Posts Tagged ‘Immigration’

Here’s one criteria for immigration we won’t look at

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

New Zealand Deports Overweight Chef.

I’m in favor of having a another quiet period on immigration. Sort of like what we had from the ’20’s to the ’60’s. I think it would be good for the country to more fully assimilate the people we’ve let in, and those we didn’t “let” in, before we continue to allow even more immigration.

But if we are going to have more immigration, can we at least have a conversation, a real conversation, about the “type” of people we let in? How about requiring language skills? How about requiring a certain level of income or savings? How about letting people that have certain skills that would be nice to have here or are in short supply here? (Real needed skills, not skills Mark Zuckerberg claims are in short supply.) What about age restrictions? You know, no old people that will begin hitting medicare as soon as they are here.

All of the questions asked in the previous paragraph are examples of the restrictions on immigration in place in other countries around the world.

I find it interesting that those nominally of the left want us to emulate other countries often. Let’s copy France’s medical care! Let’s have an industrial policy like China! But they never mention the immigration restrictions of other countries. Hey! Try getting into countries like Japan or South Korea. Unless you are there on a temporary work permit teaching English, I don’t think they want you. For any reason.

I spent nine months in Mauritius. I was in possession of a two year work permit while there. It was employer sponsored. I had the job before I went there (unlike what is the case with most of our immigrants). That country was beautiful. It is a tropical island. A very good job there would have a salary between the equivalent of $30,000 t0 $50,000 per year. Not a whole lot. But at that level of pay you could live within a few hundred yards of the beach. By this I mean have your own place and nice neighbors. It wouldn’t be like here in the U.S. where to live near the beach on that kind of money you would need roommates and have low lifes for neighbors. So what you find in Mauritius is that they are not particularly interested in having Americans that want to live there show up and take a job that could have been filled by a local. You are welcome in Mauritius if an employer has recruited you. You are also welcome in Mauritius if you bring a big bag of money. You are not welcome in Mauritius if you show up with no money or no plan.

Why should we be any different than Mauritius, or most other countries?

Avoid the Need for Spying Using One Not-So-Weird Trick

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Coulter is often very good.

We have created two huge problems where none existed before — domestic terrorism and government spying — all to help the Democrats win elections by changing the electorate.

Read the whole thing.

HT: Sailer

GEE, MARCO: What’s in this Amnesty Bill for Us, the American People?

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

The Republicans are called the stupid party for good reason:

There’s not a single redeeming aspect of this bill for us. Not one. It won’t create jobs, it will destroy jobs. It won’t help address the deficit, it will explode the deficit. It won’t help national security, it will erode our security. It won’t reinforce the use of the English language and teach our history, tradition and values, it will instead encourage multiculturalism and Balkanization. It won’t drive down crime, it will encourage lawbreaking. It won’t reduce government dependency, it will accelerate that addiction.

via Doug Ross @ Journal: GEE, MARCO: What’s in this Amnesty Bill for Us, the American People?.

Mickey Kaus has it right

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Worst of all are distractions that weren’t around in 2007.  Probably through sheer bad luck, a series of dramatic scandals has captured the attention of both the press (which would ordinarily be celebrating the Gang of Eight’s epic achievement) and conservatives, who would ordinarily be kicking up a fuss. The distraction factor applies with special force to right-wing talk radio hosts, who instead of mobilizing opposition are pontificating in a daze of either overconfidence (i.e., ‘Democrats want this bill to fail’) or fatalism.You’d think Rush Limbaugh–a rare non-Fox conservative star, who understands what is at stake– might have a good deal of time to spend on the Gang of 8 bill the day before its first test vote in the Senate. You would be wrong. Rush talked mainly about the NSA.

via Wake Up! says Mickey.

More on the H-1B visa scam

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

I, Cringely.

From the article:

Watch the video if you can, especially the part where Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith offers to pay the government $10,000 each for up to 6,000 H-1B visas.

Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Facebook are not your friends. They want immigration reform to reduce your wages.

There is no STEM worker shortage.

Student visas are also a scam.

On Immigration…

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

I’m going to quote from Arnold Kling:

This difference between shame and guilt affects the way people treat strangers. In many clan societies, a household is expected to be a generous host to strangers, offering the household’s best food and sleeping quarters. Not to do so would bring shame upon the household and on the entire clan. However, in a commercial transaction with such a stranger, there is no sense of guilt from failing to live up to one’s bargain or from cheating the stranger.

In the West, the value system is reversed. We feel no obligation to show ultra-generous hospitality to strangers who come to our neighborhood. However, we would feel guilty about cheating a stranger in a commercial transaction.

Our complex economic system requires that strangers deal honestly with one another when they exchange goods and services. Such a system functions more naturally in a Society of Contract than in a Society of Status. In the former, commercial obligations are inherently binding, regardless of the identity of the party with which one deals. In the latter, there is little sense of obligation in dealing with members of a different kinship group.

The emphasis is mine. Please do go read the whole thing.

In light of the whole Jason Richwine flap, and posts like this one this one from Bryan Caplan. I find it somewhat amusing that Arnold put his essay on the Library of Economics and Liberty web site. Is this an intentional tweak of those bloggers?

So while I am generally on the side of complete liberty, I do not want people from Clan or Status Societies moving into my neighborhood. I have but one life and it won’t last the generations it will take these newcomers to adjust to being a member of a Contract Society. I will also say that I don’t really expect my government of doing a fair job of deciding whether or not any particular immigrant belongs to one type of society or the other. Government is, though, the only tool at my disposal. I do not have enough money to create one of Caplan’s bubbles to wall myself off from undesirable Status Society lowlifes. If you don’t believe these people exist, just tour part of the world outside the U.S. (probably should go outside Northern Europe, too).

Also, I do not intend to disparage any particular individual, I just know which way I’ll bet when it come to having immigrant neighbors from one particular country or another.

Steve Sailer: Chechens

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Steve Sailer, continues to have fun with the Brothers Tsarnaev story:

In carjacking a Mercedes, then stopping at a gas station to pick up some snacks, which led to them getting into a car chase in which they threw pipe bombs out the windows injuring several cops, followed by a spectacular firefight, the Bomb Brothers were living the Chechen Dream.

Sailer has been on fire with the whole Boston Marathon bombing. Go read through his posts. Remember Chechens too, when you read about the immigration bill. That last thing we need in this country is more Chechens.

Here, courtesy of Sailer, is a video of Chechens driving:


Charming people.

Maybe he should make friends with Eduardo Saverin again?

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Steve Sailer is a funny guy.

I do suggest you go read the whole thing. It is spot on.

Parable of the Neighborhood Watch

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Parable of the Neighborhood Watch « Rhymes With Cars & Girls.

Sonic Charmer tells a good story of neighborhood watches for the open borders crowd. It dovetails nicely with my story about The Longest Bridge in the World.

My story of the bridge was mostly about the Baptists and Bootleggers problem in public choice and how these public choice shenanigans screw over most of the people. By my story also works in the context of immigration. If I have problems with the people just the other side of the creek, why in the world should I want to move people from across the globe here? I see no upside.