Immigration lessons for the U.S. from around the world
New citizens wave flags before being sworn in during a Naturalization Ceremony in October at the Statue of Liberty.
June 10th, 2012
10:41 AM ET

Immigration lessons for the U.S. from around the world

Fareed Zakaria looks at how the immigration systems work – and don't work – in Japan, Europe, Canada and the U.S. in the TV special: "Global Lessons: The GPS Roadmap for Making Immigration Work" which aired on CNN on Sunday, June 10. Watch on CNN International on Saturday, June 16, at 4 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET

Immigrants founded America hundreds of years ago, coming to the promised land in search of freedom and opportunity, in pursuit of the American dream.

Today, many Americans see immigrants as a danger to that dream.

They worry that immigrants are taking their jobs, using government services and changing the country's national identity. The average American believes that 39% of the U.S. population was born abroad. The real figure is 13%, still the highest level since 1920.

Related: How much do you know about U.S. immigration?

Immigration is divisive, a wedge issue in this election year. But most Americans (73%) agree that the government is doing a poor job of managing it.

So, how should the U.S. handle immigration? Does anyone else do it better? What can the U.S. learn from successes – and possible mistakes – from other countries?

Let’s look at three examples: Japan, Europe and Canada.

JAPAN: A CAUTIONARY TALE

Japan has one of the strictest immigration policies in the world and has historically been closed off to outsiders. It has a foreign population of less than 2% - six times smaller than the percentage of the U.S.

But what are the effects of keeping foreigners out?

Japan is facing an alarming labor shortage, says Robert Guest, the business editor of The Economist and author of "Borderless Economics."

Japan’s current population is around a 127 million. It’s on pace to be just 90 million by 2050, a drop-off of almost one-third. The nation is also aging. Almost one in four people are 65 or older – making Japan the oldest country on earth.

Guest says there’s a solution to the labor shortage: open the borders and invite more immigrants.

But that idea has hurdles.

“They don't have the idea that you can become Japanese,” says Guest. “And they don't have the idea that you can solve some of the country's chronic labor problems by importing foreign hands.”

In its health care sector, for example, Japan is estimated to be short almost 900,000 workers 2025. It started to invite foreign nurses, and since 2008 almost 600 have come to Japan.

But only 66 have passed Japan’s notoriously difficult nursing proficiency exam, which requires an expertise in written Japanese.

Japan’s health ministry has made the test easier, adding some English translations, but critics say it’s still unreasonable.

“It should be good enough that they are able to communicate verbally with people and that they are able to read the words they need to know for the tools of their trade,” says Guest. “It worked perfectly well in other countries.”

And it’s not just foreign workers who might run into obstacles. In some cases, it’s immigrants who have been living in Japan for decades.

In 1990, facing a labor shortage, Japan gave ethnic Japanese from South America long-term residence status, filling gaps in its workforce.

Japanese-Brazilians filled manufacturing jobs and became the third largest minority in Japan.

But in 2009, with unemployment running high, Japan actually offered money to them to leave the country – $3,000 for each worker to cover travel expenses.

And the flight was essentially a one-way ticket – anyone who took the offer couldn’t come back to Japan with the residence status they once had.

The government says it was only trying to help unemployed Japanese-Brazilians. They’ve stopped offering the deal and are reconsidering the residence status of those who took the money.

So if Japan won’t let in immigrants, what is it doing about its labor shortage?

It’s encouraging families to have more children, giving them $165 a month for each child. But that hasn’t been enough to inspire a growth spurt.

EUROPEAN UNION: WORK IN PROGRESS

Europe faces a similar demographic crisis as Japan, but it’s trying a more open approach to immigration.

It’s easy to forget that the European Union itself is one of the most ambitious migration experiments in history. Half a billion people are allowed to roam freely within the EU’s borders.

Many predicted that swarms of people from poorer nations like Poland and Romania would move to rich countries like Germany and France. That never happened – only 3% of working-age EU citizens live in a different EU country.

But the EU has not dealt well with immigrants from outside its borders.

There’s been a nasty political backlash – with anti-immigrant parties thriving in Greece, the Netherlands and France.

Rather than rejecting these extremists, Europe’s mainstream politicians have pandered to them. Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have all declared that multiculturalism in their countries is a failure.

