This letter is in response to your editor's comments. Limit family immigration except not nuclear families? That would result in a great increase in legal family immigration. Under the current family system, parents cannot bring their children, if they happen to be sponsored by US citizen children and have younger children living with them. Permanent residents cannot bring spouses and minor children. Refugees and asylees cannot bring spouses and children if they marry or engender children after the grant of asylum or refugee status, and they will not be permanent residents eligible to petition for 7-10 years under current quotas and processing times. The only family categories are nuclear family categories: parents, spouses, children and siblings, in various limitations that give inhumane waiting lines as published monthly in the Visa Bulletin. The sibling category is so backed up (12 years for most countries and 22 years for the Philippines) that the siblings may only be able to retire here rather than join the work force. There are no categories for cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren.
The Kolbe-Flake proposal addresses the issue of a market-driven employment-based orderly migration procedure that will help many of the family members stuck in the long waiting lines, either abroad on in the US illegally. The PERM proposal of the department of labor addresses the problem of labor certification that takes so long that only professionals eligible for another employment-based work status can ever legally immigrate based on work. The solutions may not be perfect, but at least they recognize the problem, and it is not too much family immigration.
Eleanor Kaplan Adams, Attorney at Law
San Diego, CA
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