Another in a long line of articles and studies highlighting the benefits of immigrant labor to the United States. I would absolutely love for our political class to wake up to this fact, but it’ll never happen.
At the very least, let’s start by dramatically increasing the number of H1B visas that are issued to skilled workers. At some point, I’d like to find an article arguing that this is a bad idea and then pick it apart piece by piece. We’re hurting our economic competitiveness the more difficult we make it for others to enter this country.
Finally, a good anecdotal story on the negative effects of our immigration policy. Having talked with several individuals who travel back and forth to the US on visas regularly, this experience is not a one off. A few years ago I arrived in the UK without a necessary visa. After hours of waiting, I was finally informed that I was being sent back to the United States. The immigration officer informed me that, generally, individuals were allowed to obtain the Visa at their embassy in London as long as they had a return ticket (which I did), however, I could not. Parliament had recently passed a law in retaliation for what it viewed as overly harsh American security procedures that resulted in the forced return of British citizens. The world notices. We should pay attention.