Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Immigration proposal has merit but still is DOA

At USA Today

For far too long, the key to immigrating legally to the United States has not been job skills or evidence that an immigrant is likely to be productive and succeed. It’s having a family member who’s already in America legally.

In 2015, 65% of the immigrants granted green cards, which bestow lawful permanent residence, were relatives of U.S. citizens or other legal residents — a trend that that goes back five decades. And it’s not just spouses and minor children, but a stream of adult siblings and children, all of whom have family members of their own who can then qualify for entry.

Now two Republican senators, in a measure introduced last week and championed by President Trump, would change this system in a way that makes sense, by focusing more on merit and less on family ties.

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