Jason Feldman, a prominent San Diego immigration attorney, says, “The misconception is that immigration Iaw is primarily about helping illegal immigrants. Not true”. Although illegal immigrants and immigration reform are receiving most of the headlines, the majority of immigration law clients entered the United States legally and wants to live and work here legally.
Immigration lawyers spend a huge proportion of their time representing employers who want to hire foreign nationals, individuals who want to invest in the United States and start businesses here, those who want to marry a foreigner and those with other immigration-related matters.
It is true that illegal immigration has become the elephant in the room. “Reform” covers what to do with all the illegal immigrants who are here already, the limits on skilled workers and the per country limits. Public discussions of illegal immigration produce many opinions pro and con.
On the “pro” side, the often-mentioned facts that illegal immigrants do many of the jobs Americans don’t want to do. They keep the price of our goods and services low. They also help keep Social Security afloat because many of them pay into the system using fake identification numbers and have no way to collect on their payments.
Limiting the entry of skilled workers does not make sense as these workers all have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and contribute positively to our society. They are typically health care professionals and software developers, areas where the U. S. has significant shortages. If an employer wants to hire skilled foreign workers, application must be made six months in advance. The cost will be in the thousands of dollars with no guarantee the employer will be matched with a worker.
On the “Con” side, illegal immigrants have violated the law. They lower wages for the Americans who would do those same jobs.
When asked what he feels will happen when all the arguments for and against play out, Attorney Jason Feldman said, in an interview with the San Diego Professional Journal, “I think something positive will come out of it (Immigration Reform) by allowing more skilled workers and reducing the time frame from application to hiring. It also makes sense that those here illegally start to pay taxes”.
There should not be restrictions on skilled workers and certainly none on workers with a Master’s Degree or higher. If companies in the United States can’t get the workers they need, they open overseas offices and other countries than the United States get the economic benefits. As one example of this, Bill Gates testified before Congress that he couldn’t get the skilled workers he needed. Congress didn’t listen so Gates opened an office in Canada and hired the workers he needed there.
Many companies have started to outsource to India and other places because there are not enough U.S. visas available for the workers they need. If companies could bring the foreign nationals into the U.S., the money would stay in the United States and benefit the economy.
There has been support along these same lines from the American Immigration Lawyers Association and from Cyrus Mehta, founder of another prestigious law firm active in the immigration field.
Where do you suppose all this will end? Or will it?
Jason Feldman’s law office, Feldman Feldman and Associates is located at 2221 Camino Del Rio South #201, San Diego, CA 92108, phone 619-299-9600.
American Immigration Lawyers Association can be seen http://www.aila.org/
Cyrus Mehta of the New York law firm Cyrus D Mehta & Associates views can be seen http://www.cyrusmehta.com/
See other articles about Mr. Feldman at CNN http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1086492 and in Press Releases by PRBuzz https://www.prbuzz.com/business-entrepreneur/208817