“They all agree multiculturalism is dead,” says Chem Ozdemir, born in Germany to Turkish migrant workers. “It's amazing that they agree on that, but they do not agree when it comes to euro and on other issues.”

Ozdemir, now head of Germany’s left-leaning Green Party, became the first ethnic-Turkish member of Parliament at age 28.

Now, he helps his nation to answer a very basic question: What does it mean to be German?

“Can you be a German and have a head scarf at the same time? Can you be a German and practice Islam at the same time?” Ozdemir says.

Jonathan Laurence, author of “The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims,” is hopeful on Islam’s place in Europe. In a GPS guest post this week, Laurence writes:

The key development is that as the proportion of Muslims of foreign nationality residing in Europe decreases – because the number of native-born Muslims is growing – Europe’s democratic political institutions are increasingly kicking in. For decades, the absence of integration policy allowed foreign governments and transnational movements to capture the religious and political interests of this new minority. This wasn’t multiculturalism so much as indifference.

The series of terrorist attacks against Western capitals from 2001-2005, however, in combination with high unemployment and educational under-performance, ended Europeans’ hands-off approach. After leaving them outside domestic institutions for decades, governments gradually took ownership of their Muslim populations. Authorities began to treat Islam as a domestic religion and encouraged Muslims to embrace national citizenship.

In Germany, for example, the government has met with Muslim leaders at an annual German Islam conference since 2006, in an effort to better integrate Muslims with the rest of the population.

Germany and others are certainly making strides, but throughout Europe, there are still obstacles to immigrants’ inclusion.

So, is there any nation that’s getting immigration right?

CANADA: GETTING IT RIGHT

If Japan’s strict immigration policy serves as a cautionary tale and Europe’s experiment is still a work in progress, then take a look at Canada – a nation with more foreign-born per capita than the United States.

Canada may not have the cache the U.S. does – but it holds great appeal for would-be immigrants, says The Economist’s Guest.

“Canada offers many of the same things that America does – a very high standard of living, the rule of law, peace, safety,” he says.

To determine whom it should let in to live and work, Canada uses a point system. You don't even need a job or employer, just skills. Applicants are awarded points for proficiency in education, languages and job experience.

Just why is Canada so ready to accept immigrants with open arms?

Because it has to be.

The nation is sparsely populated, has a low birth rate, and needs immigrants for population growth – and economic growth.

In Canada, almost two-thirds of permanent visas last year were given for economic needs – Canada's economic needs, that is.

The country brings in the majority of foreigners to fill labor holes.

Only 22% of its immigration was for family reasons: reuniting mothers with children, brothers with sisters, grandparents with grandchildren.

In the U.S., the opposite is true. Only 13% of green cards last year were doled out for economic reasons, while two-thirds were for family reunions.

When Nahed Nenshi became the first Muslim mayor of a major Canadian city in 2010, he shattered Calgary's "redneck" stereotype.

“When I was running for office, it was only people who were not from here who said ‘Whoa, is Calgary ready for a mayor like that?’” he says. “The people in Calgary just said, ‘Ah, it's a kid from the East End. We know him.’"

Canada’s real challenge, says Nenshi, is ensuring the economic and social integration of immigrants once they are living in the country.

“It's not about burkas and kirpans. It's about saying to an engineer who was trained in Iran or China, how can we get you working as an engineer instead of a janitor as quickly as possible?” he says. “These are very serious challenges. And we haven't got it right. But I would much prefer we focus our energies there rather than on these meaningless culture war discussions that occasionally crop up ... because those don't make a difference in people's lives.”

The public and Parliament in Canada generally support continued immigration. “Immigration is unambiguously good for the economy. We know that those folks come, they invest here, they create jobs, they work here,” says Nenshi. “There's not much of a policy debate on that in Canada."

While the prime minister of Great Britain, the former president of France and the chancellor of Germany have all declared that in their context multiculturalism has failed, that's not so in Canada, says Nenshi.

“I'm not here to question their reality. It's their reality,” he says. “But I think it's important for us Canadians, and particularly for Calgarians, to really tell a story loudly and proudly about a place where it works, where diversity works, where multiculturalism works, where pluralism works. It ain’t rocket science.”

