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2/27/2013 | 7:06:50 PM
re: Immigration Reform: Find The Middle Ground
Agreed on all points. Part of the problem is that it appears that tech employers want a workforce that can't go off and work for a competitor (H1Bs are good for that); another part is an upsurge in nativism (this is cyclical) fed by false claims that immigrants come to the U.S.A to sponge off the taxpayer; and another part is native workers who are afraid of losing their earning power without losing their debts.

One thing that might work is allowing anyone with a clean criminal record and a sponsor (or a large deposit) to enter the country on an annual visa with the understanding that he is ineligible for public relief, is obligated to obey all laws, and is required to report to immigration once a month. The sponsor (who could be an employer) would be responsible for any debts the immigrant might incur if he leaves the country without paying them. Anyone who has been in the country five years under this program and has demonstrated fluency in English would be eligible to apply for permanent residency. The H1B program would be abolished as superfluous, law abiding immigrants who pay their way would have the full protection of the law, smugglers would have many fewer business opportunities, native workers would compete with immigrants on a much more level playing field, and the Border Patrol could focus on keeping criminals out instead of economic migrants.

Just a thought, but it's clear that the existing system isn't working.
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