What does the “merit” in merit-based immigration mean? Depends on whom you ask.
One of the cornerstones of President Trump's vision for America is reducing the flow of immigrants into the country. He wants to cut legal immigration by about 500,000 people a year over the next five decades – a 44% reduction. He also touts an immigration system based on merit, but just what does merit mean?
Carson joined Stateside to discuss the history of merit-based immigration; the Canadian system of immigration, which President Trump often points to as an example the U.S. should follow; the role of chain migration in U.S. immigration policy and Trump’s threats to it; and the importance of having a conversation on how to define "merit."