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Why protectionism can be disastrous for US

Text: Vivek Wadhwa

April 24, 2009

By erecting immigration barriers to protect knowledge workers, the US is resurrecting a ghost of the Depression-era Smoot-Hawley tariff.

As unemployment rises and the recession deepens, advocating skilled immigration has become fraught with risk.

In the past two months, Kauffman Foundation has published two of my reports outlining how US immigration policy is chasing away talented foreigners who had previously served as a backbone for US science innovation.

I have received more than 1,000 e-mails attacking me for my views and disparaging my race and heritage. Some have threatened to do me harm.

Image: An American flag flutters in the wind as a bird flies past. | Photograph: Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters

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