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Should the U.S. adopt a merit-based immigration system?

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), President Trump said a merit-based immigration system is key to keeping America safe. Trump introduced the RAISE Act last year, which would scrap the current lottery system and replace it with a new system that factors in English skills, education, job offers, and age. Critics say such a system would favor already-privileged applicants and harm our economy, but supporters say we must limit immigration to skilled workers. What do you think? 🗽

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President Trump said in his CPAC speech that a merit-based immigration system would be infinitely better than the current lottery system we have now.

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Trump has consistently pushed for a merit-based immigration system and introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act last year that would introduce an immigration system that factors in English skills, education, job offers, and age. 

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Many say it's not xenophobic or racist to want a merit-based system, it's just common sense for any nation to want the best of the best to join their ranks. 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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But critics say the RAISE Act 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.

As Chris Tognotti argues in Bustle:

Some critics of the bill and of Trump's support for it have condemned it as both racist and classist, and it's not that hard to see why. 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 have strongly Western economies.
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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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If America had a merit-based system, Trump's own grandparents wouldn't have been able to come to here.

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