Eugenics rightly deserves condemnation when it is exclusively race-based, which is the way almost all people think about the term (“We all must resist the horror of eugenics,” Los Angeles Times, Oct. 14). Our history with admitting foreigners to our shores is evidence that our policy was indeed racist.
But there is another side of the issue that is ignored in the debate. What if eugenics were strictly intellectually-based? I’m referring now to the nation’s H1-B visa program that is specifically designed to admit only those foreigners who possess certain knowledge and skills deemed essential.
Once on U.S. soil, H1-B recipients can marry and start families. Are their offspring not a product of genetic engineering, even though we refuse to say so? As long as race is not a factor in determining who is given a visa, I say eugenics can be a positive factor.
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