I met an immigrant couple today. They came here from Ireland after winning the visa lottery. Played it for 14 years before winning because it was a lifelong dream of theirs to come to the US.
These are highly educated, extremely employable people, high-earners, obviously no language barrier, extremely culturally compatible. Initially, they landed in NYC but the dream had always been to live in the small-town Midwest, so now they are here. Happy as clams.
We could have had these people here 13 years sooner and paying their taxes here and not in Ireland if the US immigration system were like the Canadian.
I fail to see the downside. We should be embracing the switch and running away with it like crazy. If this blue-wave Congress weren’t utterly idiotic, it’d be using this as a major legislative achievement that would be massively popular with voters. But for all their quasi-socialist rhetoric, they don’t give a toss about voters. They just want to please their rich donors who need cheap serfs. And the couple from Ireland are not that. They just got their citizenship. Who do you think they’ll vote for?