We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"But the United States also has a flawed legal immigration system, which allows some 1 million people to gain lawful status here every year. The bulk of these legal immigrants enter based on family ties. By contrast, many developed nations have shifted to a skills-based approach to immigration, one that seeks to admit residents with talents that the country needs and skills that are likely to make them successful, productive citizens."
Little bit of history - the family ties provision was added to the 1965 Immigration Act at the last minute, basically an afterthought. It was never intended to become the major reason for legal immigrants to the US, which is what it is today. Two-thirds of the people legally immigrating today are coming in not because of their skills or the state department lottery, but through family ties.