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BusinessWeek : Immigration Can Fuel U.S. Innovation—and Job Growth
Bloomberg Businessweek ^ | 07/12/2010 | Chris Farrell

Posted on 07/12/2010 7:15:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Lost amid the heated debate over U.S. policy is a key point: Immigrant entrepreneurs and skilled workers are a boon to the economy.

Arizona may be ground zero for the conflict over U.S. immigration policy, but it takes only a few minutes of watching cable television news and scanning local op-ed pages to see how raw and divisive the matter has become in the nation's political sphere.

Yet with all the heated rhetoric about illegals, border security, amnesty, racial profiling, and other incendiary topics, one aspect of immigration isn't emphasized enough: the job-creating potential of immigrant entrepreneurs. They're the vanguard in America's global competition for entrepreneurial talent and innovative ideas. The nation needs to encourage more entrepreneurs from other nations to call America home. Their energy is the elixir of future economic growth.

Take a recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute on U.S. multinational corporations. In Growth and competitiveness in the United States: The role of its multinational companies, the consulting firm notes that big business comprises less than 1 percent all U.S. companies, yet the 2,270 multinational corporations in its database accounted for 31 percent of the growth in inflation-adjusted gross domestic product from 1990 to 2007. Even more important, U.S. multinational corporations have contributed 41 percent of gains in labor productivity since 1990—and 53 percent of the productivity increases during expansions.

The consultants highlight the role immigrants play in bolstering the competitiveness of American multinationals, especially helping the U.S. "lead the world in the number of engineers, scientists, and business professionals who are ready to work in a multinational company."

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; immigration; innovation; jobgrowth
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1 posted on 07/12/2010 7:15:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Businessweek ( or BusinessWEAK as the case may be ) observes :


“62 percent of foreign-born nationals who received a science or engineering doctorate remained in the U.S. for at least five years following graduation. That figure is up from 41 percent in 1992. More than 80 percent of graduates of Indian origin and 90 percent of Chinese graduates still lived in America five years after graduation, according to McKinsey. (The McKinsey study on multinationals makes for good companion reading to Intel founder Andy Grove’s cover story in the July 5-11 issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The Silicon Valley legend is himself an immigrant from Hungary.)

It’s well-known that America’s high-tech economy has prospered thanks largely to highly educated foreigners. But the degree that the nation’s cutting-edge industries, from semiconductors to biotechnology, depend on immigrant scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to remain competitive is stunning. For example, a quarter of the engineering and technology companies started in the U.S. from 1995 to 2005 had at least one founder who was foreign-born, according to research by scholars Vivek Wadhwa, Annalee Saxenian, Ben Rissing, and Gary Gereffi. In Silicon Valley, America’s epicenter of technological innovation, the percentage of immigrant-founded startups reached 52 percent of total new companies over the same period.”


2 posted on 07/12/2010 7:16:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

We need to deport or imprison ALL illegal aliens, including their anchor babies, seal/secure the border and SHOOT anyone trying to re-enter illegally. We sent a man to the moon (back when NASA was still a space agency) and we can do this.


3 posted on 07/12/2010 7:17:50 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: SeekAndFind

I have a better way for immigration to help the economy, instead of paying the unemployed to not work hire them to guard the border, it would cost us a dime more than we already spend paying them to stay home


4 posted on 07/12/2010 7:21:41 AM PDT by edzo4 (You call us the 'Party Of No', I call us the resistance.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Legal, educated immigrants are a boon to any society. Illegal, uneducated immigrants are a drag to any society.


5 posted on 07/12/2010 7:22:18 AM PDT by RC2
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To: SeekAndFind
Sure there are plenty of successful Mexican businessmen in the United States:
6 posted on 07/12/2010 7:23:52 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: thethirddegree

Illegal immigration has bankrupted America and most states. I see BusinessWeak under Bloomberg is just as liberal.


7 posted on 07/12/2010 7:26:54 AM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The nation needs to encourage more entrepreneurs from other nations to call America home. Their energy is the elixir of future economic growth.”

Agreed, but what does this have to do with low-skill, poorly educated illegal border jumpers from Mexico? The Obamanation’s high tax, heavily regulated, small business wealth redistribution schemes don’t exactly encourage entrepreneurs either. That’s why many of them are heading to China.

We should be picky about who we allow into the country, but Democrats won’t even let us deport illegals much less target immigration at highly educated and/or talented immigrants who want to come here and be part of the American Dream.


