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The Canadian case for merit-based immigration

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Last week in Iowa, President Trump called for a "total rewrite of our immigration system into a merit-based system," reminding everyone that his interest in looking to Canada as a model for how to rebuild the U.S. immigration system has not weakened.

The results: According to NYT's Jonathan Tepperman, Canada has one of the highest per-capita immigration rates in the world, about three times higher than the U.S. Yet at the same time their foreign-born population is more educated than that of any other country on earth. "Immigrants to Canada work harder, create more businesses and typically use fewer welfare dollars than do their native-born compatriots," writes Tepperman.