Skip to main content

Some readers interpreted my previous article on immigration as hostile to immigrants.  As I said in the first article, I worked with some professionals from India (and Nepal, China, etc.)  I had a US-born co-worker who became hostile towards these Indians.  I did not.  The ones I got to know were decent people I would not want to hurt.  However, I don't see why it should have been necessary for them to come practically halfway around the world to have a good life.  To be far from their families and friends, and everything they'd known before.  There's something wrong with that.

US immigration and work visas today comes in two forms.  Official immigration is to a large extent a matter of big business picking and choosing which skilled workers to poach from developing nations.  One comment I got to the first article claimed that studies showed this was beneficial to poor nations.  I'm skeptical of that.  But whether it's true or not isn't the real point.  The process is designed to enrich big corporations, and others may or may not gain from it as well.  That's not how it should be.  Let's determine what course is best for the prosperity of the world's 99% and build whatever appropriate immigration system may be required around that.

Unofficial immigration has a greater proportion of lower-pay workers.  They're tempted to come here in order to move up from extremely bad living conditions to bad living conditions.  A decent human should have compassion for them.  Yet, we need to have compassion not only for the millions who came here to move up to bad conditions, but also for the billions who remain in the poor countries in extremely bad conditions.  To seek a solution only for the millions is not enough.

Big business may be willing to grant legal status to unofficial immigrants, but they will resist changing the conditions that drive people to leave their homes and families.  To big business, those other countries are sources of cheap labor, whether in the form of immigrants or in moving operations overseas.  It's not profitable for them to support a long-term global perspective for the prosperity of the world's 99%.  But that's where our compassion should take us.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site