Would You Be Eligible to Immigrate to the United States?

Eligible to immigrate to the United StatesThis morning I saw something on the timeline of a Facebook friend and I thought it was a joke. He asked us all whether we’re eligible to immigrate to the United States. I laughed. Why would I have to immigrate? I grew up in the U.S. and I live in Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. colony. I am a citizen. It’s a moot point.

Then I read further: Find Out if President Trump Would Let You Immigrate to America was the title of the Time Magazine article. It was real. I took it and the results annoyed me but I wasn’t shocked, actually. I posted it on my own Facebook timeline and wondered, would you be eligible to immigrate to the United States? I posted my results and showed everyone that despite living in the United States for 42 years (I wasn’t born in the U.S., but my parents were and therefore I am a U.S. citizen), I would not be eligible to immigrate to the United States.

From the article: “The Republican-backed proposal, which would significantly reduce the number of people allowed to legally immigrate to America, would weigh each person’s age, education, English ability, job offer salary, investments and even whether the person has an Olympic medal. The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, or RAISE Act, favors people between the ages of 26 and 30 with a doctorate, high English proficiency and a job offer with a high salary. Applicants would need at least 30 points to be eligible to apply for a visa under the proposal, and the fastest way to get there is to have received a Nobel Prize or comparable international award, which gives applicants a head start of 25 points. Applicants with the highest number of points would go to the front of the line to receive visas.”

Of course there are many—both Agent Orange supporters and like me, who loathe him—who would probably not be too distraught if immigration quotas to the United States fell. I am not one of them—I come from immigrants on both sides: Europe, Africa and Asia. But even if you support this proposal, how many people do you know who are Nobel Prize Laureates? I know one person who is. One. So I know one person who would be eligible to immigrate to the United States. One.

Again, whether you voted for Trump or not, or perhaps in particular if you voted for Trump, you would probably not be eligible to immigrate to the United States.

Would You Be Eligible To Immigrate to the United States?

I took it twice. The first time I said I did not have a job offer, the second time I said I did because I own my own business and so in theory I do have a job offer. The first time I got 15 out of 30.

Would you be eligible to immigrate to the United States

The second time I got 20 out of 30.

Would you be eligible to immigrate to the United States

I asked many people to take it and the results are crazy! If my cousin, who’s a university professor, along with friends and other family members who are social workers, lawyers, teachers, doctors, nurses and CEOs of companies aren’t eligible to immigrate to the United States, I take comfort in known that neither is Agent Orange himself eligible to immigrate to the United States.

Have you taken it? I’d love to know your results. Are you eligible to immigrate to the United States?

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Published on: August 8, 2017

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