Rx for worker shortages: smart immigration



Instead of rejecting skilled foreign workers, U.S. immigration programs should embrace more of them. We propose a four-point “smart” immigration plan as a supplement to existing legal immigration programs. Our plan would: 1) promote significant economic growth, 2) fill job openings, 3) protect existing American jobs and 4) generate new jobs. Skilled foreign workers who can fill open positions at U.S. enterprises would help create many more American jobs. Attracting them will not be easy, as the United States now faces stiff competition from a number of countries for this immigrant talent. Our program is intended to strike a balance, to protect current American workers and to help attract these foreign workers.David EdstamIn contrast with our...

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