U.S. policy wipes out more than 80 percent of a Haitian’s earning power when it keeps him from coming to the United States. This affects everything from the food he can buy to the construction materials he can afford. The difference has nothing to do with his ability or effort; it results purely from where he is.
That is Michael Clemens in the Washington Post. His advice:
it’s time to consider an entire new class of immigration — call it a “golden door” visa, to be issued in limited numbers to people from the poorest countries, such as Haiti. It could be permanent or temporary, but that’s less important than its core purpose.
Our immigration law has traditionally had three primary goals: reuniting families, supplying employers and protecting refugees. But part of America’s greatness is that in letting people come, the nation has pursued a fourth, unwritten goal: extending opportunity to those born in places without it. A golden door visa would simply recognize in law what the United States has done since its founding.