Angel Is 100
The San Francisco Chronicle paints a portrait of an immigration landmark. "Today is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. immigration station on Angel Island - a place of hope and despair, and a landmark symbolizing the rich history of immigration in this country."
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Carl Shusterman writes "I recommend that we consider piecemeal reforms in 2010, and reassess the situation in 2011."
Immigrant Of The Day: Rich Little of Canada
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Regarding Leo Van Randall Jr.'s letter (01/20/10 ID) asking how the immigration system is broken and why not just enforce the laws we have, the immigration system is broken because the system no longer provides reasonable results, so merely enforcing the laws more strenuously does nothing but make the problem worse.
Our current system fails because the numbers of visas significantly trail the demand, preventing people that we want to have in this country from being able to legally come and stay here. Is there any reason a physician from India or an engineer from China should wait 8 -10 years to become a legal permanent resident, with another 5+ years to become a citizen?
Those who entered via fraud or deceit, or have committed serious crimes while here, should be removed. However, many otherwise law-abiding people fall out of legal status because of mistake, confusion, or bad advice. Unfortunately, the current law treats everyone the same, with the only "remedy" of "leave the country."
Finally, the immigration system is broken because the laws are so complex that even the government does not know the rules. For example, is someone in the US with a pending I-485 but an expired I-94 allowed to be here? USCIS says the person is here legally, but CBP and ICE say the person is removable from the country. In these kinds of situations, there is no way to follow the law since no one can even agree to what the law is.
Additional piecemeal fixes to the immigration system are doomed to failure. We must have an approach that makes it easier for beneficial people to come and stay in the country, while at the same time making the system more straightforward so that everyone can understand and follow the rules.
Scott T. Decker, Esq.
As usual, the American government can never seem to find a middle way in the current immigration debate. We can of course use all the educated, entrepreneurial, English-speaking immigrants we can get. What we do not need are hordes of illiterate 3d World "bottom feeders" who, especially in the case of the Mexicans, make no attempt to learn English or become Americans, and indeed come here with the intent of "Mexicanizing" as much of the country as possible. No other immigrant group has done that nor does any other immigrant group today intend that.
The logical solution? Do everything to encourage the educated and potential contributors to immigrate and ease their entrance as much as possible. Halt all immigration from Mexico and Latin America except for those persons with the former qualifications and ban completely all immigration of Muslims from whichever country on grounds of national security. Simple. Of course the pro-immigration crowd, who somehow have the belief that foreigners have a "right" to come into the US and the PC "nazis", who are obsessed with never offending anyone, would resist any such logic.
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