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Little Merit in Trump’s Latest Immigration View

Just because a policy invokes the word “merit” does not make it meritorious.
Donald Trump’s call Tuesday night for a “merit-based” immigration system is not new; indeed, it is already part of our immigration law. It’s been promoted for years by some Republicans, Democrats and, most notably, employers in Silicon Valley.
It is the type of thinking that seems, on the surface, to make good sense, but is, in fact, a bastardization of America’s core values.
“It’s a basic principle that those seeking to enter a country ought to be able to support themselves financially,” Trump ...


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