My experience illustrates how broken our immigration system is.
You're right on, Helen. Merit-based immigration, and ensuring that only immigrants who love the country and want to assimilate, is the system we should adopt.
The Democrats' open-border policy is intended to change the country's demographics so that their party never loses an election. But a Republican administration would be more receptive to your rational approach, as Trump's was.
Great quote by George Washington, who saw America as a melting pot where new immigrants adopted American customs and ways, and accepted American laws, to become one American people.
Congratulations on your the second edition of "The Broken Welcome Mat." I hope it changes minds and that Congress adopts your merit-based proposals. The country badly needs it.