8 posted on 07/12/2010 7:27:20 AM PDT by CitizenUSA
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To: SeekAndFind

Immigration Can Fuel U.S. Innovation—and Job Growth:

So would:

1) a flat/fair tax
2) less government regulations on small business
3) repeal of Obama care
4) smaller federal,state and local governments


9 posted on 07/12/2010 7:27:29 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: thethirddegree

RE: We need to deport or imprison ALL illegal aliens

Don’t bother with prison, just send them home. Prison will cost more money. Send them home and make sure they don’t come back again.

This article is talking abut SKILLED and EDUCATED immigrants though. Totally different things.


10 posted on 07/12/2010 7:27:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
This is typical open borders nonsense. They're talking apples and oranges.

Traditionally (pre-1965 Kennedy immigration) the US would allow certain numbers from each country. They would figure out what was needed, maybe there was a big need for machinists, so more of those would be allowed, maybe they needed scientists, so more of those world be allowed etc. During times of high unemployment, like the 1930s, the flow of immigrants went to a trickle. The point was immigration was based on the needs of the country first and foremost. The result was that citizenship was like a grand prize and those that earned it appreciated it deeply and passed that on to their kids, even to tho point of in some cases changing their names to sound more American. Immigration was NEVER seen as a RIGHT!!!

Fast forward to today, it seems the only consideration given whether to allow someone to immigrate is, will you vote progressive, and will you bring your third world culture with you. This has been the case since 1965 and 0dimbo is just putting that immigration policy on steroids.

11 posted on 07/12/2010 7:30:27 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: KeyLargo

RE: Sure there are plenty of successful Mexican businessmen in the United States.


BTW, does Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim have permanent residency in the USA ? He now owns the NY TIMES last I checked.


12 posted on 07/12/2010 7:31:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: thethirddegree

Yes, but what that does have to do with the topic discussed here?

25% of patent applications filed by US companies are done by (legal) immigrants and more than 50% of high tech startups are launched by (legal) immigrants (think of google). We need to keep these people and to reduce the average and below-average legal immigrants.

For example, we should have automatic visa for new foreign PhD science graduates from top-5 schools and MBAs from top-5 schools. Top 10% of class of MSc students in top-10 schools should also be given visa more easily.

We could simply reduce the amount of other legal immigrants accordingly.


13 posted on 07/12/2010 7:34:04 AM PDT by heiss
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To: SeekAndFind
Just as long as they don't move into *your* neighborhood,right Chris?
14 posted on 07/12/2010 7:34:42 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: thethirddegree

Eisenhower deported millions.
Truman deported millions.
Why can’t we?


15 posted on 07/12/2010 7:35:49 AM PDT by steve8714 (Our long national nightmare is over. We can resume our proper disdain for soccer.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Bastards never distinguish between legal and illegal immigration.

They always pretend they are the same thing, and that if you are anti-illegal immigration you are anti-immigration.

Sleazy bastards.

16 posted on 07/12/2010 7:36:47 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: SeekAndFind
It may be that we'd benefit by admitting the occasional Indian physician or engineer.I think that's distinctly possible.But 30 million illiterate,non-English speaking criminals?

Thanks....no!

17 posted on 07/12/2010 7:38:46 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Immigrant entrepreneurs and skilled workers are a boon to the economy.”

Well if this is true, then a rational immigration policy first would control the borders and then authorize entry only to individuals who bring advantage to our country such as entrepreneurs with money and workers with special skills.


18 posted on 07/12/2010 7:39:24 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

RE: But 30 million illiterate,non-English speaking criminals?


Try proposing to make English the OFFICIAL language of transaction in our government. Let’s see how many people in California for instance will support your proposal...


19 posted on 07/12/2010 7:40:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I personally know to highly intelligent, educated, productive European immigrants who had went through a lot of trouble and expense to stay here. One is now living in Canada because it just didn’t work out here with the feds. If only they had been ignorant, uneducated and sneaked across the Mexican looking to be parasites.


20 posted on 07/12/2010 7:41:49 AM PDT by all the best
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To: SeekAndFind
The problem is that the vast majority of immigrants are poor, uneducated, and unskilled. 53% of immigrant headed households are on welfare. We don't have a merit based system of immigration. It is a kinship system.

Importing Poverty: Immigration and Poverty in the United States: A Book of Charts by Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation

21 posted on 07/12/2010 7:42:33 AM PDT by kabar
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To: all the best

“I personally know to highly intelligent, educated, productive European immigrants who had went through a lot of trouble and expense to stay here. One is now living in Canada because it just didn’t work out here with the feds. If only they had been ignorant, uneducated and sneaked across the Mexican looking to be parasites.”

