why are there so many illegal immigrants if they can immigrate legally?
That’s a loaded question- you assume legal immigration is necessarily an option. Political discussions tend to focus very heavily on undocumented immigration in America, and they do so at the expense of the actual underlying problem, which is our deeply broken system for legal immigration.
In order to, as the National Visa Center puts it in their report, “avoid the potential
monopolization of virtually all the annual limitation by applicants from only a few countries,” the United States immigration system caps the available number of many of the family and employment-based visas that can offered to people in any given country out of the annual total at 7%. In other words, only 7% of these visas can be given to applicants from any given country every year, regardless of what percentage of applicants they constitute.
Applicants from Mexico make up 29.5% of all immigration applicants in 2016, and yet they can only receive a maximum of 7% of these visas. See the problem? To put that a different way, each country can receive a maximum of 25,620 visas for this year. There are 1,344,429 Mexicans on the waiting list right now. This means that at most only 1.9% of those trying to come here legally from Mexico will be able to do so this year. The cap for Mexicans is the same as the cap South Koreans, even though the wait list is 25 times longer for Mexicans. Same supply for all levels of demand. Even if you don’t think that the number of available visas should be expanded (I do), you have to recognize that a significant part of the way which we distribute the visas we do currently issue is completely arbitrary and makes very little sense.
You could, of course, wait 20 years or so and hope that the list eventually comes down to you, but if you’re looking to start a better life, you probably aren’t going to wait more than a quarter of your life for it. That long of a wait might sound like an exaggeration, right? Not really, no.
According to this month’s visa bulletin, a Mexican citizen who wants to immigrate to the United States through an F4 family visa (having a sibling who is a citizen) right now would have had to applied before April 1st, 1997, almost 19 years ago. The only family-based visas of this type (there’s another type for certain relatives, called IR visas) with a wait less than a decade long are those for spouses and children under 21 (the same is true for the Philippines, America’s second largest applicant for legal immigration). Our employment-based visas are mostly open without any waiting period, but they’re pretty limited in availability in nations with lots of applicants thanks to the per-nation caps, and they’re mostly restricted to skilled workers anyway.
There are plenty of other problems with our legal immigration system, but suffice it to say, it’s very difficult to get here legally. So now you’re left with a much more obvious answer to why there are so many undocumented immigrants here: legal immigration is frequently not a serious option.
The Constitutional function of the Executive Branch is to oversee the implementation of US laws. Time and time again, however, the Obama administration has simply ignored the law completely, instead enforcing policies made up out of thin air as if they were law. Yesterday, it was revealed that the Obama administration has ordered the US Border Patrol to release all illegal aliens who claim that they crossed the border before January 2014.
American children are suffering as well,
but not on the same scale. Despite the fact that these children come here illegally, this is no the reason to treat them like animals! Primarily, they are guests in our country. Therefore, we should treat them with respect!
Our government doesn’t care about minorities, they only care about themselves.
So many important issues to take care of in America, and they just waste money.
“In 2012, the Obama administration deported 409,849 undocumented [people], the highest number of deportations on record so far. Overall, 1.5 million undocumented [people] were deported in President Obama’s first term. And while deportations break families apart, it is hardest on children, especially those born in the United States who regularly stay behind when their parents or guardians are deported. The number of children left without guardians has tripled in the last five years, from 8,041 in 2008 to 24,481 children in 2012, and these numbers may represent only a fraction of the total number.”
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New sticker that will probably be made available either for free or on donation sometime in February. 2016, you came delivering agonizing blows to un pueblo that’s been holding out for so long for a sign of relief y alguna esperanza- puros chantajes, politicos de mierda playing with our lives. Ya basta. Tired of patrolling my anger- que se pudra la migra. In solidarity with all the folks and fams feeling the fear, anger, frustration, sadness and violence that comes with being targets of la migra and the bigger systems at play. Resisting, surviving and healing in any and all the ways we know how- for ourselves, our parents, our children, our partners, our fams, our communities. Nunca nos rendiremos. Somos seres divinos and you will feel our wrath #FuckLaMigra @culturestrike #art4 #art4change #artivism #artivist #activist #politicalart #humanrights #socialjustice #immigration #migration #migrantpower #pinchefrontera #borderlands #Not1More #undocumented #unaccompaniedminors #undocuqueer #woc
We call it ‘back home’
knowing full well
that the majority of us
may never go back.
That we may spend
but a handful of weeks
in the tropic heat
and relentless traffic,
tolerating family members
we may have convinced
ourselves to have missed,
but very few will submit
to that final pull to return.
We know our land, our soil
as back home, but for many of us
it is only the home we left back,
the one we left so far behind
to be thrust into a lifelong search
of another, of another, of another.
“What frightens me, in humanism, is that it presents a certain form of our ethics as a universal model, valid for any type of freedom. I think that our future includes more secrets, more possible freedoms and inventions than humanism allows us to imagine.”
If you are “the son and the grandson of immigrants,” Marco Rubio, that doesn’t give you free rein to be a dick to others who want to live the same American dream that your parents and grandparents and YOU got to live.
If you’ve been anywhere on the Internet in the last approximately forever, you might get the impression that a whole lot of people aren’t especially fond of undocumented immigrants. That rubs me the wrong way because while I am here legally, it’s only technically. DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an immigration initiative that allows immigrants who entered before their 16th birthdays a two-year work permit they can renew, as well as immunity against deportation. It has saved my ass. That being said, whether you know of DACA from your local news channel or your racist Uncle Jed at family reunions, here is a quick look inside from one of those dirty, sexy illegals.