November 26th, 2012
03:40 PM ET

What immigration reform should look like

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By Fareed Zakaria

Canada and Australia both have a higher percentage of people who are foreign born compared with the United States. In fact on this dimension, America – which once led the world – looks like most Western countries. Germany and France, for example, have about the same percentage of foreign born people as America. One important difference is that many of these countries have managed to take in immigrants mostly based on skills, giving a big boost to their economies. It’s not as if America doesn’t need these people – American companies are struggling to fill 3.6 million job openings, many of them in science related fields.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls America’s current immigration policy the single biggest problem facing the economy and argues that our current approach is “national suicide.” The good news is we may finally be on the road to a solution.

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  1. Franko

    We are not" the leader" anymore! The Others lead us even by the cost of impairing our national vital ineterests and scarifying our own childs in their stupid wars.!!

    November 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  2. Muin

    Democrats want to spend big on education. Everything would be solved after 10 years. So, just wait 10 to 20 years. What's your rush or Bloomberg's rush? America's inner city kids would solve all the problems in 10 to 20 years. They don't need to bring any people from outside U.S. They have full proof plan. So, just wait and calm down.

    November 27, 2012 at 12:08 am | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    No doubt it's easier for immigrants to integrate in America than in Europe. Back in the 1960s Northern European countries, notably West Germany, which boomed under the "economic wonder", imported hundreds of thousands workers from Southern Europe, mostly Turkey and Italy. Today many Germans bemoan the Turks being unwilling to integrate. The French say the same about immigrants from their former colonies in North Africa.

    November 27, 2012 at 6:52 am | Reply
  4. USN Ret.

    We need to start by not allow anchor babies. My son in law came over from England and has work to obtain his current green card by following the stated laws of this country. Why are Hispanics and others given a free pass and not held to the same standard. My son in law works at a job where he makes less than $10.00 an hour and is grateful to have it. He is currently going to school at night to earn his GED. Then he plans to go to collage. This man has not asked for ONE penny from the U.S. Government and pays his taxes each year. WHY DO WE NOT HOLD OTHERS TO THIS BASIC STANDARD????? Because it dose not win VOTES that why.

    November 27, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
  5. J

    Isn't the immigration process of Canada that he is describing, similar to what we did at Ellis Island?

    November 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  6. Vijay Vaddadi

    I request you through your column to ensure that HR 3012 is passed as early as possible. It will help many qualified people like me and also it will help our families. We are legal immigrants who are being forced to wait with no benefits for no fault of ours. I hope you can help us. Thanks

    November 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
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