Trump introduces new bill to slash away at legal immigrants.


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Re: Trump introduces new bill to slash away at legal immigrants.
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2017, 07:38:42 PM »
The bill would create a point system based on factors such as English ability, education levels and job skills to rank applicants for the 140,000 employment-based green cards distributed annually.
Their proposal calls for reductions­ to family-based immigration programs, cutting off avenues for the siblings and adult children of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to apply for green cards. Minor children and spouses would still be able to apply.

A merit-based immigration policy is perfectly reasonable, and is how most other Western countries manage their immigration. Gone are the days where we needed vast amounts of unskilled workers, and that trend will only increase as automation becomes more and more sophisticated. Why on earth wouldn't we give priority to people who have skills we need?

Giving a priority to English-speaking applicants also makes sense. English is the most common second language in the world. It's the language of international business, finance, science, technology, medicine... everything. Additionally, assimilation of immigrants has become increasingly more challenging than in years past because of the Internet, cable TV, and cheaper tickets to visit home. English is not the USA's official language, but it's our common language, and it helps if people coming here can speak it. This should not be the only basis by which we prioritize people, but it should be a factor.

A lottery is just silly, and I can't think of a single reason why we should have one, any more than Harvard University should have a lottery to let in random applicants. We are in a buyer's market. We have more people who want to come in than we have space for. We can be selective.

A policy that allows immigrants to bring their spouses and children is humane and just. A policy that brings in adult family members who may not have otherwise qualified is unnecessary. Adult applicants should be treated as individuals.

There is no magic number of immigrants we need per year. This number can and should change based on the country's needs.

Again, these are policies that every other Western nation has, to one extent or another.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2017, 08:50:35 PM by MTL76 »

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