US immigration policy actively encourages poorly educated illegal immigrants and discourages smart legal immigrants. That’s a terminal fault.
A destructive policy is one that does irreversible damage to a nation – for example Russia’s encouragement of abortion over birth that’s causing that nation’s population to tank.
Reducing the competence of a nation is in the same category, since smart nations grow richer and stronger while dumb ones (e.g. those afflicted with cousin marriage) end up cesspits – like Gaza.
Which makes it shocking that the US elite is busily reducing the nation’s smarts:
A report issued last week by the Kauffman Foundation says while Congress has been fighting over illegal aliens and a guest-worker program for low-skilled workers, a crisis is developing among those waiting in line to become legal immigrants to the country.
More than 1 million skilled workers and their families already are in the United States competing for about 120,000 permanent resident visas each year, and many of those say they may just return to their home countries instead, the researchers said.
“The whole immigration debate in the public mind to date has concentrated largely on low-skilled immigrants, and in the course of debating it, we’ve turned away and haven’t focused on this pool of high-skilled immigrants,” said Robert Litan, vice president of research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation.
That has consequences:
The researchers said the threat of a reverse brain-drain is real — they found that about one in three workers here on employment-based visas either plans to leave the United States or is uncertain about remaining.
The Senate this year tried to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, but the bill foundered over concerns that too little was being done to enforce the laws, illegal aliens were being granted amnesty and guest workers would drive down wages of U.S. workers.
Some high-skilled foreign workers complained that the bill treated illegal aliens better than legal, high-skilled workers already here and waiting for green cards, or legal permanent residence. They said illegal aliens would not be limited by their country of origin, so millions of illegal alien workers from Mexico could gain a path to citizenship while those legally waiting in line would still be subject to country-by-country limits.
As we know, a lot of the high-skilled folks come from India:
Between 1995 and 2005, for example, one in four technology or engineering companies was founded by an immigrant, with Indian immigrants accounting for more new companies than the next four — Britain, China, Japan and Taiwan — combined
India is in the process of becoming a world leader – its population is growing 1% faster than China‘s and will overtake it in a few years, it’s growing as fast as China, and unlike China it’s a democracy with a modern and free economy, so is unlikely to hit the rocks.
If the US continues to treat Indian PhDs worse than illegal agricultural workers, the PhDs will head home to fuel their own economic miracle.
And that would make the current US prosperity an Indian Summer.