The deadline for companies to present their border wall proposal to the Trump administration was Wednesday. Meanwhile, others argue that moving toward a merit-based system for legal immigration would be better. Facebook comments are edited for clarity and grammar:
You’re either here legally or you’re not. Not hard to understand, even for liberals. Why don’t immigrants come legally?
— Bob Frankl
Wouldn’t it be nice if the greatest country in the history of mankind actually produced high-skilled laborers, so we didn’t have to import them from developing countries that need them more than us?
— Paul Hackett
I think we need less immigration all the way around. We need to end chain migration, birthright citizenship and the lottery, and bring only those who are truly in need. As far as those coming to America for an education, they need to return home after they’re done and help make their country better.
Canada has had a merit-based immigration system. It makes perfect sense to do the same here.
— James John
Our own citizens should have the opportunity to be hired first for whatever jobs are available, before we allow foreign workers to come here for employment. At the present time, companies are using H-1B visas to import foreign workers and take jobs from U.S. citizens, only to boost their bottom line. This is wrong and needs to stop!
— William Koontz
The border wall is simply a populist boondoggle. If you are a conservative, why waste billions of dollars on a project that does nothing to combat illegal immigration? Most of our undocumented immigrants don’t come across that border. Right now, more immigrants leave through that border than enter.
Let’s make rational, non-partisan decisions. Enforcing E-Verify is a good start.
— Scott Hardy
“No family should be broken up.” Send them all back together then.
— Larry Hubble
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Immigration shouldn't be all in the family: Our view
We asked our followers if they thought a border wall with Mexico would be approved and constructed under President Trump. Tweets are edited for clarity and grammar:
A border wall between Texas and Mexico won’t be built. Add border agents.
No border wall will go up. Trump will not be in office that long, he can’t even pass a bill.
I don’t know, but I hope not. Chances are slim to none, as neither the American nor the Mexican people want it.
I hope not. Why would anyone in government give him billions of dollars to build a wall that will not work?
No way. Trump will be impeached and probably jailed long before ground is broken on it.