FUTURE IN THE U.S.

Canada and also Australia now have smart immigration policies that take in talented foreigners who have skills the country needs and determination and drive to succeed.

As a result, they have transformed themselves into immigrant countries, with a foreign-born population that is higher than the United States.

Australia, which only 15 years ago had strong strains of nativism and xenophobia dominating its political culture, now has more than a quarter of its population as foreign born – double America’s share – and is thriving because of the economic growth and cultural diversity.

Canada's foreign-born population is almost 20%; the U.S. is 13%, just a little higher than Great Britain's.

Related: Why American needs immigration

The United States is not the world's only – nor the largest – immigrant society anymore.

And that will have consequences economically, culturally and in other ways, says Fareed Zakaria:

It's a sad state, because the U.S. remains a model for the world. It is the global melting pot, the place where a universal nation is being created. We may not do immigration better than everyone else anymore, but we do assimilation better than anyone else. People from all over the world come to this country and, almost magically, become Americans.

They - I should say we - come to the country with drive and dedication and over time develop a fierce love for America. This infusion of talent, hard work and patriotism has kept the country vital for the past two centuries. And if we can renew it, it will keep America vital in the 21st century as well.

What do you think? What can the U.S. learn from other countries' immigration policies? Share your comments below and check out some past responses.

Or see what Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has to say, from this excerpt from "Global Lessons: The GPS Roadmap for Making Immigration Work"

and also New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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  1. Dale

    Cut all US Foreign Aid. Ship all imimigrants back who don't want to learn english, who don't want to be americans, who are just here to make the same mess they left behind.

    June 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  2. rdeleys

    The US can learn a lot from Canada. Maybe we should ask ourselves how they get it right so often and we bungle so much.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  3. galacticaman

    For every talented,hardworking and educated immigrant there hundreds of leechers.Most immigrants don't offer any special skills that can't be found in America.I don't know if it just me but most immigrants I talked to despise this country.America should definitively be more selective in immigrants.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  4. Poggly

    Watched the show tonight. It was excellent. The green card with a Master's or PHD in Science or Math is an excellent idea. We should keep the "cream of the crop" that we educate in this country at our universities. Why would we educate them and then not allow them to stay here and start companies that give American's jobs?? Immigration policy should consider skill sets and education!!! I am amazed that we do not allow folks educated in needed fields in this country to stay. It's not like we have American students lining up to get these degrees. In a generation or 2 these folks will all be American's..;..

    June 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
    • Eddard

      Completely agree with you. Going the other direction, is the worst idea US could make. STEM graduate programs are mostly foreign students. If they are not allowed to work in the US who works in the US? The few americans that were in those programs. It's not about talent or best qualified. Its if they are US citizens. Slowly the best and the brightest all end up in foreign companies, while the 3rd string ends up in ours. If this were to happen, I mean for a sports analogy, its the all star team (foreign) vs a team made up of players from minor leagues (US). Would not like to watch seasons of that sport.

      June 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
    • Greedy bailed out banker

      Yes, I am more than happy to supply the green cards 🙂

      My for profit diploma mill can give out all the green cards necessary. If you have the money that is.

      June 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  5. Kay

    I dont believe the immigration approach of Canada is also effective. They bring in more immigrants, mostly professionals with the hope of better life and job security and most of those that got teased with these hopes ended up with a life they cant imagine. Take an example of a medical doctor that immigrated to Canada on point basis because of his/her skills and then been told that s/he cant practice in Canada just because s/he dont have a "Canada experience". Most of these professional immigrants end up working as security staffs or janitors just to survive and the shame of not achieving their dreams abroad scared them away from going back home.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      You have a valid point to misleading "some" that immigrate here, there is however due diligence many of these so called professionals do not feel the need for a proper interpreter during the process and simply are not misled but are lost in translation.
      They have the equal amount of right to return to their country of origin should they not find it of their liking here.
      Immigrant 1986

      June 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  6. Jefferson

    Fareed assumes that Americans can learn political lessons from elsewhere. How niave. Europe is in the throes of a deepening economic crisis due to austerity and a central authority with too little control and regulation. The lesson lost Americans are taking from this, courtesy of fox news and the morons on talk radio? That the US needs austerity and less centralized control of our economic system.

