Immigration reform has been a political hot button in America for many years, but it has been usually pushed by Liberal Democrats like Ted Kennedy. However, the debate has changed over the years; and a deal in 2014 looks very possible due to the “evolving” stances from an opportunistic GOP who seek personal political gain. The debate on reform has been framed very successfully by Progressives so that anyone who opposes reform is described as anti-immigrant, racist, and all for persecuting innocent people because they are living in the shadows. The argument is framed that every illegal alien is noble and a good person – after all, America needs these people because they are only doing jobs Americans would never do (and if you listen to John McCain, they are needed to pick lettuce.) They have also been given a lovely name – Dreamers.
Well, I am one of them. My name is John, I am Irish, and I have waited nearly 10 years in the Green Card Lottery program. One of the most important things about me is I love America. Ireland and America have a very good relationship; and over the years, many Irish people have immigrated to America and helped build many of the cities we know today. My extended family was no different, and they immigrated at the turn of the 20th century to follow their dreams and pass that opportunity onto their offspring. It has been a life-long dream of mine to follow in their footsteps, but this bill will destroy any opportunity I have of moving to America. Let me explain why.
There are three main ways for someone to legally immigrate to America, but the first two are non-options for me. The first is chain migration, where you apply for a Visa if you have an immediate relative living in America. While I have many family members in America, none are immediate family members. The second option is to have over $250,000, set up a business, and employ people – again, sadly not an option for someone like me. The most popular way for someone like me is to be successful in the Green Card Lottery program; the US government currently grants 50,000 green cards a year. (My grandmother always said it was better to be born lucky than rich)
Now let’s do some simple math – If America lets 11,000,000 illegals skip the queue, what will happen to the people in the line? That is 220 years’ worth of potential visas in one piece of legislation. So it comes as no surprise that the bill the Senate approved last year includes a repeal of the green card lottery program (Section 2303). The bill in the Senate seems to want chain migration as the main way to immigrate to America.
I want to be perfectly clear – AMERICA OWES ME NOTHING!!! I knew there was a chance I would never fulfill my dream when I first applied for a Green Card, but all I ever wanted was a fair chance to move there...