To assume that “quality” immigrants comes mostly from developed and non-poor countries represents affirmation bias.
If you think about it, immigrants from poor and failing countries often times are incented to work harder and longer - just look at how Chinese immigrants (when China was poor and failing) or Irish immigrants (when Ireland was poor and failing)?worked when they came here.
The problem is that the US isnt able to frame the probelm it is trying to solve for with immigration reform other than “less volume and more regulated flow!)
We need a blend of highly educated and motivated wealthy immigrants (which is what I would guess Trump refers to w his Norweigian comments) as well as highly motivated or educated but poorer immigrants (hypothetically this combo would incent the immigrants tonwork harder).
What we do not need are non motivated immigrants, whether they are wealthy or poor.
If you subscribe to the gospel of wealth, which Trump does, uou start to belive that wealth and cleverness/motivation are equiavelnt. As well, you start to believe that if you are poor, it is because you are not motivated. So, if you believe that, then you look at a poor country and generalize the citizens of thise countries all as being unmotivated… and replace the adjective “poor” with “shithole.”
This is incorrect. Motivated and Eager individuals can come from countries both rich and poor. All the same, I have seen super hard workers from Mexico, China, and the UK, and i have also seen incredibly lazy people come here from China, the UK, and Mexico.