Immigrants Needed on US World Cup Team: 12 Reasons Why (Skilled Labor Shortage, Soccer)

Immigrants Needed on US World Cup Team: 12 Reasons Why (Skilled Labor Shortage, Soccer)

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Why are immigrants needed in America?  One might not look any further than the soccer field.

Half of the American World Cup Team would not be playing without sensible immigration laws.

In fact this whole scenario reminds me of Henry Cejudo, the youngest American wrestler to win Olympic Gold.

Cejudo, who brought a gold medal home from China in 2008, is the son of a hard working Mexican mom.

If you think, “how much are immigrants needed?” then take a quick look at the United States World Cup team.

Half of the 2014 US roster was either born in another country or the child of immigrants.

  1. Jozy Altidore: Both his mother and father were born in Haiti.
  2. Tim Howard: His mom is from Hungary.
  3. Aron Johannsson:  His parents are Icelandic.
  4. Mix Diskerud: He was born in Norway.
  5. Omar Gonzalez: Both of his parents were born in Mexico.
  6. Alejandro Bedoya: His father was born in Colombia.
  7. Nick Rimando: His father is Filipino. His mother is Mexican.


  1. John Brooks
  2. Timmy Chandler
  3. Julian Green
  4. Jermaine Jones
  5. Fabian Johnson

All five of these American soccer stars were born in Germany or are the sons of German parents.

So, if this microcosm of America is so important on the World Cup fields, then are immigrants needed in many other areas?

Of course.

In nearly twenty years exclusively practicing immigration law, I have personally seen thousands of immigrants needed in skilled and unskilled labor. Not to mention the highly educated folks working in medicine and related health care industries. Or other sciences and technology.

In fact, 50 percent of PhDs working in math and computer science occupations are from other countries.  57 percent of PhDs working in engineering are foreign nationals.

That’s just a few of the reasons why the answer is “yes” to the question: “are immigrants needed?”

Written by: Harlan York

Immigration Attorney Harlan York is Former Chair, Immigration Section, NJ State Bar Association and Former Co-Chair, NY State Bar Association CFLS Immigration Committee. Mr. York appeared on National Television on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Primer Impacto on Univision, as well as Telemundo, NBC, and PBS. He was honored as First Ever Immigration Lawyer of The Year in NJ by Best Lawyers.

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