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‘Offshoring’ jobs concept is dubious

David Briceno wrote a well-researched column (“Offshoring jobs hurt economy,” Other Voices, Feb. 15). However, the concept that “offshoring” jobs may solve America’s immigration problem by raising Third World living standards seems dubious.

Long-term First World living standards requires freedom, justice, education, and rational thinking. Third World countries are usually burdened with despotic controlling oligarchies, religious irrationality (usually promoting high birth rates), and poor educational systems. They are doomed to poverty. Even wealthy countries such as Saudi Arabia would become Third World overnight if the oil plug was pulled.

The Muslim world is doomed to poverty because of religion. Latin America is doomed by religious-inspired overpopulation, dictators, and entrenched, corrupt oligarchies. Africa’s problems are so endemic it may take generations to come out of poverty. As China allows more freedom, they are showing signs of rising out of Third World status. Immigration from Third World to First World will only stop when new philosophies are adopted. The freedom and rapid dissemination of internet information may help.

The answer for America is to strictly control immigration. Unfortunately, the strange bedfellows of the welfare state and the business community are encouraging open borders on the backs of the middle class.

Michael Schwalm

Penn Valley

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