Friday, October 15, 2021

Amnesty Is Unfair to Legal Immigrants Like Me: Amnesty Would Send the Wrong Message to Millions of People Trying to Immigrate the Right Way

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Amnesty would send the wrong message to millions of people trying to immigrate the right way.
Lawmakers in Congress are still trying to use their $3.5 trillion spending bill to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens — even after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that their initial proposal was ineligible for inclusion, due to the complex rules surrounding the filibuster-proof budget “reconciliation” process that Democrats are using to pass their agenda on a strict party-line vote.
Their latest strategy involves updating a registry to allow illegal aliens who arrived after 1972 — the current registry cutoff — to seek green cards. Depending on the new date they set, this change could grant legal status, work permits, and ultimately citizenship to millions of people. And if the parliamentarian also rules against this “Plan B,” senators such as Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) have already promised to try plans “C and D.”
As a naturalized citizen who jumped through the legal immigration system’s many hoops, I find their efforts — and their persistence — deeply offensive. Amnesty would send the wrong message to millions of people trying to immigrate the right way. And it’d also burden our safety-net programs and harm our working class.
I came to America from Hong Kong, which is now, sadly, controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, and lived here for 13 years before beginning the naturalization process. I’m now a proud U.S. citizen, and part of that pride comes from knowing I did it the proper, legal way.
But evidently, it was all unnecessary. If Congress passes this amnesty, people who waltzed across the border would receive the same benefits as legal immigrants like me who patiently followed the rules.
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That’ll only incentivize more illegal immigration, as people conclude — not unreasonably — that they’re better off violating our laws now and waiting for a future amnesty.
This is no mere hypothetical. Customs and Border Protection just released August statistics on encounters with illegal immigrants — showing that Border Patrol agents apprehended nearly 80,000 adults and children in “family units,” the second-highest recorded number ever. They also caught roughly 18,500 unaccompanied minor children, which is the third-highest level recorded. That was on top of the 97,000 single adults they detained.
Read the rest from Bill Wong HERE

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