Sept. 13, 2017
Cecilia Muñoz wrote for Politico about the Trump administration and immigration reform:
President Donald Trump’s immigration policies are, like much else, a confusing mix of tweets and false starts, but I took one signal clearly: He doesn’t think there’s room in our country and economy for families like mine. As I read his recent proposal to reform the legal immigration system, I found that my dad, a bilingual college-educated engineer, would be welcome, but not my mom, who never went to college and spoke little English when she accompanied my dad from Bolivia.
In this nation built on centuries of immigration, the judgments we’ve made over those centuries—about who gets to come and who doesn’t—reflect a lot of things: our economic needs, our values, the politics of the moment, and our respect for our own history. Given the dynamic nature of those judgments, it’s reasonable to do some periodic soul searching about what we want from our legal immigration system. But the Trump proposal pushes the debate toward one pole: fewer immigrants overall, fewer families and fewer “unskilled” immigrants, in exchange for those who are more “economically desirable.”