3:45 PM EDT, July 12, 2012
Regarding Susan Reimer's recent column about Hugh Hefner's Canadian girlfriend, when the creator of "Frisky Friday," a Twitter meme featuring women in naughty poses, can be granted an O-1 visa for her "extraordinary ability," it demonstrates just what a disaster our immigration policy really is ("Hef's playmate hops across border," July 9).
Considering today's high unemployment, it's shameful theU.S. State Departmentcontinues to create so many ways for outsiders to take American jobs.
I've attended a number of Occupy Baltimore events where a major complaint of the "occupiers" is the lack of employment opportunities. Yet the State Department goes on creating new visas that undercut jobs for U.S. citizens.
There's no reason why more than 100,000 workers need to be imported to fill summer jobs in places like Ocean City. And it's obscene the moguls of Silicon Valley refuse to recruit American college graduates. And once these foreign visa holders get here they put down roots and refuse to leave — making it even harder for American job seekers.
We need to set up a visa system that has a beginning, a middle and an enforced end — whether it's for picking tomatoes or creating naughty social media events.
Today's world is on the move, but it's always in one direction — with the United States, of course, being the candy jar of choice. Any government that fails to defend the well-being of its own citizens first has violated the social contract. But until Americans recognize just how we're being ripped off, nothing will change.
There are plenty of extraordinarily skilled Americans; unfortunately, our government doesn't seem to care much about them.
Rosalind Ellis, Baltimore
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