The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on immigation, basically saying that Americans are dirty lazy fools who are too stupid and lazy to engage in any useful ecomonic activity, and he's talking about white people. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124078847516857485.html In some ways the idea of brining in skilled educated immigrants is a good idea. While the author, L Gordon Crovitz, claims that almost all entrepenurial activity in Silicon Valley is immigrant initiate, that, in fact, is not true. All the origional Pirates of Silicon Valley were all white bread Americans; Jobs, Wozniak, Hewlett, Packard, Gates, etc, all the high tech winners were white and so were their employees. And most of the immigrants Grovitz sites are actually acculturated immigrants, not the job-shop programmers who are imported to drive down wages. And, because their wages are so low, are not the best and brightest.
But Crovitz does get one right, our immigration program is not working well, as he sites the figures that show that American universities are educating skilled workers and few of them are allowed to immigrate to the U.S., which is true.
However, Crovitz' dishonesty is evident from what he doesn't say. His article implies that few immigrants are coming to the U.S. Which is an outrageous lie, although implied and not said openly. In fact, for the last 20 years or more, the U.S. has allowed an average of 1 million aliens to immigrate to the U.S.
It is true that few of those are skilled workers as family relationships dominate almost all immigration to the U.S. And most of those immigrants have little education and skill, as they get her based on family relationships: Spouses, children, parents, and siblings of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. There is no requirement for either language skill, education, or ability. And, no screening for loyatly or patriotism.
Which brings us to Crovitz' article again and what it doesn't say. He refuses to address the real problem with immigration, that most immigrants get here based on family relationships. Most provide no contribution to the country, and most eventually go on welfare of some sort, whether it be Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, Temporary (LOL) Assistance To Needy Families, etc.
Leftists like Crovitz are always demanding compromise from conservatives, but Crovitz exposes his lack of integrity by ignorning the reality of our immigration policy. If Crovitz was serious about changing the system, he would have addressed this shortcoming, but to him, all he can think about is amnesty for the millions already here, who are not going to be starting any companies or high-tech concerns, but will be signing up for ever expanding welfare programs and voting for socialists like Obama.
Now any rational person would exchange our current family based immigration for a more rational policy of immigration based on skill, education, English, and willingness to become American. But that is not what Crovitz wants. He just wants our current policy augmented by increased immigration of skilled workers and add in amnesty for 20 million low skilled workers whose destiny is to pile on the eventual bankruptcy of the U.S. because of welfare costs and Socials Security payments.
Crovitz would be more credible if he addressed the real problem of immigration (and its relatinship to welfare and socialism), however, his refusal to be forthright exposes his real agenda; amnesty, increasing further unskilled immigration, and adding more skilled immigration. Which, unfortuneately, is the typical behavior of immigration enthusists. Dishonesty is the rule rather than the exception.
Of course though, his orginal thesis, that we can immigrate our way out of the current recession is absurd, but at least he realizes that the current policy is broken, but he just wants to make it worse and is dishonest about it.