Op-ed: Why I support chain migration

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  • CallWzrd Idaho Falls, ID
    April 2, 2018 11:58 p.m.

    James, your grandpa taught my calculus class at BYU in 1968-69. It was a wonderful experience (the only decent grades I got during my freshman year) and I still think of him often. He was an excellent teacher, and there's no doubt that I wouldn't be where I am now were it not for him. I am sure there are numerous former students who feel the same. I hope he is well. I'm grateful for your family's contribution to the world.

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2018 11:45 a.m.

    Chain migrations? Approve one person, get an entire village. Those that choose to come here are the ones separating their families, not our immigration policies. They know before hand that they were chose to come here. Their entire family was not chosen. It's their decision if they want to separate themselves from their family.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 14, 2018 6:33 p.m.

    I think any policy needs to be pro-family. Pro taking care of your parents. Pro helping your kids get ahead. Families are not the problem - as much as some want to make it to be.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 14, 2018 8:06 a.m.

    @Jayson Meline
    The affidavit is worthless in reality. Like all things immigration, there is no real enforcement being done.

    Sponsorship support is an illusion. In reality, they are a public charge without recourse.

  • Jayson Meline Chubbuck, ID
    Feb. 12, 2018 12:22 p.m.

    "Chain migration" is a term of art coined by the nationalist establishment to add an alarmist connotation to immigration in an effort to promote falsehoods not present in current immigration law; nor contemplated in proposed legislation.

    In order for a US citizen to petition for an alien fiancÉ, spouse, child, or qualifying relative, they must demonstrate through an affidavit of support; and documentation to substantiate their affidavit, they have the capacity to provide for the material support of that relative; and will be held financially responsible for any public expense that any alien relative may incur such as hospitalization, mental health, etc.

    The process is extensive and a lot of "chains" of family unification are broken under the current system because many citizens lack the financial requirements needed to petition for; or "sponsor" an alien relative.

    The current alien petition system of immigration for relatives is already pretty restrictive; and many relative petitions are also subject to the cuota system for each country set by Congress. It is probably the one facet of immigration law that is enforced and functions as intended.

  • Husker2 Aspen, CO
    Feb. 12, 2018 8:21 a.m.

    The United States should have open borders and allow anyone into the country who wants to come in. It’s the compassionate thing to do.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 8:21 a.m.

    Rickfortruth:
    “Under current rules, anyone related to the individual, including cousins may come after the immigrant is a US citizen. Once here that individual can then bring in anyone up to cousins as well. One becomes 20, 30, and even more.”

    Your source?

    Fact:
    “Neither U.S. citizens nor lawful permanent residents can directly petition for an aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, nephew, in-law relative or grandparent to come to the United States.”
    (Politifact)

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    Feb. 12, 2018 5:03 a.m.

    Chain migration was created by Senator Kennedy for the sole purpose of bringing into America as many democratic voters as possible.

    This op-Ed is based on emotions not reality. If families were so important, why did the immigrant leave their family to come to America.

    Under current rules, anyone related to the individual, including cousins may come after the immigrant is a US citizen. Once here that individual can then bring in anyone up to cousins as well. One becomes 20, 30, and even more.

    Trump proposals will limit the number of eligible chain immigration to spouses and children. Leaving intact the immediate “family “.

  • dave4197 Redding, CA
    Feb. 11, 2018 8:55 p.m.

    Thank you James for this story. I'm pretty sure there are many other success stories of chain migration. Significant benefit must be attached to any story of maintaining strength of families. Economic benefits are less valuable even though they are talked about and touted more.
    Ancestors of mine came from Scotland, in waves, from Ireland and England, in waves. I thank those ancestors for their chain migration and for their enabling me to be here - healthy, happy, educated, and contributing.
    We citizens of the USA can handle those who arrive here via chain migration of families.

  • Immifriend Sandy, UT
    Feb. 11, 2018 8:12 p.m.

    Wonderful story. Neat to see someone who would have been locked out under chain migration restrictions succeeding. I, though, do not see the need to require success of those who come to America. People should be allowed freedoms without having to earn them through some merit system. Family should be allowed to join family not because they might become great scientists, but simply because it is right to let them come, it is right to let family join family.

  • patrioticAMERICAN South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 11, 2018 7:17 p.m.

    @Dan Garcia: "In order to remain competitive with the world the United States must have an honest conversation about its immigration policies."

    I agree. Unfortunately you're not going to get honesty from Trump, his cabinet or many of the hard-line Republicans in Congress who so desperately want to destroy the immigration program, and want the rest of America to be on their side. Does Trump admit he's the beneficiary of "chain migration"? Does Dan Scavino Jr., Stephen Miller, or Rep. Steve King, all hard-liners against current immigration policies, admit they've benefited from recent immigrant ancestors. Of course not.

    I can't help but notice they're all white, and the majority of immigrants coming in now, aren't. It's not hard to draw my own conclusions abt why they (and many others) are so opposed to immigration.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 11, 2018 6:39 p.m.

    Well stated. I, too, support chain migration—keeping families together.
    Thanks for sharing your awesome story.

  • Dan Garcia Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 11, 2018 2:23 p.m.

    While everyone appreciates the touching story, America is not the only place in the world to live a good life. We are not depriving anyone of anything that is rightfully theirs by seeking the most qualified immigrants.
    Also, every statistician knows that anecdotal evidence disproportionately plays on our hearts more than our brains. That is why it is not reliable in understanding the reality of the situation.
    In order to remain competitive with the world the United States must have an honest conversation about its immigration policies.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 11, 2018 11:21 a.m.

    Dear James,

    We now live in a completely different world.

    Thank your family for their contributions.