It appears that some of the responses to the Immigration Daily editorial
advocating the elimination of some family-based categories are merely playing the same old tired song, advocating the same-old broken system. We have a newly created CIS, noticeably progressing under the leadership of Edward Aguirre, now we need an Immigration Act to match. My previous letter advocates an overhaul of our broken system, the development of a coherent and workable guest worker program, the easing of restrictions on H-1 employment categories, and the elimination of family-based categories that are not immediate relatives and in place of those archaic quota preference categories, assuring that spouses and minor children of US citizens and permanent resident aliens are guaranteed prompt immigration benefits. There is simply no rational basis for denying spouses and children of US citizens and LPRs immediate immigration rights. Likewise for asylees and refugees, no matter where in the world they may be. But there is no rational basis for immigrating entire extended families of brothers and sisters, elderly mothers and fathers, and adult children and their families, just to adhere to some out-dated and ill conceived quota system that was designed in the 1950's. Think out of the box - think new Immigration Act - not a band-aid patch on the current broken system like the SOLVE Act. It's time to learn from our mistakes. It's time to just say "No" to illegal immigration, and to call for the end of an immigration system that everyone agrees is not working in the best interests of the US.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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