To The Editor:
Dreamers face a March 5 deadline for Congress to decide if they can stay in the United States. 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 job 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 United States, notes the Department of Homeland Security. Only 13 percent got 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. Louisiana’s former Gov. Bobby Jindal, the son of Indian immigrants, said: “Immigration without assimilation is an invasion.” He also warned that “the ultimate alternative to assimilation is annihilation.”
Kew Gardens Hills