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.

Broadly:

  • I oppose the building of a $70 billion border wall because it will not work.  70% of illegal immigrants come to the USA via International air travel and overstay visas.
  • I support e-verify of legal status at employer workplace.
  • I support changing the law on chain migration, as 70% of all immigrants to the USA are relatives.
  • I support merit based immigration base on skills and America’s labor needs. The majority of Hispanics agree with this.
  • I support a pathway to legal residency.
  • I support renewal work permits, as this would raise salaries of immigrants so they don’t undercut US salaries.
  • I support tighter border security, and the rule of law.
  • I recognize that immigrants from Latin and South America are more law abiding than US Citizens, contrary to what many politicians assert.

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.