Immigration Reform

My maternal great grandparents immigrated from Poland and Czechoslovakia (then Austria-Hungary) in the early 1900’s. Both came through Ellis Island, NY. They were lucky, because in 1920 the US Government implemented immigration policies in order to keep Italians and Jews from immigrating to the US.  Those racist laws were eliminated in 1965, but immigrating to the US is no easy feat, which is one reason why so many people come to the US illegally.

There are essentially two ways to immigrate to the US: family-based immigrants (who are sponsored by relatives who previously immigrated) and employment-based immigrants (who are sponsored by an employer). Both are subject to two caps. The category cap sets the maximum number of annual admissions in those categories at 366,000 (226,000 for the family-sponsored and 140,000 for the employment-sponsored).

Given that the US Government makes the process to immigrate to the US extremely difficult, I am in favor of broad reforms to the current broken system.

Additionally, I oppose the building of a “big-beautiful, 35-45 foot high wall” (that will not be paid for by law, per the GOP’s $1.3 trillion budget bill).

I oppose overturning the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals for two reasons. First, the US made a policy decision in 2012, and we should honor that policy.  Secondly, to undo that policy plays politics with real people, and I believe we are a bigger country than that.

Finally, I believe that the US government must recognize that the largest percentage of “illegal immigrants” are in fact refugees fleeing three gang infested, drug infested countries: Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.  This humanitarian crisis will require US diplomacy and help from other Latin American countries.

America’s free markets, rule of law, property rights, and standard of living are admired the world over, so it should surprise no one that so many wish to immigrate to the United States.

Ultimately, I will work towards reforming the immigration system in a fair and equitable way, that is consistent with our history as a nation—that of a shining city on a hill.