The State of Immigration?
The scrambled state of immigration us no good. Some may insist that the America is never welcoming to new immigrants anyways. They are right. For all our faults, we still receive the largest influx of immigrants, high-skilled immigrants and entrepreneurs among them. Fortunately, enough of these hardy immigrants found their pursuit of happiness in this unwelcoming land fulfilling.
These strokes of luck, however, may not last forever. Worse still, our half-sane immigration system will imperil our lead in global economy against our competitors.
The current state of immigration should inspire no pride. A New York Time‘s editorial column on April Fool’s day states, “A country that has abandoned all efforts at creating a saner immigration policy has gotten the result it deserves: not one policy but lots of little ones, acting at cross purposes and nullifying one another.”
The Obama administration is sued for using deferred actions for childhood arrival and for parents of American citizens. This make much sense. Many Americans want nothing to do with immigrants they need, but do not want. Politicians have to take care of their feelings.
Meanwhile, our system does not focus on controlling magnets of undocumented workers. Senator Simpson proposed mandatory registration through E-verify system. His Republican comrades and constituents may or may not listen.
California is now the leader of immigration reform. Rustbelt states, which need immigrants, predictably gave way to local politics and fall behind most of the nation. Ironically, these states, such as Ohio, have just recently crafted comprehensive plans.
To remain in lead, we must give our best to attract talents from our competitors. Voters often forget this truth. Worse still, Americans underestimate China, a great imitator of the United States.
“Why China?” Europeans may have too much pride in their traditions, inhibiting efforts for assimilation. Chinese do not. The last generation just modernized half of China and this one is making way for a sustainable economy. China has no cultural baggage, except a difficult Chinese language.
True, immigration is none-existent in China. This means great potential. China’s aging population and need for a global-minded workforce signal needs for high-skilled immigrants. Sheer prospect of gainful employment may attract many high-skilled immigrants, whom America wants and needs.
Indeed, China’s water and food makes any sane person feel insecure. America still has time, less than 35 years. The last monumental reform was 30 years ago. We could wait on.
Pessimism should spur Americans to work. Starting from the state of our immigration. An advantage due to our language easier to learn than Chinese will not last long. For starter, there will be more English speakers in China than in the U.S.