it has been.

Too many promising engineers, doctors, nurses, computer programmers, etc., who would love to work in the U.S. are being denied entry just because of the country on their passport.
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Old 05-21-2010, 01:28 AM
 
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Anyone who has studied in an academic setting the effects of immigration can recall that immigrants can be extremely beneficial to society, especially when the immigrants are:
1) young, and
2) educated

So, why do we have a quota-infested, family-reunion based immigration system? I think a point-based system makes much more sense. Potential immigrants would get a point for each level of education attained, get extra points for being under a certain age, and gain a point for having a strong knowledge of English. And why not give a point for having a close family member already in the U.S. too, just so we're not totally callous towards broken families. That way, a more equitable set of criteria is established; there is no set requirement, you can be well educated and English speaking but not very young, or any other combination. The point system can then be tweaked as needed to ensure that the U.S. continues to attract and actually accept (!) the world's best and brightest to keep our country the center of innovation it has been.

Too many promising engineers, doctors, nurses, computer programmers, etc., who would love to work in the U.S. are being denied entry just because of the country on their passport.
We have enough people here already. There is NO shortage of promising engineers, doctors, nurses, computer programmers, etc. The only people claiming otherwise are spokespersons for the cheap labor lobby, who are looking to increase the number of work visas granted to foreign nationals as a means of modern day indentured servitude.
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:17 AM
 
Location: ...at a 3AM epiphany
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We need to eliminate illegal immigration into this country before we do ANYTHING regarding an allowance of more into this country. You and all those wanting to come here legally can thank all the illegal aliens for that!
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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We have enough people here already. There is NO shortage of promising engineers, doctors, nurses, computer programmers, etc. The only people claiming otherwise are spokespersons for the cheap labor lobby, who are looking to increase the number of work visas granted to foreign nationals as a means of modern day indentured servitude.
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We need to eliminate illegal immigration into this country before we do ANYTHING regarding an allowance of more into this country. You and all those wanting to come here legally can thank all the illegal aliens for that!
Agree 100%.
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:15 AM
 
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We already have - by far - more legal immigrants than any other country in the world.

We also have very high unemployment rates. While it might seem great to just let the American people go down the drain and what's the point in corporations providing scholarship money and investing in Americans when immigrants can be brought in and will work for much more cheaply?

It's foolish to think that no Americans can be engineers, doctors, nurses, computer programmers, etc, because they can be if provided incentives and given better schools.
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