The Trump administration is publicizing the numbers of migrants entering the United States in a process known as “chain migration.” It is the first administration to break down total green card issuances due to family ties over a ten-year period.
The tally is staggering; in one decade 9.3 million migrants were granted a green card and resettled in this country on the sole factor of joining a family member already in America. Not a U.S. citizen family member, mind you, but one also in possession of a green card.
What a racket. And you can thank the Obama program, Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) for 700,000 and the potential of an additional 2 million if Congress legalizes the current program.
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, has the current stats:
“For every one legal immigrant admitted to the U.S., 3.45 family members are later given permission to legally migrate. For every two immigrants we admit, you can say there will be an additional seven admitted.”
“Current immigration policy allows green card recipients to sponsor parents and siblings for the same card.”
How is possible that a non-citizen in this country can sponsor other non-citizens and move them right on into our cities and towns? These numbers account for 70% of all immigration and contribute to low-skilled workers’ entry which negatively impacts American minority groups with similar skills.
This is akin to displacing legal American workers in favor of an immigrant entry-level worker.
Oh, Those Foreign Nationals
The top offenders of illegal and semi-legal (green card holders who refuse to become citizens) migration isn’t difficult to identify. In a recent report by Fox News, “Mexico is at the top of the list with 1.7 million admissions, India and the Philippines each have more than 600,000, and Iran has more than 80,000.” Explosive figures by any standards. But no surprise there and further fodder for Trump to build his wall and heavily vet other potentials.
How Did We Get Here?
There are several revised versions of the 1882 Immigration Act, the first comprehensive law enacted by the federal government, which levied a 50-cent tax on hopeful migrants. By 1907, the government increased the per head tax to four dollars. Not often kind, the government also imposed restrictions on Chinese and Japanese, and in 1917 added the undesirable’s clause:
…including “idiots, imbeciles, epileptics, alcoholics, poor, criminals, beggars, any person suffering attacks of insanity, those with tuberculosis, and those who have any form of dangerous contagious disease, aliens who have a physical disability that will restrict them from earning a living in the United States…, polygamists and anarchists, those who were against the organized government or those who advocated the unlawful destruction of property and those who advocated the unlawful assault of killing of any officer.”
Prostitutes and anyone involved in or with prostitution were also barred from entering the United States.
If the 1917 revision had remained intact, perhaps we wouldn’t be embroiled in the perv and pedophile scandals of today. Just a random thought. But we would indeed be known as the meanest and most evil nation on the planet.
There have been several revisions over the last 100 years, and that leaves us with the 1990 Congressional fix (a Senator Ted Kennedy sponsored adjustment) passing into legislation which raised the caps on immigration and reversed prioritization of applicants from work sponsored to family sponsored. You can get an additional education by clicking here.
The Clinton policies of two decades-past have come to fruition in this nation that at one time was the envy of the world. But illegal immigration is ridiculously out of control and requires yet another revision as we can no longer support a population that is not legal—it is breaking the backs of the hard-working American.
Legal citizens voted on this issue in 2016 and sent a clear message by electing an America first candidate – one who recognized the foolishness of a failing global economy. Immigration is a great tenant of our country and legal, merit-based approval of applicants will strengthen our nation. But if we continue to embrace emotional concepts such as “dreamers” and “DACA” and allow green card holders to decide whom and how many to let in via the epically flawed chain migration, this nation will collapse under its own weight of indiscriminately poor choices.