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America Is Stupidly Shutting Out Immigrants. Isnít It? [1.6 Million Immigrants Yearly!]
Newsweek ^ | April 24, 2009

Posted on 04/24/2009 11:11:32 PM PDT by Steelfish

America Is Stupidly Shutting Out Immigrants. Isn’t It?

By Katie Baker | NEWSWEEK

Published Apr 18, 2009

Ever since 9/11, the general perception has been that America is over-building walls—both real and regulatory—to keep out immigrants.

Horror stories about Indian engineers getting strip-searched as suspected terrorists provoked business leaders like Bill Gates to argue that the U.S. is scaring away talent, to its own disadvantage.

Now the storyline has shifted, to focus on immigrants who are voluntarily leaving or avoiding America because the global financial crisis has tarnished its reputation as a land of growth and opportunity.

But the numbers tell a different story. According to a recent study by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), total migration flows have been steady throughout the current decade, despite tighter background checks and interior crackdowns following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and despite the slowdown of the economy starting in 2007.

Every year since 2000, the U.S. has attracted more than 1 million legal immigrants, including more than 1.1 million last year, and another half million illegal migrants. The walls are not as high as we thought.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsweek.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: 2million; aliens; illegalaliens; immigration; legalimmigration
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To: Steelfish

Bill Gates is a big supporter of the H1B visa program, allowing foreign student graduates to stay in this country for 6 years after graduation. Companies use this program to drive down wages for technical talent, as the H1B folks will accept lower than market wages for the privilege of remaining in this country. The justification, as Gates says, is that we don’t have sufficient talent in this country. While that may be true at some point in the future, I don’t believe it to be true now.

As I look to move from self-employed back into a technical position in industry, I have refused (so far) to apply to companies offering to help secure an H1B visa for applicants. They might as well advertise “Americans need not apply....”

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21 posted on 04/25/2009 6:07:03 AM PDT by hoosier hick (Gotta go, millions of Obama supporters are counting on me to pay their mortgages)
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To: Ballygrl

Ted K is one of the prime causes for the immigration mess including the so-called lottery visas. He has single- handedly destroyed this nation especially by his virulent opposition to SC nominees like Judge Bork.


22 posted on 04/25/2009 9:58:06 AM PDT by Steelfish
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

As a legal immigrant who arrived in this country after waiting for two years, I can guarantee you I had to have a medical, submit biographical data, have a criminal background check, have fingerprints taken, have a COLLECT phone call from the US. consulate in Vancouver to advise me when I could come to Vancouver to complete an interview (there are only two Consulates in all of Canada which issue financee Visas) and pay $2,000 in fees as well as exactly $95 fees in U.S. dollars before even entering the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver I was also not allowed to take my 1/3 inch insulin needles into the Consulate with me. Upon arrival at the Rooseville border crossing in MT, I had to use the bathroom, but was not allowed out of the vehicle to use their porta potty until their border official decided I could do so. We were finally allowed inside the office and sat there for over two hours while the customs official did the paperwork to accompany the K-1 (fiancee) visa on July 23, 2002. We married July 26, 2002 and I officially became an immigrant in the U.S. Until I said “I do” I was only a tentative immigrant, in the eyes of of the old I.N.S. Now, according to the director of the Health and welfare dept in Idaho the holder of a K-1 Visa is only allowed into the U.S. for a period of 90 days to marry a U.S, citizen. It is so nice to know he can use google to find that information. (sarcasm intended)


23 posted on 04/25/2009 12:54:53 PM PDT by Chief Engineer
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To: Steelfish; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

Only a half-million illegals per year?
Dream on, Newsweek.


24 posted on 04/25/2009 1:33:04 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support Our Troops ~ www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil ~)
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To: wastedyears

...and even more generous with illegal immigration as well.


25 posted on 04/25/2009 3:25:05 PM PDT by Robert Lomax
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To: Steelfish

We should have special immigration quotas for journalists to immigrate here to replace stupid sh!ts like the Newsweek stooge who wrote this


26 posted on 04/25/2009 3:59:32 PM PDT by dennisw (Your action becomes your habit. Your habit becomes your character, that becomes your destiny)
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To: Steelfish; All

“Every year since 2000, the U.S. has attracted more than 1 million legal immigrants, including more than 1.1 million last year, and another half million illegal migrants. The walls are not as high as we thought.”

WRONG. Where do they get their figures?

According the the US Government.......Add them up.....legal entries are over 2 million every year. The Obama Administration wants MORE legal immigrants and wants to amnesty 12 to 20 million more illegal aliens!
http://uscis.gov/graphics/publicaffairs/DayinLife_050629.pdf
Some of the DAILY work of USCIS according to their own document:

* Conduct 135,000 national security background checks
* process 30,000 applications for immigrant benefits
* Issue 7,000 permanent resident cards (green cards -PER DAY)
* Welcome 2100 new citizens. PER DAY
* Welcome 3500 new permanent residents. PER DAY

More than 1 million people became citizens in 2008, with 780,000 taking the oath of allegiance in the first 10 months, according to preliminary figures from the Department of Homeland Security. In 2007, 660,477 people were granted U.S. citizenship.

Leading countries of birth of new citizens were:
Mexico (122,258), India (46,871), Philippines (38,830), China (33,134) and Vietnam (27,921)

Largest number of people naturalizing lived in:
California (181,684), New York (73,676) and Florida (54,563).
SOURCE: Office of Immigration Statistics, Department of Homeland Security
http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/News/WestVolusia/wvlHEAD03WEST012209.htm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanics made up nearly half of the more than 1 million people who became U.S. citizens last year, according to a Hispanic advocacy group. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials said the number of Latinos who became Americans in fiscal year 2008 more than doubled over the previous year, to 461,317. That’s nearly half of the record 1,046,539 new citizens overall in 2008, a 58 percent increase from 2007. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gQKI-mUtzRTYIm7MjslLxEoz2zVgD97DFPI01

Study: Illegal Immigrants Having More Kids In US Associated Press ^ | April 14, 2009
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/money/19175382/detail.html

Growing numbers of children of illegal immigrants are being born in this country, and they are nearly twice as likely to live in poverty than those with American-born parents...

Overall, illegal immigrants’ children account for one of every 15 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. In 2008, California had the most illegal immigrants at 2.7 million, double its 1990 number, followed by Texas, Florida, New York and New Jersey.

“In the next eight years, the violent collection of criminal drug cartels could overwhelm the state and establish de facto control over broad regions of northern Mexico,” McCaffrey’s report said. “A failure by the Mexican political system to curtail lawlessness and violence could result in a surge of millions of refugees crossing the U.S. border.”

http://www.star-telegram.com/state_news/story/1245213.htm


27 posted on 04/26/2009 9:18:27 AM PDT by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: Steelfish; All

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28 posted on 04/26/2009 5:38:06 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: hoosier hick
"The justification [for H1B], as Gates says, is that we don’t have sufficient talent in this country. While that may be true at some point in the future, I don’t believe it to be true now."

Not only is it not true now, it was never true -- unless you revise Bill's words just ever-so-slightly: "... sufficient talent in this country willing to work for third-world wages."

29 posted on 04/26/2009 11:50:04 PM PDT by Tenniel2 (Memo to politicians: Don't worry about "shovel-ready." Worry about "pitchfork-ready.")
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