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U.S. Policy on Immigrants Hurting the Nation’s Economy

June 4, 2012
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Michael Bloomberg is the Mayor of New York City. He supports immigration.

He endorsed a report calling for more skilled immigrants to enter the United States. The report says 18 percent of immigrants to Canada and the U.S. were “highly skilled” in 1991. Last year, 67 percent of Canadian immigrants and only 13 percent of U.S. immigrants were “highly skilled.”

The report said Canada allows its provinces to set immigration standards that let them decide which immigrants will help their economies. New York’s mayor said “There is no reason why you have to have a common immigration policy. You could let each state do it differently.”

Foreign countries are trying to bring U.S. trained highly skilled nationals back home. For example, China encourages its citizens to return through cash bonuses, housing subsidies and tax exemptions.

The report further states that America’s visa policies discourage foreign students from remaining here and discourage investment in new ideas and businesses.

The United States has just started a Web site where foreigners can access immigration documents to make entering and staying in the country easier.

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