Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 23, 2012 6:30 AM

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Grassley off the mark

While I am sure Sen. Chuck Grassley is well-intentioned in his belief that restricting skilled foreign nationals from the U.S. labor force will help U.S. students, the opposite is likely to be the case ("Restore integrity of U.S. visa system in order to give graduates more jobs,"DI, March 21).

Last year, nearly half of the top 50 venture-funded companies in America had at least one immigrant founder, and close to 80 percent of these cutting-edge companies had an immigrant in a key management or product-development position helping create jobs and innovations.

Bloomberg reported recently, "A surge in technology-industry hiring is helping to spearhead a jobs-market revival as demand swells for computer-software applications and data … Vacancies outnumbered job seekers by more than 3-1, according to the New York-based Conference Board. Postings on tech-career website Dice.com are 12 percent higher than a year ago, with openings for workers skilled in mobile applications up more than 100 percent."

The argument for openness toward future immigrants, including international students who generally can only be hired in the United States by using temporary work visas, goes beyond current employment conditions. The labor market is global, and blocking employers from hiring skilled foreign nationals will only push more work and resources outside the United States.

Stuart Anderson
National Foundation for American Policy
Arlington, Va.

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