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Skilled immigrants fleeing the U.S.

July 28th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Skilled immigrants fleeing the U.S.

Lured by the prospect of climbing to the top of his field, New Delhi native Swaroop Ganguly came to the U.S. 10 years ago and earned a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005.

He became an expert in an emerging technology called spintronics, used to power semiconductors, and worked at several chip companies, including Freescale Semiconductor. But Ganguly, now 32, is moving back to India this summer.

Although he has been doing postdoctoral work at the University of Texas, he figures his prospects for research and professional development are probably better in his home country. “I feel quite excited about going back,” he says.

Ganguly has already accepted a job as a professor of electrical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. The position will pay a fraction of the salary he had been earning in the private sector—about $15,000 compared with $100,000—but it will offer considerably more job security and the freedom to do the exploratory research he wants to do.

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Skilled immigrants fleeing the U.S.

Adios, good-bye, best of luck, hope ya like your new life in Mumbai.

I guess the cost of living must be a lot different in India, an $85K pay cut? So he can have job security? And the freedom to do the exploratory research he wants to do? OK, if all else fails he can be an online technician for Dell, ‘Thank you for calling Dell Tech Support, how may we wreck your computer today?’

The departure of top talent in technology and science may also undercut the prospects for a recovery in the U.S., many economists say. These immigrants often start companies and come up with technological breakthroughs, creating new job opportunities for all.

Alright, here is where I begin to exhibit that really BAD TexasFred attitude I am so well known for. The U.S. economy will recover when U.S. companies stop outsourcing everything and return to American made, quality made and good old fashioned American pride. That, and a union busting like none ever seen before.

And another point of contention, maybe these immigrants do often start companies and come up with technological breakthroughs, creating new job opportunities for all, big deal. If they hire cheap labor, or even worse, outsource their business to 3rd world holes in the earth simply to enjoy a better profit margin, there’s no real advantage to these businesses being in existence in this nation to begin with.

The Obama Administration has said it will push for comprehensive immigration reform later this year, but it’s unclear if any legislation will pass or how it would affect skilled immigrants. One unresolved issue is how to define a “skilled” immigrant.

Obama is one of the primary reasons the HUGE downturn in the economy happened. He didn’t do it all, he sure didn’t do it by himself. George Bush started it with his ridiculous bailout. Obama just followed suit and then proceeded to give away every dollar we have in the treasury.

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