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GOP-Style Immigration

couvmark Wrote: Sep 28, 2012 9:17 AM
"America needs more highly skilled workers" ? The starting salaries for tech graduates are flat. Layoffs in the tech industries abound. Every immigrant, both legal and otherwise displaces an American in a job or at a university. Moreover, this labor shortage is one that US Labor Department knows nothing about. The notion that Americans are too dumb or too lazy to do certain jobs or attend our universities is a hard sell with me and should also be with political class making lucid immigration laws. Linda Chaves is entitled to her own opinion but not her own facts.
faultroy Wrote: Sep 28, 2012 10:57 AM
You are absolutely right on that. In addition to fighting the battle of illegal aliens, we are also fighting a war of cheap outsourcing and manufacturing abroad. Like the Germans, you cannot survive and win a war battling on so many fronts. Unattractive jobs should have higher salaries in order to find workers in the USA--lowering the wages to the point where no American finds it worth their while doing it and therefore we have to consciously bring in illegals. That makes no sense.

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