Interesting. I think a large problem with current immigration policy is the family reunification act. Personally I've been contemplating if it wouldn't be better to allow immigrants in based on their talents, qualifications, education, and diligence. It would seem more beneficial to me if we let immigrants in based on their potential to contribute something based on society, as opposed to lettign someone in just because they happen to be cousins with this guy.
Some immigrants often like bringing their parents over whom are well past working age and the only contribution in which they're capable of is siphoning from the SS system and medicare.
posted on 01/26/2004 7:59:44 PM PST
I was talking to an eastern European immgrant associate at work. She was mentioning that they were having some sort of family get-together. Just making small talk, I asked, "Do you have many family members here from the old country?" She replied that she has eighty family members that entered from her home region.
The idea that we're just talking about immediate family members is wrong. Mom, Pop, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, grandparents, grandchildren... the list goes on and on.
I'll bet we'd be amazed to know how many millions of people have been immigrated to this nation in the last decade or two. I'd be willing to bet there are close to 50 million people who have been immigrated to this nation in the last 20 years.
That may sound high, but when you consider that there may be as many as fifteen to twenty million illegal immigrants here, the figure of fifty million sudden doesn't seem that far fetched.
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