Tuesday, November 29, 2005

An odd profession

I was reading VS Naipul's first book Among the Believers and I ran into an odd testament to the infectious side of Capitalism. Palistan is on of many countries that survives in part due to remitances from foriegn workers. Mexico and the Phillipinnes also have similar economies. Rather then make their economies functional Pakistan has an immigration district much like our business districts in NYC.

Capitalism will flourish if left alone but there seems to be something sinister in nthis enterprise. Naipul also describes the professional affidavit men that my coworkers laugh about. India, Pakistan and Bangladesh keep poor records so we must often rely on these dubious affidavits. They seem to be written by the same hand. No doubt many Americans do avail themselves of legal help when preparing legal documents but they do appear different.

The question should also be why we continue to allow floods of immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh two countries with no US ties and no prospect of developing key trade. Those slots should be reserved for religious refugees from those countries and sadly I see them daily.

Beamish in 08

4 comments:

Always On Watch said...

The question should also be why we continue to allow floods of immigrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh two countries with no US ties and no prospect of developing key trade. Those slots should be reserved for religious refugees from those countries...
You've made this point before, and I totally agree.

Naipul also describes the professional affidavit men that my coworkers laugh about. India, Pakistan and Bangladesh keep poor records so we must often rely on these dubious affidavits.
I don't know specifically about Pakistan and Bangladesh, but a friend of mine who tried to assist the Indian government with transpotation plans told me, years ago, that ALL record-keeping there is piss-poor. He said that the system was so corrupt that nothing he tried to do was of any help. He came home very disappointed because he had wanted to spend some of his retirement years in charitable service in a Third World nation.

Kyle said...

Well, In general I would say we need a top to bottom overhaul of our intire immigration system and a debate on just what sort of workers and what sort of people we need here.
Right off the bat I would say "Zero immigration from nations who export or harbor terrorists" but thats just me.

Jason_Pappas said...

France has just changed its immigration policy: yahoo news. Imagine that! France's taking the lead! Like I said, don't rule out Europe acting first and being tough.

Speaking of getting tough: "Beamish in '08!!!" Now that's tough!

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

I can conquer the world in the first 100 days of my Presidency.