Comments on: Scrambling for the immigrant elite http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2013/05/14/scrambling-for-the-immigrant-elite/ Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:13:45 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: CarlH http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2013/05/14/scrambling-for-the-immigrant-elite/#comment-1695 Fri, 24 May 2013 11:40:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=791#comment-1695 An honest look at the world today. I thank you Sir! We need more people like you who actually have the courage to speak the truth!

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2013/05/14/scrambling-for-the-immigrant-elite/#comment-1684 Wed, 15 May 2013 01:13:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=791#comment-1684 “These days, citizens (including ethnic minority citizens) see in immigration a threat to jobs, social services and their culture. The problems aren’t illusory or – as some liberals have maintained – merely the product of racist attitudes.” This is not merely a “threat seen”, but a real and continuing danger to America’s future and that of it’s taxpayers.

“Emigration can help poor and relatively poor countries because emigrants send back money to their families – it’s estimated to be around 10 percent of the Philippines’ GDP, 2 percent in Poland and Mexico.” Precisely. And every dollar thus sent is to the direct disadvantage and at the expense of the American economy, which loses the second, third and fourth “economical bounce” that now occurs in above countries (NOT here).

The United States has historically been the most generous nation in the history of the world, willingly sharing it’s bounty and expertise with those it has defeated in war and those who suffer extraordinary natural disasters. Nonetheless, a majority of non-western nations (and some Western ones) hate Americans and our very way of life.

It’s long past time to look back inward and prepare for our future as our world MUST diminish a population now approaching EIGHT BILLION. America has Canada to the north, Mexico to the south, and fish to the east and the west. Our “adjustment” will be difficult, but not ugly and unmanageable.

That is most definitely NOT the case elsewhere. The rest of the world will soon have to cope with increasing shortage of arable land and unpolluted water. Rising oceans will displace millions if not billions, causing increased crowding and disease. Food prices will rise. Such pressures and resulting desperation make wars more and more likely, given the rampant irresponsibility and lack of leadership on conspicuous display today.

We live in interesting times.

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By: AdamSmith http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/2013/05/14/scrambling-for-the-immigrant-elite/#comment-1683 Tue, 14 May 2013 21:26:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/john-lloyd/?p=791#comment-1683 My hat is off to John Lloyd and Reuters for this excellent, timely, and needed essay. This is the first quality article on immigration that I’ve seen in the major media.

Now, to give a perspective from the American engineering profession, which some consider to be the backbone of the American middle class.

The H1B visa program, which brings in foreign engineers to work in American companies, has destroyed the American middle class.

It’s really a simple case of supply and demand. Consider an analogy. Consider, for example, what would happen if H1B were applied to plumbers instead of engineers.

Pick any city, let’s say, Denver, Colorado. Now, bring in 100 busloads of freshly graduated Indian or Chinese plumbers (4,000 new plumbers), who want to enter into the plumbing business in Denver, and make a living.

The result? Wage rates for plumbers will become depressed. The existing 960 American plumbers in Denver, once busy every day, and making a good living, will now have much less work, or no work at all.

All the Denver highschool kids hear from their fathers and uncles that plumbing is no longer a good way to make a living. The plumber wages are going down, down, down. In droves, they choose some other path in life. Who can compete with improverished hordes of plumbers from India who will work for any price? India has 1.17 BILLION people, and many of them are coming here, flooding our labor markets.

The H1B visa law was created, written and lobbied for by large American corporations as a means for decreasing their engineering labor costs. Indeed their corporate profits have zoomed up, up, up — while the wage rates paid to their American engineers have gone down, down, down. If there is such a shortage of American engineers, why are engineering wages going down?

This is what the H1B visa has done to the American engineering profession. H1B has already brought in over one million foreign engineers to America, thus driving down American wage rates, and discouraging American kids from majoring in engineering.

But kudos to Mr. Lloyd and Reuters for this excellent article. Well said.

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