Governor-Elect Schwarzenegger is apparently causing a few overwrought individuals to consider repealing the native born requirement for US President. I think that restriction is a fine one, even though I favor immigration.
Among other things, it means selecting for those who are willing to commit to this country enough to raise children here. It increases the focus on family and continuity rather than attracting political adventurers. It’s hard to view as oppresive to immigrants that they can, in their own lifetime, go from an obscure weight lifter to nationally recognized icon and chief executive of a state that’s larger than most countries on the planet.
Moreover, I wouldn’t want any immigrants who came here looking for a political career. I prefer ones that are willing to get real jobs.