    Europeans warned us about invading Iraq. American's response? Freedom Fries. Everywhere on earth has better health care for half the price. The lesson Americans take from that? Continue paying more and more for less and less and ignore everyone else.

    Heck, a recent poll showed that 46% of Americans believe in CREATIONISM. If that is not a portending of doom for our soceity then nothing is. Not 4.6% but 46%. Almost half the population thinks a 2,500 year old creation story told as an allegory and intended to distinguish the Hebrews from the moon worshipers is a science textbook writen in literal terms in 2012. Americans think that schools are bad – except their own district which almost all correctly say does a good job. Their solution? Denigrate techers and try to cut money to education.

    Works for the conservatives. they need the ignorant public described above in order to stand a chance at maintaining the plutocracy they desire.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
    • Digital Backlash

      Jefferson,
      The plan is working and its on schedule.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  7. Tom

    America should open up its borders to allow MORE immigration, not less as the GOP fearmongers say. Population growth is better for all of us. And if we can lure in the best and the brightest from around the world, using the Canadian model, all the better. Open up the doors!

    June 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • Michael Brown

      Guess what though, tom? All those people who come here to get Ph.Ds are going back to their own countries. They just abuse us letting them get an education here just to go back home to their own nation. The US is undergoing a "brain drain" as a result of all these people moving back to their own countries because 1/2 of all Ph.Ds are foreign born.

      June 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Reply
      • Cae

        It is not true that all the foreigners who earn advanced degrees in the U.S. return to their home country. If they did, we would have maybe half as many PhDs as we do now. But is it fair to other countries if those who came here for an education stay here permanently? Other countries, especially the poorer ones, need educated and talented people to return and help improve their countries.

        June 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • concerned

      Tom, hate to differ. But that's a crazy statement. I don't know where we would house all these people + give them jobs (good jobs that is) – when even ordinary Americans can not find work. Unless your plan is to start building companies & corporations, etc plus housing in No. & So. Dakota, Wyoming, & Montana – I don't know where we'd place these mass number of immigrates you'd want to let in. The San Francisco Bay Area is not an option. Housing here is expensive enough -that the average person can not afford to buy NADA. We're living like sardines. Freeways are packed, parking is hard to find at shopping centers. I'm sure LA & New York & other major cities have similar problems (or will soon).
      Check out this link: http://www.capsweb.org/
      There's a Federal one as well, but I don't have the link handy.

      June 11, 2012 at 6:17 am | Reply
  8. Lingo

    I am an immigrant and have been here for 40 years. During my years, immigrants came here to work and study. Immigrants now come with crime and uneducated. There are a big differences. Americans welcome immigrants but when you create trouble like crimes, that is why they have enough and felt anti-immigrants. Although not all immigrants are bad but that is how people stereo-typed. Just the way it is.....like when terrorists attack Americans, the muslim trust just went out of the windows.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  9. Midwestern

    Our immigration policy, unfortunately, comes down to which political party can benefit from it, not what is best for our nation. Both political parties, but more recently the Democrats are guilty of selling ut the USA.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • Digital Backlash

      Nice shot.
      Under President Obama, more illegals have been deported
      than at any other time in our history.
      Google is your friend.
      Idiot.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  10. Mike S

    No country has anything to teach the U.S. about immigration. The world needs to learn from the U.S. The U.S. is a country by immigrants for immigrants. Yes, there is always vociferous group that oppose it and it makes for good press but the reality there has never been any other country and there is still is no other country that is as welcoming of immigrants as the U.S. is. You more than anyone else should know this.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • Arturo Igleisas

      I think you should check your immigration policies. I agree that no one should teach America, about immigration, given our past. If you look at reality. I live it every day, it is a different story. Things have changed for the worse.

      June 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
      • Mike S

        I think immigration policies have changed not so much to a purely anti-immigration sentiment but mostly due to a post 911 reality.

