As a first-generation immigrant from Korea, I know from my own experience the obstacles many immigrants face when they arrive in America. In 2013, I became the CEO of consultation and legal firm that has helped many immigrants navigate the obstacles and succeed in accomplishing their goals.
1. For legal immigrants: “Employment-based immigrant visa cases take additional time because they are in numerically limited visa categories. The length of time varies from case to case and cannot be predicted for individual cases with any accuracy”(Dept. of State).
2. On the other hand, we need to be vigilant regarding illegal immigration. “The country is now unable to provide either the necessary humanitarian relief for desperate migrants or even basic controls on the number and nature of who is entering the United States”(New York Times).
A porous border puts our nation at risk. “The resulting crisis has overwhelmed a system unable to detain, care for and quickly decide the fate of tens of thousands of people who claim to be fleeing for their lives”(New York Times). There are large swaths of land that have no barrier at all. “Approximately 650 miles of border barriers already exist. About 300 miles are designed to block vehicles and 350 are designed to block pedestrians. That leaves about 1,300 miles on the U.S.-Mexico border with no fencing”(PBS).
3. Regarding Sanctuary City laws, I do not think it is a good law. In fact, it opposes the federal law and immigration is a federal matter. With sanctuary laws, the local and state government prevents the federal government to effectively deal with violent illegal immigrants coming across borders.
The sanctuary laws do not protect law-abiding citizens or even non-citizens who are legally here.
It mostly protects those who are committing crimes after coming across the border without a permit. On the other hand, the Democrats have very little concern for the individual aliens as they last opposed the Trump administration's plan to grant a pathway to citizenship to DACA beneficiaries just because they favored sanctuary city laws and other illegal policies. They simply did not want Trump to look good to immigrants. The media is trying to portray the Trump policy as being inhumane when the very opposite is the case.
1. The Trump Administration also wants to encourage the "merit-based" permanent residency, not just "family-based" chain migration. America, in order to stay as Super Power, needs the investment and scientific and technological talents to stay in the United States and help its competitive edge in modern innovation. First and foremost, we need to allow legal immigrants that want to strengthen our economy a streamlined entry program.
The process should be expedient, especially for those that want to invest or with academic or other specialized skills that benefit the United States. Employment First Preference (E1): Priority Worker and Persons of Extraordinary Ability Employment Second Preference (E2): Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees and Persons of Exceptional Ability Employment Third Preference (E3): Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Unskilled Workers (Other Workers) Employment Fourth Preference (E4): Certain Special Immigrants Employment Fifth Preference (E5):
This immigrant investor must invest, without borrowing, the minimum of $1,000,000; or $500,000 in a high-unemployment or rural area in a commercial enterprise. The qualifying investment must at least 10 full-time jobs for U.S. citizens who are not related to the investor. These are the types of immigrants that built this country and we should be glad that they are choosing to come to our country. We want these people to come to our country. We need to have a process in place that shows the timeline of when they will be granted their Visa.
The long process that these immigrants face is hurting the United States Economy. We are a nation of immigrants and that has made us strong. I love this country and we should know that the people coming here love it too. We should welcome many, but we should also know who they are. The surge of illegal immigrants across our borders cannot be allowed to continue.
2. As a nation of laws, we know who our citizens are and we should know who our immigrants are too. “The United States granted 1.1 million individuals legal permanent residency in the fiscal year 2017. More than two-thirds of them were admitted on the basis of family reunification. Other categories included: employment-based preferences, refugees, diversity, and asylees”(CFR).
People must come to this country legally. “Most security experts agree that fencing is important to keeping order at the border, but, they emphasize, it is only one of many tools”(PBS).
A porous border has an ill effect on our nation and America must continue to secure the border once and for all. “In the first half of 2019, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported more than double the number of people apprehended or stopped at the southern border compared to the same period a year earlier”(CFR). This security along with fair immigration laws is the best way to let good people in while keeping out the drug cartels and violent extremists.
3. The Trump immigration policy is trying to strike a fine balance between protecting the sovereign integrity of America by trying to prevent those who are harming political social and cultural bonds of America under Judeo Christian Values and Principle and creating a welcoming and humane environment for those who truly are fleeing from tyrannies from other nations.
I support the Trump administration's plan to grant a pathway to citizenship to DACA beneficiaries just because they favored sanctuary city laws and other illegal policies. By preventing abuses in the immigration law, America will be able to help those immigrants who truly need America's open and humane open-door policy for a long time to come.
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The New York Times Apr. 10, 2019
Council on Foreign Relations Jul. 25, 2019
US Dept. of State