President Trump would like to stop family-based legal immigration, which is the long-standing practice of allowing immigrants already residing in our country to bring very limited numbers of close family members here. In its place, he would like to install a “merit-based” legal immigration policy which favors educated, highly-skilled immigrants. In effect, he would like to welcome those who have already achieved success and are feeling entitled because they are better off than those who are still hungry to succeed and driven to do so if given the opportunity.
If these two policies had been in effect in the 19th and 20th centuries, I would not be here, you would not be here. And neither would Donald Trump…or virtually all of his base. And to add indignity to ingratitude, we treat new immigrants today as badly as our ancestors were treated when they first arrived.
As the late columnist Doug Larson once said: “A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.” How easily we forget.
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