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The Case For Merit-Based Immigration Reform

Groups like FAIR want the U.S. to move away from a system that favors immigrants' family members. That's an incredibly controversial stance.
Posted at 3:18 PM, Jan 10, 2018

Immigration reform has been one of the most toxic topics in Washington, D.C., for years now. Very few deny the current system needs to be fixed, but very few critics agree on how to accomplish such a massive task. Groups like FAIR — the Federation for American Immigration Reform — want the government to give more weight to immigrant applicants who  demonstrate more initial value to the U.S. This includes the ability to speak English, higher levels of education and more.

The interview that follows features FAIR's media director, Ira Mehlman. Mehlman and Newsy's "The Why" host Chance Seales talk about the benefits and challenges of implementing any new immigration system, especially one that would so dramatically change the current system.

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