        June 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  11. Arturo Igleisas

    I am pleased to see a show that represents the real direction for which we are headed. There is always time to correct, our direction, if we want to stay at the forefront, we need to make a sharp turn, in the right direction. Remember economics and business are execution plays. If we want to stay ahead we must execute. In order to execute we need the right resources, and of course the right people. The US is successful because it has always known how to get the cream of the crop from else where, grow it and empower it. It seams like our legislators are so enamored by the immediate return and complacent jobs that the have now, they have forgotten how the county has gotten to where it has. It is through the hard work, sweat, and intellect that americans have showed in the past. We are not at the point of no return, but we are close. We need people and infrastructure, and without the right one on either side we will have none.

    Excellent closing excellent ideas, for the show. I hope our legislators listen. Please remember, the second generation of immigrants will always be Americans.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Reply
    • G

      It does not matter
      about where We come from
      the PROBLEM We had is that All of US is just fighting for one thing money the Devil
      some of US could get pay a dime to kill one another We will do it
      Most Immigrants that came to the US is for a Better Life
      The main problem is that We Peolpe's We let our Kids do what they want and disrespect us as they want
      I know couples year ago's Immigrants are the one that do most of the dirty job in this world
      Some of the Country have Security problem that is the only thing that's HURTING THE WORLD US PEOPLES in EARTH are causing the PROBLEM
      Look at Canada they do not have a president everything is Running SMOOTH as a BIRD
      There is nothing about Immigrants most of US are just looking for Better for OURSELVES and THE KIDS FUTURE's.
      JESUS LORD ALL MIGHTY KING OF KING IS THE ANSWERS OF EVERYTHING WE GOT TO PRAY PRAY PRAY WE LETTING THE DEVIL CONTROLLING US NOW DAYS THAT IS WHY WE ARE HURTING KILLING EACHOTHER LOOK AT ALL THE THINGS THAT IS GOING ON NOW DAYS EARTHQUAKE RAINS ECT
      THANKS TO GOD ALL MIGHTY THE TIMES IS NEAR PEOPLE'S
      I AM NOT PERFECT THAN ANY OF YOU OUT THERE
      REMEMBER OUR ANCESTOR'S MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BOB MARLEY LUCKY DUBE TI MANNO ETC LET STOP HATING EACHOTHER AND RECEIVED LORD JESUS CHRIST TO OUR LIFE WE LIVING IN A LIED WORLD FOR THE PAST AND STILL KEPT CONTINUES
      GOD BLESS YOU ALL

      June 10, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
  12. Miguel

    Colonizing is not immigrating nor assimilating. I see plenty that need to assimilate and practice their English skills which seem very poor at the WalMarts I visit and I stop these people with a question or two given in candor. Guess what?
    How do these immigrants delivered get their papers according to the rules I have seen?

    June 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  13. taxedmore

    I know somebody who is here, in her 70's, on a green card. Her relative had to sign an Affidavit of Support for her to come here. She is still not a citizen but she is in subsidized housing (paying $25 of the $865 monthly rent), on food stamps, Medicaid and has a free cell phone with 250 free minutes a month. The Affidavit of Support means NOTHING. Our current government exists for one reason only – to screw the taxpayers. She will be a citizen soon. I have calculated the value of her "benefits" at just under $30,000 per year – she never worked a day in this country and never contributed a cent to this country. Where is the fairness? Will there ever be an advocate for the taxpayers?

    June 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • concerned

      yes, the U.S. government no doubt does dumb things – in allowing such things to happen. I have one for you... I know somebody who also is not a U.S. Citizen (& does not want to be). She works at a Jr. College & came here from a European country some 15 years ago. She got her 2-yr degree (don't know the major) and she makes around $45,000/yr. The thing is she had very little experience when she got her job. She was a student at first & got the degree. She was able to land the job back in 1999 or 2000 because of the 2% unemployment in area & I suppose she worked some at the school while working towards her degree. What is truly insane is that she has this cozy job in which she spends most of her time in meetings (rather than in the office assisting students), plus suffers from frequent headaches and calls in sick every week or every other week (& gets paid) – but she has no plans to become a citizen or stay in the U.S. Just wants to make the money & run back to her home country eventually. Don't know why people such as this are allowed to stay here when there are healthy & more honest Americans who can easily do the job & need to work.

