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January 2009 Archives

Asylum for Mexicans

Mexicans with family in the U.S. have recently been targeted by criminal elements in heartland regions such as Michoacan, Jalisco and Zacatecas. These poor regions are principal areas of people who have migrated to the U.S. Because of a spate of recent kidnappings, many Mexicans, some legal and some not, have pulled up stakes in Mexico and have fled to the U.S. Many of these emigrants justifiably believe that the government is unable to protect them. The government’s war against drug trafficking has aggravated this lawlessness.Many Mexicans who are in the U.S. have considered returning to Mexico due to the recession. There is little work for them in the U.S., but now they are reconsidering. In going back to Mexico many of these returnees would be considered by the criminal elements as wealthy candidates for extortion. This not unreasonable fear will induce many of these Mexicans in the U.S. to apply for political asylum because of their not unreasonable belief that the Mexican government cannot protect them.

Immigration reforms for skilled workers

The National Research Council recently reported that immigration restrictions on the admission of special skilled immigrants as scientists, engineers and technologists are hurting the development of useful and profitable technologies here. President-Elect Obama has stated that comprehensive immigration reform to encourage skilled workers to enter and remain in the U.S. is imperative. For example, in the aerospace industries, the U.S. has been hampered in being competitive. This is specifically related to the industries inability to obtain skilled professionals.The H-1B category that is for skilled workers is capped at 65,000 visas per year. This quota is used up on the first day the visa is available. This stringent cap does not protect U.S. workers by denying access to foreign professionals. Rather jobs go abroad when the need exists and we simply are not able to compete internationally. Without the ability to obtain skilled technologists, the U.S. economy suffers.The H-1 category cap should be doubled forthwith even by a Presidential Executive Order.
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