Indian Summer

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.

Of course the Open Borders zealots are the perpetrators:

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.


3 Responses to Indian Summer

  1. Jay says:

    I’ll never understand Bush & Co’s preference for drug-dealing, murdering, grade school drop-out foreign invaders over doctors from India, carpenters from Holland, engineers from Taiwan, etc.

    Sure, somebody has to haul the garbage but we have our own drop-outs for that (and garbagemen make good money anyway). Drives me nuts when they say “who will” then “mow the lawn”, “take care of the kids”, “clean the pool”, etc.

    Do it the way it was done when I was growing up:

    Mow your own lawn, make your kids do it or pay the kid next door to do it.

    If you’re the parent, YOU are supposed to raise the kids.

    What pool?

    If they bring up lettuce, I read here or elsewhere less than 2% of the illegals are actually working in agriculture. The rest are in construction, lanscaping (and other well-paid jobs – and simultaneously collecting welfare), or drug dealing or other crime (and simultaneously collecting welfare).

    Lettuce is not a strategically essential commodity. It’s not a life-or-death vegetable. Lettuce is NOT in the same category as bread, milk, and eggs (if those basics were disappearing, I still wouldn;t approve of illegal workers – in that case, I’d call for govt subsidies or something). Those farmers/corporations growing lettuce need to

    a) find Americans who will do the work (if needed, pay more)

    b) invent a machine that will do the work

    c) become more efficient (IOW, MODERNIZE!), or

    d) grow something else!

    Lettuce won’t disappear. Even if every lettuce grower disappeared*, lettuce wouldn’t. Sure, a grower may be paying Americans $25 an hour to pick it and it’s only affordable to rich-people restaurants but it’d still be out there – let it turn in to a Thansgiving or Christmas-dinner item only, no big deal, that’s the way it works some times (think cranberries at Thanksgiving).

    *I saw an episode of “How it’s Made” – an educational/entertainment show on the Discover channel a while back with *enormous* hydroponic greenhouses growing lettuce. I don’t recall any Mexicans, I recall lots of white folks, mostly women.

    Sure, the initial investment would be high but (I know squat about farming) the yield looked to be *very* high, with the lettuce heads almost touching each other. Plus I assume pesticides would be a minor issue or a non-issue. Those lettuce “factories” are probably more expensive that $5-an-hour Mexicans, but they’d also likely be a lot cheaper than $25-an-hour Americans.

    Another advantage would be you could build them in at least somewhat colder areas rather than high-cost-of-everything California.

  2. gandalf says:


    Do you mind if I publish this excellent comment as a post, suitably attributed?

  3. Jay says:

    Feel free, the truth is available to all (no need for attribution for truth). Besides, once you post something it no longer belongs to you.

    (Also feel free to correct typos, such as “lanscaping” to “landscaping”.)

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