We’re getting plenty of immigrants from Ghana, Burkino Faso, etc. who have no job skills, no savings, and immediately game the system for as much public assistance as possible. They also insist in getting in on their fair share of crime.

I suppose your acquintances just didn’t fit the profile we’re now looking for in our immigrant applicant pool.


22 posted on 07/12/2010 7:45:20 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: RC2
And legal, uneducated, and poor immigrants are a drag on society.

The latest data show 22.1 million immigrants holding jobs in the U.S. with an estimated 7 million being illegal aliens. By increasing the supply of labor between 1980 and 2000, immigration reduced the average annual earnings of native-born men by an estimated $1,700 or roughly 4 percent. Among natives without a high school education, who roughly correspond to the poorest tenth of the workforce, the estimated impact was even larger, reducing their wages by 7.4 percent. The reduction in earnings occurs regardless of whether the immigrants are legal or illegal, permanent or temporary. It is the presence of additional workers that reduces wages, not their legal status.

Milton Friedman said, “You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state.” We have both.

23 posted on 07/12/2010 7:45:41 AM PDT by kabar
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To: heiss
What you are saying is that we need a merit based immigration system. I agree. We take in 1.2 million legal immigrants a year, most of whom are poor and uneducated.

We also bring in 125,000 LEGAL FOREIGN WORKERS A MONTH. Does that make sense when 25 million Americans are looking for full time employment?

125,000 brand new foreign workers with work permits each month -- HERE'S THE PROOF

24 posted on 07/12/2010 7:50:44 AM PDT by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind
AZ passed an English only proposition in 2006 with 75% of the vote.
25 posted on 07/12/2010 7:52:44 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar
Here is what is NOT being talked about.

While we remain focused on sealing the Border...not enough attention is being paid to Illegals who entered this country legally with Visas and never left.

There's no way to search for those who overstay their Visas.

"AS of May 2006, the most currant data available, 4 million to 5.5 million people had entered the U.S. legally and then remained after their visas had expired.

An additional 250,000 to 500,000 people entered legally with cards and then stayed. Our tracking system is practically non existant.

For the most part, only the ignorant poor and dangerous convicted criminals are crossing the desert.

We must conclude it's imperative we identify and fine the people who employ "illegals". That's the biggest deterent we have in our war against Illegal Aliens.

26 posted on 07/12/2010 8:02:41 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife )(God Bless Sheriff Joe)
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To: SeekAndFind
Who writes this crap? Do they really think that the educated and ambitious people are crossing the borders illegally? Have they seen these folks with their demands that we educate, feed and clothe their children and then ignore their kids when they turn into gang memebers?

If we got rid of illegal immigrants then perhaps we could open our doors to LEGAL immigrants who would contribute something instead of draining our pockets.

27 posted on 07/12/2010 8:04:45 AM PDT by McGavin999 (I'm sorry, your race card is overdrawn and no further charges can be accepted)
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To: YankeeReb

Pre-Lyndon Johnson the needs of the nation weren’t considered. We still used a national quota system ~


28 posted on 07/12/2010 8:05:26 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: spectre
"Fine"?

We need the death penalty! Examples must be made.

29 posted on 07/12/2010 8:09:49 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SeekAndFind
It's true. I've witnessed many new and innovative leaf blowing techniques employed by undocumented blowers.
30 posted on 07/12/2010 8:17:32 AM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does BusinessWeek not understand the difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration? For the first there is little or no opposition. For the later there is.


31 posted on 07/12/2010 8:18:25 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: SeekAndFind

Does BusinessWeek not understand the difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration? For the first there is little or no opposition. For the later there is.


32 posted on 07/12/2010 8:18:36 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: SeekAndFind
More than 80 percent of graduates of Indian origin and 90 percent of Chinese graduates still lived in America five years after graduation, according to McKinsey.

Illegally?

So, is the proposal to give amnesty to all PhDs who sneak into the country, because, they are likely to start a business? What are we going to do with all the uneducated strawberry pickers who are pissing on my strawberries?

33 posted on 07/12/2010 8:21:23 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (2012, the end of our long national nightmare.)
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To: kabar

Your proof is an unverified claim by an advocady group. For example, 300,000 au pair etc permits annually do not constitute immigration or work visas to the US. The numbers looks fishy.

Anyway, merit based work visa system and reducing the number of average skilled foreign visa holders would make sense. We certainly need to get the people who will launch startups and make inventions for US companies. Relatively easy way to screen them would be e.g. MBA from top-5 schools and science PhDs from top-5 or top-10 schools.


