It would be nice if Congress held a public debate on the desirability of expanding or contracting merit-based immigration in relation to family reunification immigration. In particular the costs associated with family reunification immigration should get a full airing. Today’s taxpayers are on the hook for SSI, Medicaid, housing, other miscellaneous benefits and such for persons arriving under family reunification after the two-year sponsorship period expires. Many of these people get benefits exceeding those of native born Social Security beneficiaries but have never contributed into US social service funds. Something’s not right here.
The fact that Donald Trump is incapable of making economic arguments on immigration is just par for the course.