The fact that the United States has been enthusiastically welcoming low-skilled immigrants from uncivilized, Western-incompatible cultures and parts of the world is one of the great national tragedies of the past 50 years.
Not only are we importing people to compete with our own low-skilled workers, the ill-thought-out policy has consistently held down their wages as well.
But if President Trump gets his way, all that’s about to change. In his address to Congress on Tuesday night, Trump spoke of ending the current policy of extended-family chain migration and replacing it with a merit-based legal immigration system.
“Nations around the world, like Canada, Australia and many others have a merit-based immigration system. It is a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially,” Trump said. “Yet, in America, we do not enforce this rule, straining the very public resources that our poorest citizens rely upon. According to the National Academy of Sciences, our current immigration system costs America’s taxpayers many billions of dollars a year.”
“I believe that real and positive immigration reform is possible,” Trump continued, “as long as we focus on the following goals: to improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation’s security, and to restore respect for our laws.”
The “many benefits” of “switching away from this current system of lower-skilled immigration, and instead adopting a merit-based system” would include billions of dollars in cost savings, safer communities, and better wages for American workers, especially those at the bottom of the wage scale.
The following renowned immigration experts are thrilled at the possibility of a sea-change in U.S. policy –
I’m not sure that sentiment has been expressed by a President in the Capitol at any time over the last 90 years — if ever. Oh, some Presidents have given a little bit of lip service at times to the fact that illegal immigration can be unfair to American workers. But this was ground-breaking to say legal immigration is a threat to workers.
Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), wrote:
“President Trump demonstrated a studied understanding of the market forces at work that are displacing American workers and depressing working class. He also once again showed that he empathizes with the thousands of American families who have needlessly lost love ones to illegal immigrants who should not have been in the country in the first place. Acting on behalf of the American people, he has a vision for key policy changes that will address all of these problems.”
Mark Krikorian, The Center for Immigration Studies’ Executive Director, wrote:
It was important, both for policy and politics, that he included “to improve jobs and wages for Americans” in the goals of immigration reform, along with “to strengthen our nation’s security, and to restore respect for our laws.” Most illegal aliens, let alone legal immigrants, aren’t bad hombres, but the mass admission of even good hombres is bad for American workers. To flesh out that policy, it would help to see some emphasis on worksite enforcement and E-Verify, to go along with arresting and deporting criminals.
Additionally, all these experts are firmly behind Senator Tom Cotton’s RAISE Act, legislation intended to significantly cut legal immigration.
The RAISE Act and a strict merit-based immigration policy may not be cure-alls, but they are definitely steps in the right direction, if we expect to save our country.
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