JULIANNE MALVEAUX

(TriceEdneyWire.com)—In the same week that it was revealed that the Department of Injustice is spearheading attacks on affirmative action, our 45th President indicated his support for legislation that would drastically revive our nation’s immigration policy.  Instead of providing immigration opportunities to the families of people who are legal residents of our country, the pending legislation would create a “merit based” system for immigration.

According to legislation sponsored by Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, applicants for legal immigration earn points based on education, high-paying job offers, entrepreneurial ability (including the ability to invest in the U.S.), high-achievement—Nobel Prize winners are welcome, and age (bring on the young).  Presently, about a million people are granted green cards, but the Cotton-Perdue legislation would cut the number by half within a decade.  And the “diversity lottery” that admits 50,000 people each year, would be eliminated.  A significant number of African immigrants, among others, are admitted through the diversity lottery.

The Cotton-Perdue legislation provides affirmative action for wealthy immigrants.  If you have a high-paying job offer, or money to invest, or entrepreneurial ability, you’ve got a better chance of getting in than if you are a high-school grad who would be sponsored by her sibling. Why is this affirmative action? Because affirmative action says that when all else is equal, you choose a preference for a certain group.  In higher education, the preference—all else equal—is for those who have been historically excluded and systematically discriminated against.  When affirmative action policies were initially developed they were designed to favor African Americans and other underrepresented minorities.  In practical terms, White women have often been the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action, especially in the workplace.

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