34 posted on 07/12/2010 8:21:33 AM PDT by heiss
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To: All

The people walking across the desert aren’t actors, athletes, politicians, or CEO’s.
They aren’t going to be living in gated communities or high-rises.
The people who see no problem with illegals AREN’T the ones who will be affected by them most.
The people who see no problem with illegals live in communities where there only contact with them will be smiling at them as they clean the pool or mow the lawn.
The people who see no problem with illegals can afford personal security details.
F## you and F## illegals....


35 posted on 07/12/2010 8:24:22 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: SeekAndFind

:::sigh::: Once again, the press fails to note the difference between legal and illegal immigration. I doubt many people have a problem with legal immigration. It’s the ILLEGALS we have a problem with.


36 posted on 07/12/2010 8:31:43 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: spectre
Visa overstays comprise up to 40% of our illegal population. The US-VISIT program passed in 1996 was supposed to track everyone who entered and left the country. It has never been fully implemented.

Turning off the job magnet is essential. Programs like E-verify must be made mandatory like they are in AZ when businesses can lose their license if they are found hiring illegals knowingly. We have the databases to get a handle on this problem, but there is not the political will to enforce our existing laws.

37 posted on 07/12/2010 8:37:35 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

Our country can only handle so many immigrants if we want our own wages to remain stable. The next thing this country needs to do is look at our education system. High Tech companies can’t find qualified employees so they seek them through the immigrants.


38 posted on 07/12/2010 8:47:22 AM PDT by RC2
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To: heiss
Your proof is an unverified claim by an advocady group. For example, 300,000 au pair etc permits annually do not constitute immigration or work visas to the US. The numbers looks fishy.

Fishy my a$$. We issued 951,247 work permits during the latest period the information was available from the USG. We bring in 1.2 million LEGAL PERMANENT IMMIGRANTS ANNUALLY. The majority of them join the labor force and work here.

These numbers include new temporaty work permits and green cards. The data are furnished by the government. Did you even read what was at the link?

And it is a sad commentary on our education system that we don't have a sufficient number of Americans getting advanced degrees in engineering and the hard sciences. One of the reasons has been the entry of immigrants who have depressed wages for such jobs making them unattractive to qualified Americans.

Immigration has also affected the demographics of this country. By 2023 half of the children 18 and under will be minorities reflecting the fact that 87% of our 1.2 million legal immigrants annually are minorities. The drop out rate for Hispanics is over 50% and they are the fastest growing segment of our population with a birthrate twice the national average. And the Hispanic out of wedlock birthrate is over 50% exceeded only by the black rate of 68%.

Bureau of the Census--An Older and More Diverse Nation by Midcentury"

39 posted on 07/12/2010 9:04:07 AM PDT by kabar
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To: RC2

And the immigrants come cheaper and they are subsidized by the US taxpayer.


40 posted on 07/12/2010 9:05:59 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

I read the link. Did you?
J category (mostly au pairs etc) is more than 350,000. They are temporary work permits, the au pairs leave the US in a year or so. This is totally non-issue to the debate here.

Misleading and fishy numbers do not really help our cause in restricting the uncontrolled immigration and illegal alien invasion. The situation is bad enough with honest numbers.


41 posted on 07/12/2010 9:22:12 AM PDT by heiss
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To: heiss
J category (mostly au pairs etc) is more than 350,000. They are temporary work permits, the au pairs leave the US in a year or so. This is totally non-issue to the debate here.

I don't think you read the article or perhaps you didn't comprehend it. First the J category visa contains more than just or "mostly au pairs." The number includes doctors, teachers, etc. That aside, let's take a look at the figures.

951,247 --That is the number of PERMANENT work permits given in the form of green cards to working-age immigrants over the 12-month period. Au pairs do not get green cards. These green cards are the most insidious aspect. Every year, our federal government hands out PERMANENT access to U.S. jobs to nearly a million foreign adults through our legal immigration system.

947,340-- That is the number of new TEMPORARY work permits given to foreign workers who were getting them for the FIRST time during the most recent reported 12 months.

1,898,587 -- That is the total number of separate foreign citizens who were either getting a new temporary work permit or getting a permanent green card. Our federal government had the choice to not bring in a single one of these competing workers. Instead, it gave out nearly 1.9 million new work permits to 1.9 million separate foreign workers.