      June 11, 2012 at 6:43 am | Reply
  14. AndyM

    American's don't have a problem with immigration. We have a problem with ILLEGAL immigration. There is a huge difference and the problem is, all these liberal policies are trying to lump it all in one basket. You want to come to this country, feel free. Go to the proper authorities and fill out the proper paperwork. Do it legally, and no one will bat an eyelash.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
    • Hans

      Well, you had me fooled considering that its so difficult to get residency in America even with the proper paperwork. You want to know why they don't file the proper paperwork? Because they would have to pour a tremendous amount of money into it for the slightest possibility that they might be able to work.

      June 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
    • Post Here

      I agree 100%

      June 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
    • Digital Backlash

      *** liberal policies ..................

      See Ronald Reagans amnesty bill.
      You are blaming the wrong party.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  15. Hans

    Yeah lets take up isolation again! No immigrants need apply and lets focus on ONLY 'merica because that worked out so well during the early 1900s! It only contributed to two full blown world wars and millions of deaths! It makes so much sense!

    June 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
    • Michael Brown

      Are you serious? Isolationism is something completely different than immigration policy. Also, you think the US was responsible for both world wars because we were a bit more wanting of other nations to sort out their own issues which they apparently proved they couldn't? Do you have any education whatsoever or are you just an ignorant fool?

      June 10, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  16. Post Here

    The reason people migrate to Canada is because they think it is a stepping stone to get to the US.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  17. Demographer

    CNN should be taken off the air. Fareed should be deported from the planet. He is not an American looks like a fakeer.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
    • Hans

      Lol u mad bro?

      June 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • Digital Backlash

      Fox wants you back.
      They miss your rants.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  18. Baba_the_Ninja_Cat

    Let's create an immigration policy based on xenophobic and nativism belief and allow only English speaking immigrants from wealthy nations, mainly Europe, to migrate into United States. Establish a strict quota systems and vise policy that makes it tough to visit to the United States. In addition, just forcible remove non-english speaking people, illegal immigrants and unfavorable people's out of the country. Continue the policy for 50 years and our society will want foreigners and immigrants to come to the United States because the majority are old and there is a dire labor shortage.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  19. KyRunner

    canadas illegal immigration is worse then the USA's, zakariah is nothing but a mud stirrer

    June 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  20. Greedy bailed out banker

    Yes staple a green card to all masters degrees. I will open up a franchise of diploma mills and sell green cards. mmmm, mega profits 🙂

    June 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  21. maltesefalconx9

    300 million is too many people already. Immigration should be ended completely.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  22. Mike S

    1. Canada doesn't have border with Mexico. 2. A lot of immigrants to Canada see it as a stepping stone to migrate to the U.S. 3. More Canadian migrate to the U.S. than the other way around.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  23. BlackDynamite

    Our immigration is small potatoes compared to our government corruption and health care problems.

    We could learn even more from Canada when it comes to health care, another facet where they are light years ahead of the U.S.

    Government-managed, free, and state-of-the-art care that many Americans travel north for to avoid America's corporate red-tape, loopholes, and corruption......
    BD

    June 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply
    • Mike S

      The Canadian health care system is a beneficiary of U.S. research. The U.S. pays for the research and Canada gets the knowledge and benefits without the cost of the research.

      June 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • Michael Brown

      I agree. Healthcare is a disaster in this country. People act like oh it's better than all them other nations! Well, sadly....that's foolish to actually believe and is frankly ignorant. It's a joke in the civilized world. Sure, the quality might be decent, but the access and how it's run is a disgrace to us being the so called best nation on the planet. It's clearly not when it comes to medicine

      June 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  24. libsrtheh8ters

    Barack Obama was, in fact, a member of the socialist New Party in the 1990s and sought its endorsement for the Illinois senate–contrary to the misrepresentations of Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, and in spite of the efforts of Politico’s Ben Smith to quash the story. Stanley Kurtz, author of Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism (2010), has released new “smoking gun” evidence at National Review Online. It is evidence that the mainstream media can no longer ignore–and Obama can no longer deny.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply
    • ernest loeb

      BS

      June 11, 2012 at 2:01 am | Reply
    • Parfin Woodell

      I finded da burf catificat.
      You send me ten dolla its yurs, okey ?

      June 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  25. libsrtheh8ters

    When the story of Obama’s association with the New Party first broke in 2008, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt claimed that Obama had never been a member. The Obama campaign took up the issue at its “Fight the Smears” website, smearing Kurtz and willfully distorting the truth about Barack Obama’s radical past.

