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Monday, May 28, 2007


The immigration reform bill being debated in Congress would make it easier for foreign doctors, engineers and other professionals to become permanent U.S. residents. The bad news is that it will also worsen the brain drain from the developing world. Read the full column here, and let us know what YOU think.


Blogger Bauta said...

Constant immigration is not good for the United States, but it's worse for the developing world and especially bad for Latin America. Remittances are creating a new class of lazy people in countries like Mexico and Cuba, where people who receive money from relatives in the US don't want to work. (a report on the subject was recently published in La Opinion)The fact that scientists and other skilled workers leave Latin Amereica might force those countries to do something to improve their living conditions.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For Venezuela and Cuba and Argentina and Bolivia and Ecuador, in fact, for any nation that insults us and undermines our foreign policy, yeah, open the visa spigot on all the talent in the country. I'm surprised it's not been done already. I'd really like to see the U.S walk off with all the talent in Venezuela. Would make it easier to get a Venezuelan meal over here, too.

2:35 AM  
Blogger Bauta said...

The US needs a better mix of immigrants, that was a title of a column in the Herald a few days ago. We can't turn the US into another Latin America. We need the best and the brightest from all over the world if we want to successfully compete in the global market. We have more than our fair share of Latin Americans, let's give Asians who speak English a chance too. Temporary workers are the solution to our shortage of agricultural workers. They do the job, get the money and return to their countries to invest it and help in their development. If they stay here their countries lose and we lose too. On the topic of the point system, let me tell you that we can't afford to bring brothers and sisters (Latin Americans usually have very large families) who usually are married with many children. Their spouses, once here bring their own brothers and sisters, so the chain becomes infinite. I understand that the media is liberal and wants more, not less immigration, but the American people, when given a chance to speak, or to vote, vote against immigration. Check the numbers in Hazleton, PA. The mayor won reelection with 94% of the vote. In Farmers Branch over 68% of the people voted for the anti-illegal immigrant ordinance.

10:05 AM  
Blogger leftside said...

Oppenheimer, like most politicians, can offer no solution to this very critical problem. He doesn't even try. That is because the root of the problem is the sort of US dominated "free trade" regimes we have today. Capital flows disrupt local societies and create labor dislocation. Unemployed workers then follow where the money is coming from... NAFTA has doubled immigration from Mexico.

The solution is to have sensible engagements with our neighbors, rather than cling to the outdated diktat of neoliberalism. The US needs to step up and help fund development projects, like the wealthy countries of Europe did in Portugal and Ireland - and are now doing in E Europe. We also need to allow developing countries to protect their vital interests, including the right to their natural, human and cultural resources.

Poor nations can not spend tens of thousands on one's medical education and just allow them to go to the US as soon as they graduate. Just as much is they can't allow their flora and fauna to be privatized. For the US to promote these things is immoralin its all or nothing approach is immoral - much different from the way Europe engages Latin America by the way.

1:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its no more good news for developing nations.Because usually countries will spend some thousands of dollars for engineering and medical students,if the students get high wages and chances to become permanent resident of US,they'll move to US.So,it'll directly affect the developing nations..
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