24 January 2010

The best way to help poor people around the world

Hire them.
Washington Post | Michael Clemens | To help Haiti's earthquake victims, change U.S. immigration laws

Haiti already gets close to $2 billion per year — about a third of its income — in cash remittances from its citizens living abroad. That's nearly 100 times as much as generous Americans have donated to Haiti via their cellphones. And unlike foreign aid, remittances go directly to families.
By the way, you can hire poor foreign workers indirectly, without them having to relocate here. Just buy non-American made products.

Yes, I realize many of you think the American working man deserves our support. I agree. I just think that workers on the far side of arbitrary lines on the globe also deserve our support.

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