David Heinemeier Hansson:
When the geography of labour ceases to be an important part of production, attempts to keep foreign workers out of a country become counterproductive. Workers who stay remote will be subject to remote expenses. If those are lower, it’s harder to compete.
We spend a lot of time in our country debating immigration policies and more. 37signals, however has proven that remote software development not only can work, but will only get better with improved tools and communication processes.
In the coming years, it will matter less and less where you are, and simply that you’re really amazing. Companies will be able to hire the best employees anywhere, not just in their cities.
At that point, immigration becomes a moot point. As a matter of fact, it may be in both employees’ and companies’ best interest that they live somewhere less expensive.