Writing for the Japan times, Curtis S. Chin, former U.S. ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, argues that both Asia and the United States can benefit from immigration reform.
Curtis shows that for numerous countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as the US, immigration remains a contentious issue. However, he believes that there is one area where all political parties should be able to come together to move forward for meaningful action: focusing on high-skilled immigration reform.
Accordingly to Curtis, the focus of the flow of unauthorised and low-skilled migrants casts a shadow over the issue, whilst the increasingly politicised language of immigration also adds little to a constructive discussion. The focus should thus be on the that fact that it is often overlooked that an estimated that 1.5 million college-educated immigrants are either unemployed or employed in relatively unskilled jobs, who if given the correct tools can help America better utilise the nation’s diversity of human capital.
Curtis argues that the U.S. President and Congress need to put politics aside and focus on these skilled migrants, because “America again has the opportunity to mend a broken system and set an example for Asia-Pacific nations that are also struggling with how best to welcome strangers to their shores and perhaps one day to turn them into new citizens.”
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