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August 6, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Immigration: We should be looking in the U.S. to fill high-tech jobs

I was deeply touched and grateful for former Gov. Dan Evan’s eloquent summary of our humane immigration policies of the recent past, and his courageous call for similar assistance to victims of the current crisis [“This is not America’s first immigration crisis,” Opinion, Aug. 2]. Against this backdrop, I find it especially jarring that he should include a call for foreign students to become American citizens after graduation, citing a need to fill the shortage of workers in high-tech industries.

After decades of world leadership in science, technology, medicine, etc., why is it that suddenly our country has a cerebral deficit requiring us to look to other countries to fill the gap? If there is such a shortage (which I question), it is one that has been manipulated by reduced worker salaries and wrongheaded, inhumane policies that ignore the implications of poverty, especially in the areas of child development and education.

While we should fulfill our humane responsibility to be good citizens of the world, we should also attend to nurturing and providing our citizens with the opportunity to develop and live rewarding lives. If Denmark and other Scandinavian countries can do it, why can’t we?

Marilyn Bentz, Kirkland

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