F.A.I.T.H in the system

To the editor:

As a Democrat and a person with a heart, I (and 70 percent of Americans, according to a recent CBS poll) want to see DACA extended, and for the creation of a path to citizenship for the roughly 3.6 million undocumented immigrants who are estimated to have been raised here since before they reached the age of consent. However, Donald Trump insists that Democrats capitulate to a few demands before he is willing to accept this common-sense idea.

So I suggest the Democrats in Congress capitulate to one of his demands. Trump has frequently cited the visa lottery program as a particular bugaboo which he cannot abide. He once described the program in the following manner:

“They have a lottery. You pick people. Do you think the country is giving us their best people? No. What kind of a system is that?

They come in by lottery. They give us their worst people, they put them in a bin, but in his hand, when he’s picking them is, really, the worst of the worst. Congratulations, you’re going to the United States. OK. What a system — lottery system.” He has also said he prefers a merit-based program, and that he opposes “chain migration” which he says allows immigrants to bring distant relatives into the country. Wow, that does sound bad. I think this is something we can give him. I suggest the following:

Under my proposal, in order to apply for a visa, which will grant potential immigrants (and their spouse and children only; not uncles, cousins, or granny) required and limited work permissions, applicants would have to possess a resume indicating education and work history meeting minimum standards. They can apply only when a visa is available as determined by the State Department, and only for a brief period (say three months at the end of each year.) To assure that the application is for the actual individual, the application must include a photo. No, make that two photos. Yeah. If the applicant has a spouse and children, a separate form would be required for each member of the family. Applicants should provide birth certificate copies, as well as their entire academic history, government reference letters, marriage records, bank and other financial statements, several English test results and notes from the local police that the applicants have no criminal record. Then they should undergo questioning by trained people in the U.S. Embassy.

Finally, to then assure that individuals who have passed this extreme vetting cannot bribe their way to preferential selection, a pool of all eligible applications would be entered into a computer which will randomly select which of the vetted candidates is ultimately approved.

We can call the system, the Fair Access Immigration Trump Helpful System, or the F.A.I.T.H. System. Trump likes it when his name is on a thing, and he claims to like faith, so …

By the way, this actually is the current visa lottery system. Just rebranded to let Trump think he won something.

J. David Core