    Now, through careful archival research, Kurtz has proven his case–and proven once again that there are many people on the left who have been willing to misrepresent and obscure facts about Barack Obama, as well as many in the mainstream media who have acted as Obama’s accomplices rather than searching for the truth.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      The story is about Immigration.
      Go back to fox..................moron.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  26. Michael Brown

    The immigration issue is HIGHLY complex. First off, there's Mexican illegals. they are more so the unwanteds. They are the ones who are degrading this country as most are not educated and are just making property values lower, bring a lot of crime, and are unfortunately just not welcome. Don't drag racism into it. My fiancee is a legal 2nd generation Mexican American as her mother immigrated here from a wealthy family just to do something different and it's turned out great for her. The other issue is people who come here from other nations simply for an education...many of which are Ph.D graduates. The issue with THEM is that many of them are going back to their home nations so we are educating them and they are no longer staying here which is creating a brain shortage in the nation. Over 1/2 of all Ph.Ds in this country are foreign born, but that is shrinking, but not in a good way. Domestically, we aren't cranking out enough intelligent people. So to say we need to close the borders off completely is foolish and to also say welcome everyone is also foolish. I honestly don't know what to do right now. I for one though at least want to solve the Mexican problem. That is the biggest issue in immigration right now. Mexican illegals are NOT a plus to this country so don't act like they are. If they pass through LEGAL immigration then they are surely a benefit as one should not be a chimpanzee and be able to become a US citizen. We have enough ignorant children posing as adults already. We need people to help better this nation. INTELLIGENT people.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • DRE

      You have no clue what it's like to starve. I do hope all mexicans return Mexico for the better of Mexico... I am Mexican American, educated. Make 6 figure salary and makes me sick to think majority of Americans are unappreciated to what they have. Trust me when I say. I would rather be in Mexico. This isnt a US presidents problem its ameircans who like cheap labor and congress who get paid too well to side with farm owners. Keep buying mexicos cocaine ha! And you will see today's problem will be nothing compared to what will happen in 70 years. Karma to those who have taken land by killing.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  27. pete

    I am a u.s. citizen in mexico on 6 month tourist visa. I am banned from working in any blue collar trades or they will throw me in jail. I am not allowed to buy or sell even used products or they can throw me in jail. The mexican navy boards my boat with machine guns and ski masks and I show all my immigration paperwork. (they are very friendly and proffesional.) Back in the u.s. , I was a low voltage electrician. Most all the jobsites I worked in california , I was often the only non mexican of all the trades in a house working. Interestingly, gun laws are very strict here. Unless I belong to an expensive hunting club, I would be thrown in jail for 5 years for even posession of one bullet. I respect and follow their laws and customs. I speak conversational spanish and engage in their community. It is very safe here , and one of the most friendly countries I've visited in the world. My point is that we are being too politically correct and kidding ourselves if we think unlimited immigration can be casually enforced and unchecked. It would be not unlike throwing a party at your house and having 2000 people show up. Think about it.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  28. Dale

    If you don't like America, simply stay away; immigrate somewhere else; China, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, the EU, the manycountries of Africa, take your pick.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply
    • Greedy bailed out banker

      Don't be ridiculous, I need those outsourcing visas to ship jobs overseas.

      June 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • pete

      that's called 'emigrate' when you leave.

      June 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  29. Nancy

    I agree with him. Canada's is a smart policy. I am tired of seeing grandpas and grandmas who are reunified with their children to come here to bankrupt our social security and health care system. I also see that some lousy old Americans who fall in love with poor health foreign women, then the federal government has to pay for such a wasting expense when their spouses come to US. Ask those people to sign the contract with US government that they have to support their relative for life (with their untouchable assets that are only used for their commitment) without receiving any financial support from US government.

    June 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
  30. Ken

    1. Illegal is illegal
    2. Illegal is a crime
    3. Crimes = Criminal
    4. Criminals = Undesirable
    5. Undesirable = NO Immigration.
    6. Send them back
    7. legal immigration = legal
    8. legal means welcome and follow the laws as a good citizen does.

    June 10, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Reply
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