Trump Plans on Copying Canada’s Immigration System
President Trump has mentioned various times that he intends to reform the U.S.’s immigration system and that he wants it to be like Canada’s immigration system. However, this is not that easy because the United States and Canada are two different nations that deal with different issues. Canada happens to have a more selective immigration system that puts a heavier emphasis on professional expertise. According to the Huffington Post,
In the U.S., about two-thirds of permanent residents are admitted to reunite with family members. Less than 20 percent are admitted because of their professional skills. In Canada, by contrast, it’s almost the opposite: more than 60 percent of permanent residents are admitted via the economy class, and only a quarter are admitted because of family reunification.
Canada has an immigration system that is based on a point system that takes into account an applicant’s level of education, age, language proficiency, and professional expertise. However, Canada’s system would be hard to implement in the United States because the United States has a much larger undocumented immigrant problem and more of a need for low-skilled labor. The estimated number of undocumented people in Canada is between 20,000 and 200,000; where as the United States has an undocumented population of more than 11 million people. The United States is also more divisive when it comes to immigration reform, which would make it difficult to implement some of Canada’s immigration system. We will have to wait and see what becomes of the immigration system and if any reforms are even made.
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