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Critics say the bill is simply un-American. Tens of millions of American citizens would not be here if their German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and Scandinavian forebears had been required to speak English, have job offers, or demonstrate high-level work skills. This bill pulls up the ladder for immigrants who are most in need of opportunity.

Some critics of the bill have condemned it as both racist and classist. Giving preference to English-speaking applicants would effectively, in all likelihood, be an across-the-board leg-up for people coming from countries where English is already widely-spoken ― in other words, countries like Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, which are predominantly white, and also have strong western-style economies.
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But others say creating a merit-based system for immigrants isn't xenophobia or classism—it's just common sense. Many other developed nations, including the U.K. and Canada, employ merit-based systems to maintain healthy levels of immigration. 

It's about having a managed, structured process to benefit all Americans.

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The president pointed out that both Canada and Australia have instituted merit-based immigration systems that are considered both fair and very successful. Why must America shoulder the burden of accepting all immigrants, regardless of their benefit to the nation?

Canadians have a wholehearted belief in the merit-based immigration system, which creates a positive feedback loop.
“The advantage of our system is the people who come in — everyone agrees they’ve passed some sort of merit system,” said Ravi Pendakur, a professor of public and international affairs at the University of Ottawa. “The Canadian population in particular is more willing to buy into immigration. They can see it’s managed, and that’s an advantage.”
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Others say the bill runs completely counter to the whole idea of America. We are a nation built on the back of immigrants and we should embrace that global image. It's a betrayal of our ideals to demand immigrants to speak English and have enough money to come to America. 

We should expect more and we should demand more from our political leaders. This is not a solution.

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