An interesting week for me–opening day of the baseball season with the Washington Nationals, celebrating Passover and noting the April 1 deadline for companies to apply for visas for high-skilled immigrants. They all come together, somehow, in this week’s CNNMoney column.
Here’s how it begins:
Imagine if the baseball season had begun this week without such foreign-born stars as Albert Pujols, David Ortiz, Justin Morneau and the latest Japanese import, pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka and his mysterious “gyroball.”
It wouldn’t be as much fun, would it? Fans want to see the most skilled players compete – immigrants and Americans.
So why is it that people don’t want skilled immigrants to compete for jobs in the multibillion-dollar technology industry?
Frankly, it seems crazy and not a little troubling to me that America, a land of immigrants, makes it terribly difficult for skilled engineers, scientists and teachers who were born elsewhere to live and work here. (I feel much the same way about unskilled immigrants, but that’s another story.) Passover, in the end, didn’t make its way into the column, but a core lesson of the holiday certainly informs my view on this: “When a stranger lives with you in your land, do not oppress him. He should be treated as a regular citizen…and you shall love him as yourself, because you were strangers in the Land of Egypt.” (Vakikra 19, 33-34)
You can read the rest of the column here. Comments, as always, are welcome.