This is not a post about illegal immigration (so calm down. lol). This is a gripe about the limitations imposed by the nonsense that is our current immigration system. I have always thought that as an employer I should hire the most qualified people available, regardless of race, gender, or whatever. That is the smart as well as correct thing to do.
One of the best ways to differentiate your company from others that provide similar services is by having the best people working for you. This is getting harder and harder to do because we are all hiring out of the same limited labor pool. I fundamentally oppose affirmative action in the workplace or in education and it’s starting to feel to me that our convoluted immigration system is pretty much an affirmative action program for the country at large, specifically unqualified and/or lazy people.
When I have commented in the past about the difficulties of hiring qualified people that are willing to work manual labor jobs, regardless of pay, there are many good-intentioned suggestions that we should check into hiring paroled criminals, people living in halfway houses and rehab centers, busing in and housing people from other parts of the country, etc., etc.
So, basically instead of hiring qualified, hardworking, skilled, ambitious immigrants, I should bend over backward to hire people whose only qualification may be their citizenship. In my view that seems more like stupidity than patriotism.