September 5, 2006

THEY MUST NOT READ THE TIMES, HUH?:

For Those on the Outside, the Urge to Be Here Remains (Vikas Bajaj, 9/03/06, NY Times)

Whatever you may think about the state of the American labor market or the impact of immigrants on it, there is no denying that the right to work and live in the United States remains highly coveted.

Of those seeking entry, two groups dominate the numbers: low-skilled workers from Mexico and other Latin American countries and highly skilled professionals from India and China, said Richard B. Freeman, an economics professor at Harvard.

For the first group, the American labor market offers a higher standard of living and many more job opportunities. Life is certainly difficult for the first ones across the border, but their children have a far better shot at the American dream.

The second group, most of whom have at least a college degree, have different reasons for coming. They could get jobs in fast-growing economies back home, but they earn far more here and get to live in a fully developed, modern society.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 5, 2006 12:00 AM
Comments

The first group crosses freely the border by the millions, while the second group is blocked with red tape and bureaucratic hoops; the lucky few get H1B visas that require their eventual return home.

Cornyn is right, this is idiotic.

Posted by: Gideon at September 5, 2006 9:53 AM
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