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POINTING TOWARDS CANADA

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Donald Trump Wants To Bring Our Immigration Policy Down To America

A US Border Patrol Agent catches an illegal alien in the bushes right by the border fence, he pulls him out and says, “Sorry, you know the law, you’ve got to go back across the border right now.”  The Mexican man pleads with him, “No, noooo Senior, I must stay in de USA! Pleeeze!”  The Border Patrol Agent thinks to himself (I’m going to make it hard for him and says), “Ok, I’ll let you stay if you can use three English words in a sentence.”  The Mexican man of course agrees.  The Border Patrol Agent tells him, “The 3 words are: Green, Pink and Yellow. Now use them in a sentence.” The Mexican man thinks really hard for about two minutes, then says, “Ok. The phone, it went Green, Green, Green, I Pink it up and sez Yellow.”

Now, let me ask you a question.   Based upon that phonetic response, which country, America or Canada, is more likely to legally let that immigrant in?  The answer is not even close, it is the United States. The honest truth is, Canada has one of the toughest immigration policies in the world (and one of the ways we know this is because Donald Trump wants to bring all of it – lock, stock and barrel -  down to the U.S.)

Note – I‘m not talking about refugees, who make up a small percentage of who is allowed entrance.

Canada’s immigration system is based upon a series of merit points that total 100.  And in order to qualify to enter into the country, you must score at least a 67.  Here are the six categories:

Language (28 points) – You must be fluent in basic English (writing, reading, listening, speaking) and the more fluent, the more points.  As well, there are bonus points if you can speak French, too.

Education (25 points) – You must have at least a high school diploma, which earns you five points.  A college diploma gets you ten, a bachelor’s fifteen, a master’s twenty, and a doctorate the full twenty five.

Experience (15 points) – You get points for the number of years you’ve spent in full-time work, based upon the kind of job skill.  If less than a year, it’s zero, but if six years or more, you can get all fifteen points.

Age (12 points) – You get all twelve points if you are between the age of 18 – 35 and then descending by a point until age 47, after which you get zero.  You also get zero points if you are under age 18.

Job (10 points) – You can get  up to ten points if you have a one-year long, full-time job,  awaiting you from an employer, based upon the work skill (i.e. skilled tradesman get more points than do unskilled labourers).

Partner (10 points) – Your spouse, whether they are already in the country or would be coming in with you, can add to your point total based upon how they fare in the five categories that are listed above.
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However, just because you earn the required 67 points does not automatically guarantee you entry.  Canada has a yearly immigration quota of 250,000 and it is only the top point getters who’ll make up that number.

Note – One exception is the business-investment  immigrant.  If you have at least $1,600,000 in Canadian dollars (legally earned) and are going to invest at least $800,000 of that in a business (for a minimum of three years) , hen you automatically get a score of 100 points – no matter your language, education, age, etc.

Now all of the above is so different from what historically has been the American immigration policy – without any test of any kind: no language points, no education points, no experience points, no age points, no job points, no partner points.  Instead are these words found on the Statue of Liberty,

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she with silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

The bottom line?  We often think when it comes to immigration that, unlike America, Canada will let just about anyone in; when the truth is just the opposite.  Before 9/11, it was the Americans, not the Canadians,  who had the real heart for the world’s down and out.