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Immigration is a problem longing for a fix. Unfortunately, it has been accorded leper status inWashington. Too broken to leave alone but too politically perilous to touch with a ten-foot pole.One need look no further than Arizona to realize the incendiary nature of attempting to come upwith an immigration solution. Where there is much to lose, there is also much to gain. That is whyRepublicans must take the initiative, outflank their political opponents, and craft an immigrationreform plan that not only preserves conservative values but potentially captures a new bloc ofconservative voters.Republicans have long been labeled as xenophobes when it comes to immigration. It is largely theresult of a debate that has been couched in between two equally unattractive views. The word"immigrant" at its worst conjures up images of people who are stealing American jobs and living offour social welfare system without paying a dime in taxes to support it. At its best, they areunskilled laborers, doing the jobs Americans wont do while living off our social welfare systemwithout paying a dime in taxes to support it. Either way, not exactly a rosy picture. With thismindset, Republicans are doomed to forever fight an uphill battle when it comes to standingbehind a viable, working option for immigration reform.Sadly, without such reform Republicans will be doomed to wander the political wilderness. Thefact is Hispanics will be a majority in this country by as soon as 2050. To remain a viable politicalparty you will eventually have to capture this growing voting pool. Fortunately, and manyRepublicans dont understand this, Hispanic-Americans tend to be conservative. In 2006 pollsterDavid Winston asked registered voters to rate themselves on a 1 to 9 scale from very liberal tovery conservative. Winston found that Hispanic Americans viewed themselves were moreconservative than the rest of an already center-right country.They are a natural source of votes but weve got to wise up to capture them.This is where Im going to lose some of you. But let me go ahead and say, wising up does notequal selling out. I understand that a party is about more than politics, it is about principle.Fortunately, reforming our stance on immigration isnt just good politics, it meshes perfectly withconservative principles. But, it will require a change in mindset.Weve all heard the melting pot argument. That the United States is a nation of immigrants,melting together to form the essential fabric that binds us to this nation. All true, but very blah.Even with this argument immigration has become a convoluted issue, existing as the enormouselephant in the room. Grasping the "melting pot" argument relies on a sense of history andfairness - concepts that are intangible and dont really come with any personal benefits. Today,with unemployment staying stubbornly high and deficits clouding our fiscal future, it is a mucheasier to argue that illegal immigrants are taking our jobs and eating up our taxes. So what can wedo to reframe the debate?Republicans should put forward an immigration reform package that promises to increase jobs,lower the number of unskilled immigrants, and boosts the number of taxpayers. Soundsconservative. Now, what if I told you it could be done in a way palatable to Hispanic voters.The first step is to change the make-up of our immigrant population. "Unskilled" and "immigrant"
are too often viewed as inseparable. It neednt be this way. After all you wouldnt view AlbertEinstein this way. But imagine how many fewer jobs America would have without people likethese:Jerry Yang - Taiwanese founder of YahooSergey Brin - Russian founder of GoogleAndrew Grove - Hungarian founder of IntelAndrew Carnegie - Scottish business mogulLevi Strauss - German inventor of blue JeansJohn Kluge - German owner of Metromedia - one of largest privately held companies in the USImmigrants success extends much deeper. A study by Harvard researcher Vivek Wawha foundthat "one in four engineering and technology companies founded between 1995 and 2005 had animmigrant founder. We found that these companies employed 450,000 workers and generated$52 billion in revenue in 2006." Moreover, foreign nationals residing in the United Statesrepresented 25.6 percent of all patent applications. In Silicon Valley, one of the primaryentrepreneurial centers in the United States, 52 percent of tech and engineering companies werefounded by an immigrant.Immigrants do not have to be the job takers. They can be the job creators. But first we have tocreate an immigration policy capable of attracting and harnessing their talents. One way to do thatwould be to change the H-1B visa system. The visa, which is provided for immigrants that want towork in the U.S., has helped draw the top talent in the international work force. Unfortunately, asDarrel West argues in the Wall Street Journal,"[O]nly 15% of our annual visas are now set aside for employment purposes. Of these, some go toseasonal agricultural workers, while a small number of H-1B visas (65,000) are reserved for"specialty occupations" such as scientists, engineers, and technological experts."65,000. Thats it. Applications for this type of visa are normally gone within the first two days of theapplication period. In other words, while the H-1B visa should be luring the best and the brightestinternational talent, we are shutting off the tap. The Cato Institute argues that such a low cap "ishampering output, especially in high-technology sectors, and forcing companies to considermoving production offshore." The expansion should not be limited to H-1Bs. Other skilled workervisas such as the L-1, which allows foreign workers to relocate to a multi-national corporations USoffice, and O-1, which allows aliens with "extraordinary abilities" in a particular field, should also beemphasized and revised.Given the inherent power of these visas to actually create jobs why has the government been soslow to change it? Partially because of the misperception of so many voters who believe thatincreasing quotas will take away jobs from Americans. This logic doesnt have a basis in fact. AsCato explains:"Fears that H-1B workers cause unemployment and depress wages are unfounded. H-1B workerscreate jobs for Americans by enabling the creation of new products and spurring innovation. High-tech industry executives estimate that a new H-1B engineer will typically create demand for anadditional 3-5 American workers."
This is the chance for Republicans to take the lead on immigration. Republicans have long beenthought to have lost the debate - and have the lack of minority support to prove it. The key towinning the support and turning the debate around is to focus on immigrants as realistic and viablesolution to the economic trouble. Immigration reform could be the jobs bill weve all been waitingfor and with a price-tag much cheaper than the so-called stimulus.by Brandon Greife, Political Director of the College Republican National Committeehttp://speakout.crnc.org/blog/2010/07/26/republicans-must-outflank-democrats-on-immigration-reform/Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Brandon_Greife==== ====Good Read !!!http://tinyurl.com/3uydrdw==== ====