More Skilled Immigrant Workers Should Be Allowed In America As They Are Needed


Last week I posted a question for the presidential candidates in the first debate.  In short I asked, “At a time when advanced science and technology degrees are in high demand globally what will you do to allow for more skilled immigrant workers to stay in the United States?”

With that in mind comes a column by Esther Cepeda which appeared in the Sunday Wisconsin State Journal which underscores the issue, and I feel only further demands an answer from Mitt Romney and President Obama.

The terrible irony is that America desperately needs young immigrants with  little education as laborers. Last spring, a University of Georgia report  projected that 2011 figures will show that the state’s economy lost $391 million  due to immigration law-related farm labor shortages. And that’s just one of many  agriculture-driven state economies.

In stark contrast, 53.6 percent of young adults (under the age of 25) with  bachelor’s degrees — 1.5 million — are currently jobless or underemployed, the  highest number in 11 years. And throw this on top: According to the Kauffman  Foundation, immigrant entrepreneurs employed about 560,000 workers and generated  about $63 billion in sales from 2006 to 2012.

The numbers simply don’t add up. Who in their right mind sends away our most  highly educated young people, the ones who possess degrees in the disciplines  that U.S.-born students simply don’t have interest in — or the chops for?

And who willingly chokes our own farms by not allowing in enough immigrant  laborers while, at the same time, letting discussions of the  hasn’t-passed-in-11-years DREAM Act dominate the immigration portion of the  upcoming presidential election?

It’s obvious that not only are our immigration laws broken — so is our  capacity for common sense.

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