Carol Platt Liebau: A Strategy Behind a Ridiculous Policy?

Saturday, April 15, 2006

A Strategy Behind a Ridiculous Policy?

On this blog earlier this week was a discussion of the importance of reforming the INS and immigration law generally.

This story in today's Wall Sreet Journal highlights the problem. It's about an illegal immigration of extraordinary promise and accomplishment, who's lived here illegally since he was four, and is currently a student at Princeton. In order to be able to avail himself of a scholarship for study at Oxford, he had to turn himself in to the INS and is hoping for the best.

Clearly, this is the sort of person whom the USA should be embracing. Under other circumstances, he certainly seems like the kind of person who would be eligible for an H-1B visa -- reserved for those in speciality occupations that are valuable to this country.

But note that H-1B visas are limited to 65,000 per year. No matter how valuable your talents, if you're 65,001, forget it. Similarly, this guy has gone to the INS and now will be subject to the labyrinthine processes of that agency.

Seems to me there's something faintly creepy and suspicious about the fact that a lot of politicians, and the INS, are satisfied to deny entry to amazing overachievers, and yet are willing to accept millions of poor, uneducated workers.

It's enough to make one believe that it's all part of a Democratic Party strategy to make sure that there are plenty of needy and uneducated people to make up for the voters they have lost to the Republicans in recent years.


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