Originally Posted by suited
I am not sure what your stance is on the overall impact of immigration policies on the U.S., so this isn't necessarily directed at you, but...
For those of you who think immigration concerns are nothing more than paranoia, can you please describe an immigration trend/policy you think would be
harmful to a place like the U.S.?
I'm not at all opposed to restricted immigration, I'd just like to see a rational policy and not one informed by xenophobia or racism. That's also a different question of how to treat immigrants (legal or illegal) that are already here.
I think it's evident that the modern US is a different place from the 1800s. We're more or less full up, we don't need unlimited immigration or especially unlimited unskilled labor. We also made a choice to have a safety net in place, so immigrants aren't just putting their lives in their own hands. They cost society money now, so that's a major consideration. Open immigration is presumably not a good thing, but I have no idea what the right number is or where they should come from.
Two related smaller scale trend that bother me:
In-sourcing foreign labor. Guest-worker programs can be good, especially for low skill work that physically needs to be done here, picking strawberries and the like. But we're building a habit of letting businesses claim that no domestic workers can be found when the reality is that they aren't available at the price the business wants to pay. So they bring over foreign workers, pay them a pittance, and they never get citizenship so they don't have the same kind of leverage that they'd have if they could join the normal labor market. It's a terrible system for American workers.
The other one is mass academic training of foreigners. We're spending a ton of government money on PhD stipends for Chinese researchers, and most of them will go back to China. We're basically training the competition, and paying them for the privilege. Aside from giving some academics a cheap labor force, I struggle to find the benefit to this system.