April 04, 2006


Being an immigrant in America Fareed Zakaria writes a touching article in the Washington Post on the issue of immigration. He slams Europe's immigration policies. Talking on the failure of the German immigration policy taken in the late 90s to lure tech workers into the country:
The German Green Card was misnamed, because it never, under any circumstances, translated into German citizenship. The U.S. green card, by contrast, is an almost automatic path to becoming American (after five years and a clean record). So Germany was asking bright young professionals to leave their country, culture and families; move thousands of miles away; learn a new language; and work in a strange land -- but without any prospect of ever being part of their new home.
And on the recent immigration debate in the USA:
Many Americans have become enamored of the European approach to immigration -- perhaps without realizing it. Guest workers, penalties, sanctions and deportation are all a part of Europe's mode of dealing with immigrants. The results of this approach have been on display recently in France, where rioting migrant youths again burned cars last week. Across Europe one sees disaffected, alienated immigrants, ripe for radicalism. The immigrant communities deserve their fair share of blame for this, but there's a cycle at work. European societies exclude the immigrants, who become alienated and reject their societies.
So true and he articulates his opinion in two sentences:
America does immigration superbly. Do we really want to junk that for the French approach?


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