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It is written that imposing an immigration fee "would attract young, skilled, and ambitious immigrants who gain a lot both monetarily and in other ways from coming to America, including better opportunities for their children". However, it seems that, in order for this approach to work, the gains associated to immigration to the USA have to be substantially higher than the gains associated to immigration to another developped country (e.g. Canada, Germany, UK). Otherwise, wouldn't the fee be discouraging immigration? For example, I think of a young researcher who is looking for a job in academia. Given the opportunity to work in an American research institute, and pay the fee, or work in Europe, without a fee, he would probably choose the latter option.
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