Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Prosperous Immigrants, Prosperous Americans

From the Center for American Progress:

How to Welcome the World’s Best Educated, Boost Economic Growth, and Create Jobs
By Marshall Fitz

Download the report here.

Immigrants who come to the United States to study at our best universities and then go to work at our nation’s leading companies contribute directly and immediately to our nation’s global economic competitiveness.

Yet despite the critical importance of such immigrants to the nation’s economic success in a global economy, our current high-skilled immigration system is a two-fold failure: arbitrary restrictions prevent companies from effectively tapping the full potential of this talent pool, while inadequate safeguards fail to prevent against wage depression and worker mistreatment.

The reforms outlined in this paper will help establish a 21st century immigration system that serves the nation’s economic interests and upholds our responsibilities in a global economy.



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