How TRUMP’S New ‘Merit-Based’ Immigration Reform Will Make America Stronger

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Citizens protest illegal immigration. | Photo credit PanAm Post

Immigration reform remains a top priority for President Trump in 2018. He knows that allowing immigrants, from any country, unfettered access to the U.S. is illogical and unsafe. Unlike those put forth by his predecessors, Trump’s merit-based plan for immigration is reasonable, measured, and fair to American citizens.

Early last year, the president announced that the muddled H-1b visa program would be indefinitely suspended. The intended purpose of the program was to allow companies to temporarily bring in highly-skilled foreign workers to fill jobs Americans allegedly didn’t want.

But that wasn’t what was happening.

Instead, major corporations like Disney were bringing in cheap labor and firing American workers. Making matters worse, terminated workers were forced to train the people essentially stealing their jobs.

As it stands currently, many immigrants to the country have little to no education or job skills and they rely heavily on welfare to sustain their life in America. A problem that more often than not leaves hard-working taxpayers on life support.

The U.S. used a similar system to the one Trump is developing back in the 1950’s. Only back then, the results of a literacy test determined an applicants eligibility to enter the country. As time passed, thanks to democratic influences, the immigration system transformed into a “family-focused” program.

The good news is that a merit-based system will change that. This type of plan encourages immigration from the best and brightest individuals who will make contributions to the economy thereby improving wages for everyone.

Why it Works

Example of a merit-based immigration form. | Photo credit Bipartisan Policy Center

A merit-based system, allows fewer people to immigrate to the U.S. And those entering the country will not be in competition with American workers. Unlike the system in place now, candidates must meet strict education, job skill, and literacy requirements. This serves to weed out those who would be an economic burden to taxpayers.

Canada and Australia are proof that Trump’s changes will work. For example, in Canada, the “Federal Skilled Worker” system awards 25 points for a PhD and 23 for a Master’s degree. The country only admits immigrants who score higher than 67 points.

Critics of the proposed system have posited that Trump’s system unfairly targets poor and low-skilled immigrants. They also claim the president exaggerates the financial burden of these immigrants. However, much to their chagrin, a report from the Center for Immigration Reform prove their assertions to be inaccurate.