• Michelle Samuels

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    Michelle Samuels (GRS’16) is communications senior writer and editor at the School of Public Health.  Profile

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There are 2 comments on What’s Really Driving America’s Ongoing Immigration Debate?

  1. I and my family also immigrated to the US when I was ten years old. We waited six years for a US visa living in Canada. Prior to that we waited years in Sweden and other countries. In each country we had temporary but limited permission to stay. My parents relatives living in the USA guaranteed in an affidavit we would not become public burdens. When we arrived we lived with relatives for several years before my father got steady work. We were never in the US illegally and we were never on welfare. I cannot understand why anyone who came to the US illegally thinks they have a right to stay just because they were not caught. Does a thief have the right to keep his stolen goods because he was not apprehended? Or do those goods belong to the person they were stolen from?

    The purpose of law is to bring order and justice to a society. Anything that diminishes respect for our laws – including immigration law – is detrimental to every citizen of our country. Nothing in your article negates that fact.

  2. What’s driving the immigration debate is dishonest insistence like Noorani’s on using the “undocumented” phrasing to obscure the crucial difference between legal immigration and illegal. Legal immigration is who we are as a nation, not illegal; we are a nation of legal immigrants who valued American life enough to work through the difficulties of immigration, sponsorship, and so on. My wife had four immigrant great-grandparents who followed all the rules, learned English, and needed no other advocacy than the solidarity of their immigrant community. More recently, I was glad to push for H-1 visas for three terrific engineers on my engineering team. One of them had to leave the country for over a year, but he followed the rules. All three are now citizens and great contributing Americans. Nobody, including Trump, is against legal immigration, and suggesting otherwise is also dishonest. And if we are considering cultural issues, what about places where illegal immigrants veto the display of the American flag? How many cases do we have people here illegally but don’t really want to be part of America? The real question is whether those who claim to speak on behalf of immigrants are in reality opposing immigration law per se. Immigration law has been broken since the 1960’s, and immigration services are woefully understaffed and underfunded. I recently recognized ways in which H-1 and other visa programs may also be getting abused. Why does Noorani bemoan its faults without doing the legal, correct, politically integrated American approach of getting lawmakers to fix it? The real fight is whether you can have a country without borders, and a legal system in which laws are ignored rather than fixed.

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