Chancellor Angela Merkel's criticism that multiculturalism has failed sparked an open row in her government on Tuesday over whether Germany should take in more skilled immigrants that industry says it needs urgently.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere dismissed calls from three other cabinet ministers who had argued that Germany should relax its rules on immigrants because the country is facing a worsening shortage of skilled labor.
"Everyone comes up with proposals without understanding the situation -- the existing laws are flexible enough," said de Maiziere, a leading conservative voice in Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), referring to demands from other ministers.
"Employers who need skilled workers should go out in the world and recruit them -- and then we'll help them with the immigration. The other way around won't work."
She is right. The way she got there is strange (thought people would come to Germany and then leave) but the lack of willingness to aclimate to the culture, learn the language, the customs, the traditions and follow the laws of the land cause the immigrants to always and forever to be on the fringe of the society they are living in (no matter which country it is) Move here LEGALLY and then become a citizen in every way. Otherwise, the immigrant has never really cut the ties with the "mother country" and never really accepts the "new" country. The immigrant is always in limbo.
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