Immigration is good for you. Yes, you.

From a recent thread on Hacker News about Sergey Brin's donations to the society that helped bring him to America: Immigration is fine, as long as it's an even playing field. The problem is that immigration right now is treated as a source of cheap labor by the companies. The policy needs to be that if you come to this country, you are officially an American, and should be paid a proper wage. Instead of being forced to work 60 hours a week for $30K. This way companies won't get to drive down salaries by just importing a bunch of Indians to work for slave wages. Call it Patriot Wage Freedom Act. Which would make it a form of discrimination to pay less than fair wage for employees based on their immigrant status. You make it illegal for companies to pay $10/hour for a C++ developer with 10 years experience in California and you can import as many programmers as you wish. Even playing field my ass. This kind of stuff really makes me angry. Do you think when millions of starving Irish refugees turned up...
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