[ale] Why we need H1-B professionals
Ricardo.Davis at PowerSystems-IM.com
Mon Feb 3 12:35:16 EST 2003
At 11:10 AM -0500 2/3/03, D. Alan Stewart wrote:
>Don't shoot me, I'm only the messenger! An article on ZDNet:
< sound of bullet loading in rifle >
In all seriousness folks, this is short sighted.
Our Libertarian friends and their fellow travelling neo-Conservatives
have been beating this drum for a while.
I'm for one cannot stomach the xenophobic mania that sometimes
emerges in anti-immigration discussions. But there is a place for
rational discussion past the race baiting and mushy multiculturalism
that goes on. Mr. Caroll makes an attempt to do so. Allow me to
make a rational response.
Let me poke a big hole in Mr. Caroll's thesis. He equates our
current situation with the immigration of highly skilled and educated
immigrants in the 1800s. This is comparing apples to oranges. For
one, the people coming to America came to a land far different than
we live in today. There was no federal welfare state bureaucracy
that kept the cost of labor high through taxation and regulation
(Social Security, Income/Wage Taxation, Federal and State
Unemployment Insurance, Medicare, OSHA, ad nauseam). Regular
international travel was not within the reach of the average person
then, and there was no such thing as a global information technology
infrastructure. Corporate espionage from foreign nationals was not
an issue to American businessmen then, neither was international
copyright infringement and patent theft.
But most importantly, in the 1800s the movement of people was one
way. They didn't come here to go back home a year or so later, nor
to become "hyphenated Americans" (i.e. Indo-Americans or
Russian-Americans), but to become Americans! The issue wasn't mutual
cultural understanding! They knew the culture from whence they came
would not give them the liberties and opportunities afforded them in
America. They also used the capital they generated they created to
build businesses in America! Not so today ... they can easily take
their capital "back home" and create businesses that will compete
with American IT businesses.
What is called for is a level playing field policy regarding
immigration that takes into account the big picture. Otherwise that
great sucking sound that Ross Perot talked about a decade ago will
not be the manufacturing plant across town closing down and moving to
(China|Mexico|Malaysia|...) but rather the (software development
firm|agency|...) where you work.
President, PowerSystems Information Management, Inc.
Chairman, Constitution Party of Georgia
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