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Buy American: Immigration Edition

Posted By Conn Carroll On February 12, 2009 @ 1:18 pm In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled

The Drive By Media loves to paint conservatives as intolerant bigots any time we point out that illegal immigration costs American taxpayers trillions of dollars [1]. But when the left inserts anti legal immigrant provisions into the stimulus, the media largely gives them a pass. As Tom Friedman reported [2] yesterday the stimulus bill contained a provision that restricts “banks and other financial institutions that receive taxpayer bailout money from hiring high-skilled immigrants on temporary work permits known as H-1B visas.”

This is insane. As we have consistently argued here at the Heritage Foundation, H-1B workers are highly skilled and highly needed [3] to help our economy grow. Research shows [4] that technology companies hire five new workers for each H-1B visa for which they apply and that on average, the skills of each highly skilled H-1B worker support the jobs four Americans.

We should be increasing the cap on H-1B visas [5] so that we have the best talent in the world to help fix our economy. Why does the left insist on shutting these legal immigrants out?


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URLs in this post:

[1] costs American taxpayers trillions of dollars: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Immigration/wm1490.cfm

[2] reported: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/11/opinion/11friedman.html?_r=1

[3] H-1B workers are highly skilled and highly needed: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Labor/wm1916.cfm

[4] Research shows: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Labor/cda08-01.cfm

[5] increasing the cap on H-1B visas: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Labor/wm1875.cfm

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