Romney’s consideration of legal immigration reform instead of just enforcing the laws that the past three administrations ignored is questionable and worrisome – different than what he alluded to in the primaries. I guess once a fence rider, always a fence rider – and why I did not vote for him in the primary election.
Romney told a Univision audience that he supported immigration reform and told a group of Latino elected officials that he’d “staple a green card” to the diploma of every immigrant who earned an advanced degree. … Republicans still appear to be appeasing immigration restriction groups rather than considering what’s good for the country.
America needs more highly skilled workers, but a Republican amendment to grant 50,000 STEM graduates that failed in the House this week would simply have replaced one set of available visas – so-called diversity visas that made available the same number of visas to applicants from countries that contribute few immigrants to the U.S. pool – with another. Worse, if fewer than 50,000 STEM graduates applied, the visas would not be re-allocated to other classes of applicants as diversity visas had been, thus reducing overall immigration. At the heart of intransigence on immigration is one basic misconception: high-skilled immigrants are good for America, but low-skilled immigrants harm the country. … But those “unskilled” workers actually have skills America needs. … Those jobs do not always pay well, especially in industries that have low profit margins, which is why many American-born workers shun them. And those who might be expected to fill the same niche as low-skilled foreign workers – American-born high school dropouts, for example – aren’t very attractive to employers. … high school dropouts from the U.S. have already demonstrated they lack the very attributes that low-skilled immigrants have in abundance, including initiative and discipline.
…a disaster equivalent to a neutron bomb wiping out a major city. If 11 million people suddenly disappeared, millions of homes and apartments would suddenly go vacant, which would destroy a housing market already on life support.
It’s good that some in the GOP are softening their rhetoric – but the party will have to do better than offering a plan in a few thousand more skilled immigrants If they’re serious about fixing the problem.