Kate sends me a Foreign Policy article with that title (here) and the subtitle "Why America should swap its retirees, patients, and students for skilled immigrant labor." The article is much better than the subtitle suggests and talks a lot about studying, retiring, and getting medical care abroad where our dollars go farther (along with the usual high skill immigration pitch). That's all great stuff. I wasn't sure about it at first glance, though. Here's our email exchange...she's a funny gal:
Daniel: "holy shit - do I want to read past the headline and subtitle?
thank god our families got in back when immigration policy didn't pick and choose "desirables" so much. mine sure weren't all that skilled when they came over.
[a little later]
OK reading the first paragraph it's a little better than it sounds :)
going to school abroad, retiring in sunny latin america, etc.
still... I hate this "lets accept only the best and brightest" narrative
Kate: mine were obviously geniuses. potatoes don't just grow themselves