Dream solution
Jan 17, 2018 | 1010 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

“Dreamers” face a March 5th deadline for Congress to decide if they can stay in the U.S. The House and Senate are deadlocked on this issue, but a simple compromise between Democrats and President Donald Trump's GOP allies would allow 800,000 DACA recipients to remain here.

A majority of them meet the criteria for the RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) Act that Trump and other Republicans support.

It gives preference to English-speaking immigrants with valuable jobs skills and a solid education. If Congress restores DACA, it must also pass the RAISE Act so all future immigrants will meet the

same criteria.

Canada and Australia, who are committed to diversity, use a merit-based immigration system. Why can't we?

Under our current chain migration system, two-thirds of all new immigrants in 2017 were given green cards based on family ties in the U.S. Only 13 percent received permanent resident status under an employment-based preference category.

RAISE will reverse this ratio and replace accommodation with assimilation, making

America a melting pot again.


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills
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