The Immigration on Which We Agree

Amity Shlaes’ Saturday op-ed on immigration gives the impression of suggesting something controversial regarding a way in which immigration could help to save Social Security, but when the reader gets to the following, it turns out to be something not very controversial at all:

Here’s where demography morphs from enemy to friend. Suppose we adopt the partial fix above. At the same time, the government hands out hundreds of thousands of green cards to skilled workers, the sort of talent that companies such as Microsoft, Wipro, Intel and Infosys sponsor.
Make the rules for receiving those visas liberal enough that immigrants can get them with minimum hassle and can, eventually, become citizens. Since these skilled immigrants will earn more than the average immigrant, or even the average worker, they will pay more payroll taxes.

At least to my experience, nobody argues that the United States should not seek to cull the cream of the world’s crop. The dispute is over the degree to which we should strive to be so selective — read, by some, as “discriminatory.” It’s peculiar, therefore, to argue that immigration could save Social Security without stressing, above all, as the primary point, that America needs to focus on a particular type of immigration policy.
We’ll realize any number of benefits if we manage that cultural, intellectual shift.

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Brittanicus
Brittanicus
11 years ago

The criminal decay is spreading and that is why the governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer has been forced by these circumstances to enact police actions. BECAUSE THE US GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS– AMERICANS ARE CONFRONTED BY ALIEN CRIMINALS WHO’S ACTIVITIES ARE SPREADING NATIONWIDE. But read what this internal war is costing taxpayers, by not securing the dilapidated fence across the Southern border. Not only will I send my Donation for Sheriff Joe Ariapo, but another as a contribution for Arizona’s Governor if the state is sued. MILLIONS WILL FOLLOW MY EXAMPLE BY DONATING.THIS IS A GROWING WAR AND UNLESS WE FIGHT BACK, OUR GRAND CHILDREN WILL SUFFER. I left California, as English is almost a second language there now? Information about expenditures are available by applying Google and using keywords, such as “Illegal alien entitlements.” or words to that effect. Read more: dailycaller.com/2010/04/15/illegal-immigration-is-a-tax-dollar-drain/ Learn where your tax dollars are going? Authored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) Lamar Smith is the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee. Every country has a right to restrict foreign nationals from entering its sovereignty lands–no matter their country of origin? America has been infested with extremist groups that are stealing our–OUR–rights, freedoms and denouncing the US Constitution. Even the national press has been infiltrated by staunch Liberals, hiding behind the Democratic mantle. The feds need to permanently install E-verify, that includes the 287 (G) empowerment of police to inquire of a person’s nationality. This has finally happened in Arizona, as the legal residents are sick and tired of subsidizing illegal immigrants. It is incessant battle of law enforcement in principle cities, throughout America fighting against the deadly encroachment of drug dealers. Throw out all the pro-amnesty incumbents starting with Sen. Harry Reid in the midterm Election? The rest might get the message… Read more »

George
George
11 years ago

Wouldn’t surprise me if the Projo editors wrote the title of the piece with the express intent of twisting the point.
Clearly, legal importation of talent is good for the country, with or without an income tax and social security system.
I enjoy Ms Schlae’s work, but I was a bit puzzled by her thought process in this piece. There are so many better reasons to promote and support legal and targeted immigration policy.

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