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.
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.
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.
@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.
"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.
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.
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)
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 “.
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.
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.
@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.
Well stated. I, too, support chain migration—keeping families together.Thanks for sharing your awesome story.
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.
Dear James,We now live in a completely different world. Thank your family for their contributions.