A New Policy and Old Fallacy: MERIT

When the White House unveiled a new plan for immigration reform last month it was treated as empty rhetoric by legislators on both sides of the aisle. Calling for a reduction of family based immigration to half of what it is today and increasing skill-based immigration from 12 to 57 percent, this proposal will surely have the opposite of its purported desired effect.  Why?  Most family-based immigration is of the parents of U.S. citizen children and half of family-based immigration is by college educated applicants anyway. Calling for a reduction of family based immigration to half of what it is today and increasing skill-based immigration from 12 to 57 percent, this proposal will surely have the opposite of its purported desired effect.  Why?  Most family-based immigration is of the parents of U.S. citizen children and half of family-based immigration is by college educated applicants anyway.

Of course the proposal also reduces humanitarian immigration in half. That is to be expected from an administration whose deplorable detentions pack people into holding cells like packaged meat and whose family separation policies leave children to die alone, alienated and afraid. This is evidence enough that this White House does not value human life.

The plan also fails to address the real problem of millions of undocumented people already living in the U.S. or soon to be undocumented persons, thanks to Trump’s discontinuance programs such as TPS. The plan just touts “merit” as the only way of accessing the American Dream for non-native born individuals. What is this “merit” based on?

Is “merit” based on where people come from? Probably, considering that Trump describes certain countries as little more than excrement. Remember that.  Or is “merit” based on education and personal achievement?  Nah. Why study when it can be bought? Our recent education scandals point to the true American merit-system. By the way, how can 70% of high school graduates enroll in college when only 37% of them are college ready? Really? Oh… they pay. And didn’t Trump do the same? Pay to get into college? Yes, he did.

Oh “merit” what art thou? Alexander Pope once wrote, “…Fondly we think we honor merit then, when we but praise ourselves in other men…” Those words pronounced over 200 years ago ring true today.  Let us be honest. Trump values people like himself. Only those who, look, act and think like him would have enough “merit” in his eyes to immigrate to the U.S. Is that the type of country we want? No, of course not. That would be resoundingly un-American.

By The Immigration Post – Chief Editor

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