I believe that the idea of being more selective with immigration is potentially one that could work. For example in countries such as Australia there is quite an extensive process to immigration. They have to be able to speak reasonable English, be under the age of 45 and also be able to fit into a profession that is needed in the country. Now I do not think it should matter what age they are or that they have to be able to do a certain profession, but perhaps if we could be sure that they intend to benefit the country in one way or another our citizens would be less guarded and opinionated about accepting new immigrants. This is because there seems to be a pre-conceived notion in the UK that immigrants come to the country to abuse the healthcare and benefits system and while this is probably mostly untrue, it stops successful integration into communities. Perhaps it would be better if our immigration system was slightly more selective in order to eliminate these problems?
My opponent opens his debate stating the obvious fact that being more selective on immigration could work. This is irrelevant tot he resolution which asks whether or not immigration should be more selective (regardless of if it will work or not). Following this, my opponent gives the ageist discriminatory immigration laws of Australia as a benchmark of the ideal immigration policy
and yet follows this by stating that he does not think it should matter what age the immigrant is. The entire argument of Pro thus far has been both self-refuting and irrelevant.
After sifting through that part of the debate, an actual argument arises. He states that there is a false notion that many immigrants in the UK came to abuse the health care and benefits system and that such prejudice is the cause of conflict. This means that the entire debate Pro has given revolves around the concept that prejudice towards immigrant is the sole issue to deal with as all accusations to them are wrong and they are innocent. Thus, it is apparent that the immigration laws in the UK should not be more selective but rather that laws on discrimination should be tightened.