David Heenan's new book, "Flight Capital: The Alarming Exodus of America's Best and Brightest" explores the consequences of immigrants who return to their home country equipped with the education, training, and work experience acquired in the U.S, resulting in a brain drain for the U.S. According to Heenan, approximately 200,000 foreign-born Americans have already returned to their native homelands attracted by the opportunities available back home. The book warns that current immigration policies dissuade foreign talent from settling in the U.S. and warns that immigration reform is critical to the economic survival of the U.S. The book examines in detail how countries around the world have benefitted from the innovations that returning natives have brought to their home countries. All is not lost, according to David Heenan, who provides in his book a dozen strategies for winning the talent war. For an article excerpt, see here. We invite those immigration professionals who are interested to contribute articles either reviewing or commenting on this book.
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Sen. Hagel is said to have introduced four immigration reform bills
including a bill of legalization, and the US Congress will discuss on it
in the very near future (see 10/28/05 ID comment). But, legalization of illegal aliens is against
the spirit of our constitution. Our constitution has no provision that
the law breakers should be rewarded. Legalizing them to permanent
residency can be taken as a great reward for their wrongdoing. It is
ridiculous to see that we are rewarding them instead of punishing for
their law breaking. It is sure that in ten years' time the illegal
aliens will have doubled what they are now, because legalization will
surely encourage the foreign people to be illegals further in the US.
Some of our people are saying that these illegals have been contributing
to the US by working in the agricultural farm and those menial jobs that
US citizens and Legal Permanent Residents do hesitate to do. But, it is
certain that when these illegals will be adjusted to permanent
residency, they will also not do the jobs what they are doing now.
Legalization solely will not solve the problem of illegal aliens. But, the temporary guest worker program that is also introduced
by Sen. Hagel, will be right thing if the present illegal aliens are given status of temporary guest worker, and their status of guest worker will never be adjusted to any other visa category while they are in the US.
How is wanting "tough enforcement (employer and border)" anti-immigrant? (see 10/28/05 ID comment). I was not aware the employer's were illegally hiring legal immigrants, or that legal immigrants were sneaking over our borders. I think you're talking about illegal aliens, not immigrants, since an immigrant is a legal term meaning a person who is a legal permanent resident or naturalized citizen. I can pick up on Immigration Daily's coded bias.
Katelyn Giovino, Paralegal
Watson Law Offices
Editor's Note: We rarely use the phrases "anti-immigrant" and "pro-immigrant". The Center for Immigration Studies, for example, refers to itself as pro-immigrant. We usually use the phrases "pro-immigration" and "anti-immigration". These are not legal terms of art but are political terms of art. We have been asked before to clarify exactly what these mean and in the fullness of time, we plan to do so.
The problem with all the discussions at all levels regarding immigration, is that it usually centers around illegal immigration particularly from Mexico and other Latin American countries (see 10/28/05 ID comment). All the solutions proposed are never really relevant to the people from other countries, who are here legally on H1B visas, and would like to apply for a greencard, but are always held up by the Labor Cert process and any and all other reasons the government can think of to keep them out. It is in fact these people, here legally, that usually are taxpayers, who own homes, pay for their own helathcare, contribute schools, and generally contribute a lot to the economy of the US. Usually in professions that are much needed. So if concessions are being made for illegal immigrants, what are the powers that be going to do for the legal immigrants? We are not asking for the same free ride, just for a less complicated ride on our way to getting a greencard. Will there be anything for us to look forward to once Congress moves forward with the issues surrounding illegal immigration?
Keith & Linda Lober
Caglaws's letter (10/25/05 ID) has it wrong. My letter does not support the exploitation of workers. It is those who argue for the importation of large numbers of unskilled workers who do that - or amnesties for those currently here. Legalization won't change the basic reason why these workers can be exploited - their lack of skills and education which makes them and their labor basically interchangeable. That's not an invention or a wish, simply fact.
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