First off, let me say that the term “chain migration” is a terrible way to describe family reunification. To me, chain migration is a term better suited to describe the migration of slaves.
President Trump is hell-bent on eliminating the family reunification program because he believes that people who migrate to the US to be with their families are murderers, ignorant and in no way contribute positively to the success of the United States.
Family reunification is simple. When a foreigner migrates to the US and is issued a green card, they can petition the government to allow them to bring a member of their family to the US to be with them. The program is limited to spouses, grandparents and immediate siblings. The application and vetting process takes many years and does not guarantee that the family member will be allowed to come to America.
The system is not perfect and has been exposed to abuse and fraud. To me, the program needs more oversite and enforcement rather than dismantling. Remember, we are talking about legal immigrants.
Also, the family reunification program applies to all countries. Trump is focused on the Hispanic population and he purposely avoids bringing up participants from other countries. For example, what about European migration, what about the Asian and Indian communities. Ironically, some people from these countries can also be “Bad Hombres”. Trump’s comments about welcoming more people from Norway shows that he does not have a grasp on the world labor market. In the case of Norwegians, a majority have no interest in coming to the US. Actually, the same applies to Canada. If I am not mistaken, with regard to the imigration of the criminal eliment, the Pilgrims didn’t always include the best citizens of the countries that they migrated from.
The Mexican and South American populations are made up of people and their families who want the opportunity to live the American dream. Some misinformed Americans including the President and his advisors don’t understand or desregard the positive impact that a majority of the Hispanic population have on our culture and economy. Statistically, this group of immigrants, along with DACA recipients are or become some of the most productive people in our country.
For as long as I have been on this earth (a long time), there has always been the argument that immigrants are taking American jobs away from American people. What jobs are they taking? There are over two million jobs in this country that remain unfilled. What this administration needs to focus on is training a population of people to fill these jobs, many of which are in the technical and renewable energy industries.
Bill and Melinda Gates are doing what the country should be doing. They epitomize the concept of the free enterprise and capitalistic systems that make up the fabric of our society. The ability of employees to grow and prosper is fundemental. This includes the cultivation of our immigrant population.
Border security, the practice of Russian women coming to America to stay in Trump hotels and have babies; the opioid and drug crisis; the gang crisis; the education crisis; the womans movement among other topics are for future posts.
I just wanted to way in on the important issue of our president’s plan to reduce the legal immigrant population.