Visas, immigration undercut U.S. workers

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The Jan. 26 Metro section cover story regarding ramping up educational requirements as a prelude to entering the work force of the future ("Educators see math, science efforts add up") provided little insight to the problem at heart.

Only in the past several years have we been informed that American workers are incapable of competing on a level playing field - that our math and science skills are so sorely lacking that only a federally mandated government program could correct the problem.

Perhaps Uncle Sam should look at repealing the L1 Visa, a little-known program permitting foreign companies to flood the United States with overseas workers without paying prevailing U.S. wages, under the auspices of an "intercompany transfer."

The ideology that U.S. workers consistently rank below the curve is largely a myth perpetuated by U.S. tech companies in an effort to circumnavigate paying commensurate wages by claiming that only overseas workers can fill the resulting shortfall.

The geopolitical reality is that the aforementioned L1 Visa, NAFTA and our elected representatives created this alleged imbalance in the first place. We should focus efforts and energies on repealing ridiculous and asinine programs that damage our economic engines and suppress economic growth. Meanwhile, countries such as Mexico continue to export poverty problems via unchecked immigration to the United States at taxpayer expense before we entertain some dopey government fix such as No Child Left Behind.

Keith Petty, Evans

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patriciathomas 02/20/07 - 07:54 am
Mr. Petty, you have raised

Mr. Petty, you have raised two seperate issues that are only slightly related. The dumbing down of the American education system began in 1964 and continued until 2004 when the current administration made an attempt to change the status quo. Concerned parents have howled about the poor education system since it's decline, but the left wing congress and their willing allies in the press did all they could to suppress the noise. Currently, Americans, as a whole, are not very well educated when compared to other countries. Hopefully, this will change. The other subject, unchecked immigration from the Mexican border, is one of the worst programs ever. Not enough can be said about how insane this program is. We will get no aid from this administration so it's up to the individual states to take defensive action. Making english the official language and requiring a state i.d. would go a long way toward solving this problem. The 'fair tax plan' would get the cost off the back of American tax payers and put it on the consumer.

LaTwon 02/20/07 - 09:35 am
read up on the north american

read up on the north american union and you will see we have no borders any longer. it is obvious we have no intentions of protecting our historical borders so instead of building fences and wasting money on border agents, lets welcome those willing to work and give them english, history, and social lessons. perhaps even make them pay for it.

ohhsweetconcord 02/20/07 - 09:52 am
What exactly is your point,

What exactly is your point, Mr. Petty? Is it that well trained, educated foreign workers are costing Americans jobs? If you were to do some research instead of relying soley on your predjudices, you'd realize that practically every single economist would disagree with your statement. Educated immigrants only HELP our economy.

mgroothand 02/20/07 - 02:19 pm
It really depends on who/what

It really depends on who/what you are. Educated immigrants from certain parts of the globe are indeed welcomed. Indians, Pakistanis, Korean, South Americans, Mexicans et al are welcomed. Some years ago my cousin, a child pshychiatrist and his wife, a pediatrician, tried to gain access to the US through immigration. Both spoke fluid English and neither would ever be a ward of the state. Careers were lined up but because they were Western Europeans, their attempts were denied. Personally, I had to qualify through a quota system and educational needs for this country.

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