Doesn’t This Make Sure We’re Only Admitting the Best of the Best?

Nope. For decades, our immigration laws have balanced family unity, economic, and humanitarian considerations. We know this balanced approach works: Overall, immigrants who have been admitted under our longstanding rules are more likely to be entrepreneurs and hold advanced degrees. They create millions of jobs, and add billions to the GDP.

There’s also a very basic issue of American values. Generations have come here with nothing but the clothes on their back. Through hard work and a belief in the American Dream, they and their descendants became small business owners; teachers; and caregivers; our neighbors and our friends. If this policy had been in place, they would have been judged and excluded based on where they were starting out at. That’s not America.