Letters

Letters

Defining immigrants by different ideas of ‘merit’

ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
Waitress Alyssa Mann at Deuxave in Boston is leaving the restaurant for a job at Encore Boston Harbor.

With the lead story of last Wednesday’s Globe describing the dire need for workers in all facets of the hospitality industry (“Workers hold cards as casino fills jobs,” Page A1, May 15), President Trumps’s call to prioritize applicants for green cards based on criteria such as professional skills, education levels, etc., seems to miss the mark on what is “merit.” Why are refugees and immigrant families seeking asylum less meritorious than foreign engineers with PhDs? Doesn’t our economy need workers willing to fill unskilled or semi-skilled positions? Haven’t these refugees already shown that they are willing to work extremely hard to provide for their families? Isn’t this what merit is?

Phyllis Follett

Cambridge