Immigration Daily should be proud for its editorial comment entitled "Why the Law Should be Broken", on
the 2A backlog. Some of us have been saying for years that a law which
requires that husbands and wives, parents and small children be outlawed or
exiled is simply immoral, unAmerican, and worst of all, impractical.
People will live in the same countries as their spouses and kids, and the
law be damned, quite literally.]
Yet all the advocates whom the naive might think would champion this cause
have helped to perpetuate this cruel injustice.
Don't stop hammering on this one, because the record shows that
advocates" like AILA, the Conference of Bishops, La Raza, and various other
groups, letter heads with foundation grants, simply don't care much
the closest family members of legal permanent residents. In 1990, the
proposed to treat 2A the same as the immediate relatives of citizens, and
the groups yawned. In 1995, the Jordan Commission proposed to make 2A a
priority, and the groups fought it, tooth and nail.
I recall Warren Leiden, then executive director of AILA and a member of the
Jordan Commission on Immigration Reform, voting against the Commission's
proposal to make this the top priority for immigration reform, and
Congress defeat that priority, which led directly to the atrocities which
pass. I recall Jeanne Butterfield, who took over from Leiden at AILA,
the Congress that the 2A backlog was simply the "amnesty echo", and would
fade over time.
It hasn't. They were wrong. If anything, the numbers then were
and have since grown much larger.
I remember Stuart Anderson, then a Senate aide and until recently a ranking
Bush administration official, telling his Senate colleagues that there was
need to prioritize for nuclear families, because "most of them are already
here, "illegally". I remember Senator DeWine making that argument on the
Senate floor, immediately before voting down a measure by Senators
and Boxer to provide 150,000 extra visas a year for the 2A backlog.
Much of the debate over immigration policy is simply counterproductive,
and brutal. There are only two ways to resolve the 2A backlog, either
create more visas or take them from someplace else. It's that simple. Yet
for all the hooey about a "Grand Bargain" with Mexico, none of the
participants, including a bishop, fercryinoutloud, wanted to stand up
the sanctity of marriage and the central importance of the nuclear family.
Values-based immigration is a better way to go.
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