1.5 million a year--This somewhat smaller number counts how many of the 1.9 million had not already been working in the United States. The U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics reports that 57.9% of adult green card recipients were already working in the U.S. The feds had the choice not to give them permanent access to U.S. jobs but did, to the detriment of U.S. workers. Nonetheless, most of them are not technically "new recipients of foreign-worker visas."

But about 100,000 to 250,000 of them were new recipients because they were working here illegally and had not previously had a work permit.

The CIS chart provides the summarized data. Notice that the total number of work authorizations totalled 1,443,265 to 1,593,605 with the variance due to illegals who changed status and received green cards within the US.

The end result is a range between 1,443,265 and 1,593,605 who were new foreign workers with the legal right to take a U.S. job. A nice round, medium number is 1.5 million which -- as the above stats and math show -- is a highly-sourced, credible approximation of the magnitude of damage the federal immigration programs are doing to unemployed Americans.

125,000 a month --1.5 million divided by 12 gives you 125,000 a month.

All of this is well sourced using USG numbers. I know Roy Beck (NumbersUSA) personally as well as the folks at CIS. I work with them often. The idea that these numbers are "fishy" is pure nonsense. Roy, Mark Krikorian, Steve Camarota, et. al. testify often before Congress. They are experts in the area of immigration and have been for more than 20 years.

The Left has gotten all exercised about Roy's numbers, but they can't deny them since the source in the USG.

And these numbers don't include the conservative estimate of 8 million illegals in our work force or the 500,000 a year who enter illegally.

42 posted on 07/12/2010 11:59:43 AM PDT by kabar
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!

Let’s toss a little subterfuge into the discussion, shall we? Thanks, BusinessWeek.


43 posted on 07/12/2010 12:12:25 PM PDT by HiJinx (I can see November from the front porch - and Mexico from the back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, if it’s such a great thing for the US economy..then let’s just open the borders..let everyone in...


44 posted on 07/12/2010 12:18:59 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: kabar

You merely copy-paste data from numbersusa. It is not proof of anything. It is a claim by an advocacy group.
The text in the gov website says J category is mostly au pairs, doctors, teachers, summer lifeguards and high school exhange students. J category people are not taking anybody’s job.

US brings in about 130,000 H1 visas annually (not per month), in addition to unskilled agriworkers etc. This thread was about legal skilled workers, e.g. mainly H1 people. Total number of all people given some sort of visa or green card may approach 125k per month (counts in family members of visa recipients, au pairs, exchange students, investors etc).


45 posted on 07/12/2010 12:37:36 PM PDT by heiss
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To: SeekAndFind

TOTAL BS. BS. BS.

They don’t speak English.

They don’t read English.

They don’t write English.

They don’t have an education level much above the US equivilant of 5th grade or so.

They cannot read road signs.

They cannot read instructions on chemicals.

They cannot function in an ENGLISH speaking society.

They don’t know how to use basic sanitary facilities- even the porta-potties out in the fields.

They are not employable in Mexico. They are the very lowest of the economic class THERE——don’t even try to tell me that would ‘start new businesses here’.

IF they are able to ‘start new businesses——LET THEM DO SO IN MEXICO !!!!!! Other than drug cartels, Mexico is stagnated with new businesses being non-existant.

AMERICAN CITIZENS are out of work !!!!

They do NOT need competition from illegals who will live 30 to a house & will work for $3 an hour & then send most of that money back to Mexico on Western Union.

This is beyond “pie in the sky’ rhetoric.


46 posted on 07/12/2010 12:39:34 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: steve8714

Eisenhower deported millions.
Truman deported millions.
Why can’t we?”

So did FDR.


47 posted on 07/12/2010 12:42:55 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: depressed in 06

What are we going to do with all the uneducated strawberry pickers who are pissing on my strawberries?”

And the FDA & the CDC wonder where the E-Coli outbreaks come from!!!

In Calif- TB is rising.

Also, in Calif- Whooping Cough is now considered an epidemic.


48 posted on 07/12/2010 12:49:22 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Maverick68

The people walking across the desert aren’t actors, athletes, politicians, or CEO’s.
They aren’t going to be living in gated communities or high-rises.
The people who see no problem with illegals AREN’T the ones who will be affected by them most.
The people who see no problem with illegals live in communities where there only contact with them will be smiling at them as they clean the pool or mow the lawn.
The people who see no problem with illegals can afford personal security details.
F## you and F## illegals....””””

AMEN !!!


49 posted on 07/12/2010 12:50:41 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Maverick68

The outstanding MURDER warrants in Los Angeles county are 80% ILLEGALS.


50 posted on 07/12/2010 12:51:29 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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