Pi Attitude Zone: Connectivity & Drive

Keeping Immigrants Out Can Be Counter-Productive

The wonderful thing about America is that people from all sorts of places want to live and work there, something that most countries would consider a huge national asset. 

Since the earliest waves of immigrants, American people’s attitudes have welcomed new arrivals, and more than half still do. Their government, though?  These days, not so much. 

Immigrants have always been a disproportionately large source of innovation and wealth-creation in the USA.  Because of the networks of American friends that foreign students set up while studying in the USA, they form a powerful global business exchange, benefiting the host country over time.  Yet since the Twin Towers fell in 2001, US politicians have made the process of immigration so slow, byzantine and forbidding that the brightest and best foreigners are giving up, and applying for residence in Singapore, Australia or Canada instead.

It’s not hard to figure out why.  A brilliant Asian, Indian or Latin American alumnus of an American university can easily get work in a US corporation;  yet without residency papers, he or she can be kept waiting decades for the ‘right to remain’. 

Such people live with the perpetual fear of deportation if their employment with a ‘sponsoring entity’ is terminated.  They are unlikely to put down roots, buy property, or risk starting a new business, knowing they may lose it all.  Spouses of such ‘aliens’ are also routinely denied work permits. 

The net result?  Feeling distinctly unwelcome, fewer and fewer are bothering to apply.  An immense potential for international goodwill is being wasted. Absurdly, the US has “blocked the flow of its very lifeblood”. 

Pi says America should remember who its friends are, and try to make more of them, not less.

Zone: Connectivity & Drive Country: USA / North America Product – Business / Professional