The argument about immigration in the United States is based on the belief that people have a right to have a better life. If that means they have to come to the United States to find it, they should be able to, right? One of the biggest arguments is that the US Immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed.
I beg to differ. Strongly.
According to the USCIS, there are a number of ways to legally come to the US. There’s tourist visas, student visas, and a number of different work visas. In particular we have temporary, or nonimmigrant, work visas, and permanent, or immigrant, visas. This includes the NAFTA work visa. It was designed specifically for Canadian and Mexican workers wishing to work in the United States.
We have visas for entertainment workers, college grads who work in specialty fields, agricultural workers, nurses – hell, we even have a visa for fashion models. There are temporary visas for just about anything you can come up with. There are then five different levels of permanent worker visas; that’s what’s commonly called a “green card.” Temporary workers are allowed a few things, such as driving rights (as long as a driver license from the country of origin is held). Permanent workers or green card holders are allowed everything; they can travel to and from the US at will, they can buy property, have bank accounts, state ID’s or driver licenses – they can have Social Security Numbers, which makes all of this possible.
Fees don’t vary too much for these things. However, one must spend time in the US on a temporary visa first. Temporary visas typically require sponsorship, which means that once you find a job to come to the US for, the company providing that job has to tell the government that you’re working for them and give a time frame. You have to undergo a brief medical exam to prove that you do not abuse drugs or have any serious infectious diseases. Once here you can apply for a green card. Once you have that, you can get an SSN and then, with at least five years of permanent residency and passing a test, you can become an American citizen.
I don’t see anything broken about this system.
The Democrats wail about the drug war spilling over the border from Mexico into the US. They say America is providing 90% of the guns being seized by federales in Mexico during raids on the cartels. That number has been proven to be a fabrication from a different statistic, which actually says that 90% of traceable weapons – which is only about ten percent of the total number of weapons seized, the rest coming from China, Russia and Israel (those weapons actually come from the Palestinians who steal them from Israeli troops) – come from the US. The only reason that many of the traceable weapons come from the US is because US gun makers put the serial numbers on several parts. Other countries don’t require that.
The United States has just about the most lax immigration laws in the entire world. In Mexico, it is actually illegal for any foreigner to own land under any circumstance, even if you have the same kind of permanent residency status that a green card affords in the US. You cannot fly any flag other than the Mexican flag in that country. And the government is so corrupt that there is no way Mexico will ever win the war against the drug cartels.
We have the rules that we have about immigration because we want to know who is coming here, why, and what they intend to do while here. Other countries do not have the kind of rules that America has about criminal justice. We don’t want low-level drug runners and leg-breakers living in the US with any kind of legal status so they can keep the drug trade going. We don’t want people who have committed murder in their home countries and been released early coming here to kill people. We certainly don’t want extremists coming here to train to kill us the way the 9/11 hijackers did.
It’s simple: you have several avenues by which to legally enter the United States. If you choose not to come legally and are found here illegally, you are to be deported. What is wrong with enforcing the law? What, pray tell, is broken about our system? If the detractors have any answers, by all means, post them.
One of my best friends in this whole world is from Mexico. Her family still lives there. Detractors cannot call me a racist for this reason: they feel the same way I do.