In today’s interconnected world, news doesn’t stop at the border. Every week, Latitude News brings you three stories from the U.S. regional press that drive that point home.
American workers just aren’t good enough for Microsoft, the Seattle Times reports. For each of the next ten years, the American economy is estimated to add around 120,000 computer-related jobs requiring higher education. But our universities are only expected to produce half the necessary number of qualified people.
Microsoft currently has 6,000 unfilled job offerings. But Congress is loath to increase any kind of immigration — even for skilled workers — especially during election season. So the Seattle-based software giant has offered to pay the federal government millions of dollars to be able to hire more foreigners on H-1B worker visas. Microsoft says the U.S. can then invest that money in training American workers.
“It’s a problem that’s approaching dimensions of a genuine crisis,” Microsoft’s general counsel told reporters in Washington D.C.
Is the term “illegal immigrant” offensive?
Speaking of a crisis, what about foreigners who enter the country illegally? ABC Univision writes that a speech by the “illegal” immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas has caused major American media outlets like The New York Times and the Associated Press to rethink their use of the term.
Entering the county illegally is, after all, a civil offense, not a criminal one. Do we risk dehumanizing those who are willing to break the law to become American by applying the term to them?
The Times’ public editor polled readers asking whether its writers should continue using the term “illegal” or whether they should switch to “undocumented,” the term Vargas is promoting. Of the 280 who responded, most thought there was nothing wrong with the current terminology.
But ABC Univision decided to informally poll the people to whom the language is actually applied. Many of the 377 immigrants who replied said the term “illegal” is deeply upsetting.
Explains Felipe Sousa-Rodrigues, a 25-year old born in Brazil who now lives in Tampa:
‘Illegal’ is a word that robs us from our humanity. This is a word that describes objects, and it should never be used to refer to human beings. I’m ‘undocumented’ because the only thing that I’m missing to fully participate in my community is a piece of paper. My family and I are humans, your neighbors, co-workers and community leaders.
American Muslims rally against anti-Islam film in Detroit
The incredibly offensive, incredibly cheesy film “Innocence of Muslims” hasn’t just offended followers of Islam around the world: it’s also angered American Muslims.
The Detroit Free Press reports that about 300 hundred local Muslims gathered in the town of Canton this weekend to protest the low-budget flick peacefully and without incident. It’s the fourth protest this month. More are expected in the month of October.
Some demonstrators held signs with messages like “My prophet is my honor” and “We love our prophet.” A local imam spoke to the crowd, condemning the violence that has turned many protests against the film around the world into anti-American orgies of flag-burning and violence.
“This film is wrong,” Aisha Rehman, a 19-year old from Canton, tells the Free Press. But “we should be protesting peacefully. I want to show other Muslims, this is the way we should show our disapproval.”