LTE: Stephen Miller, Charlottesville and Hitler Youth

Published on August 25th, 2017

Letter to the Editor
Ben Zuckerman
August 24, 2017
As seen in:
Jewish Journal

Eshman’s column in support of continued high levels of legal immigration — due largely to so-called “family reunification” — misses many important reasons why U.S. immigration policies should be changed. Here are two such reasons.
Giving preferential admittance to extended family members of people already legally in the U.S. is discriminatory. Current immigration policy greatly favors people who have relatives who have recently immigrated to the U.S.; for many years now this would mean people coming from Latin America and various East-Asian countries. The policy strongly discriminates against people living in Africa, Europe, Pacifica and much of Asia. This is patently unfair. Even more important, in my opinion, is the sheer number of immigrants legally admitted. With business-as-usual population growth, by 2050 or so, California will be as densely populated as China. For many years, California’s rapid population growth essentially has been due entirely to immigration and the U.S.-born offspring of immigrants.

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