USCIS. America Distinct Advantages.
Us Immigration Daily Update.
As an immigrant to America who’s traveled a great deal around the world, I’ve always been certain that America was the best place for people like me, people who look different, with brown skin and a strange name. I remember coming to America as a college student and feeling the openness in the general society of a country born of and made by immigrants. When visiting Britain around the same time, I could sense that I was treated politely but as an outsider. But in 2019, a tweet from Britain’s then-chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, caught my eye. Britain is the most successful multiracial democracy in the world. He tweeted something similar last week after the appointment of Rishi Sunakas Prime Minister of Great Britain. So I spent some time looking at the data. The Migrant Integration Policy Index measures policies to integrate migrants in dozens of countries around the world. As of 2019. The US.Is in the top ten, but in the bottom half in general. In recent years, the average country studied has improved its score by two points. The United States, on the other hand, has retreated by two points. The story is largely one of the rises of the rest. Countries like Canada and New Zealand have long been welcoming to immigrants but have gotten even better. And any would-be immigrant with technical skills and strong academic standing knows it is easier now to get a green card equivalent in Canada or Britain Ireland or Sweden than in America. And since the Trump crackdown in every area of immigration, from business visas to work permits, the experience has become even more hellish and demeaning for people trying to come into the United States. Others have also become far more tolerant. If you look at a recent Pew survey of attitudes toward national identity, you see that major European countries are becoming more tolerant and inclusive. The percentage who say that to truly belong, you need to be born in that country is about the same as Britain, France, Germany, and the United States now. And those who say you have to be Christian are up 14% in France, 20% in Britain, 23%in Germany, and a high of 35% in America. Britain did not score as high on the MigrantIntegration Policy Index as America, but the more you observe the day-to-day reality, Sajid Javid’s comments do not look like an empty boast, though Canadalikely does better than the United States or the United Kingdom on any objective set of measures. When Boris Johnson resigned, of the eight candidates who came forward to replace him, four were members of ethnic minorities rishi Sunak, Sula Braveman, Kami Beidnak, and Nadeem Zawahiri. And not one, unlike, say, Babi Jindalor Nikki Haley, has converted to Christianity. Soon I took his oath of office on the Bagwadgita and lit Dewali lamps at his Downing Street residence. The Tory Party, the party of the old English aristocracy, has had an explosion of diversity. In contrast, about 90% of Republicans in Congress are white, and virtually all the Republicans are Christian. Much of the credit here should go to David Cameron, the conservative prime minister, who took it upon himself to make his party more open to minorities of all kinds, including sexual minorities. Once the party put out the welcome mat, it should not have come as a surprise that somany migrants proved to be natural tories. After all, the Indian community in Britain is socially conservative, often with an entrepreneurial streak, including an aversion to high taxes. The same is true of Indian Americans. But because the Republican Party so powerfully signals its embrace of white racialist politics, it turns off many minorities who wouldagree with them on most issues. It’s also worth noting that Britain does not have affirmative action policies, which might explain why there is less resentment toward minorities who have succeeded there. America has had distinct advantages compared to other countries that have allowed it to thrive in an open market, and business-friendly policies but many of these have been copied by other countries. I’ve always believed that being truly welcoming to immigrants was America’s last and greatest competitive advantage. It does appear that now, even there, others are catching up, or even beating the United States of America at a game that it invented.