Skip to comments.What True Immigration Reform Looks Like: End Family Chain Migration
Posted on 07/20/2014 8:48:43 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
What is chain migration?
Chain migration allows one immigrant to sponsor several relatives for admission. Five years after being admitted as a legal permanent resident, that individual only needs to seek naturalization and demonstrate an income level 25% higher than the poverty level to begin sponsoring other relatives who then sponsor other relatives and perpetuate this cycle.
In 1965, the Immigration and Naturalization Act was amended to expand the definition of immediate relatives to emphasize the reunification of extended family members. Previously, U.S. laws limited this category to the spouses and children under 18 of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants.
Chain Migration & Poverty
Since many of these immigrants can be in poverty or near poverty, chain migration creates an enormous glut of legal low-skilled workers who struggle to rise above poverty. In 2007, immigrants were 69% more likely to use welfare programs than non-immigrants, and between 2000-2007, only 60% of legal immigrants entered the U.S. with a high school education or less.
As a result, the problem of chain migration contributes to an already-existing surplus of low-skilled illegal aliens working in the U.S. This increases job competition and drives down wages and conditions to the detriment of American workers. Reforms are needed to ensure that U.S. immigration policies do not harm Americans and instead contribute to a stronger more equitable society.
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That law is the worst thing that ever happened to our country. Thanks Ted “the swimmer” Kennedy. You, personally, ruined America.
Very big in high-tech too. A lot of Indian couples in Silicon Valley bring over at least one set of parents.
Ted Kennedy (Suffer in Hell you degenerate MF) not only managed to murder Mary Jo Kopechne but is responsible for the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which ensured that white non comsymps would be the minority in terms of future immigration to the USA.
Since nobody seems to have a clue in the GOP that this is a problem and much less intends to do anything about it, the war is lost and the collapse is inevitable.
The Washingtonians from both parties intend to steal everything not nailed down from those outside DC and then bug out under military protection when the collapse comes and the riots start.
An electorate that elected Clinton and Obama twice and gave algore the popular vote is no different than the Venezuelans and Cubans electing Chavez and Castro; stupid and dangerous.
Its time to think about ways to accelerate the collapse because only then can the Republic be reset and the Franchise limited as the Founders intended.
Honest Ape mortally wounded the Republic, the last 150 years has been merely death rattle.
As an example, my translator from Afghanistan received a special immigrant visa to immigrate here, for his service. He brought his wife and son.
They had two more kids, and had their citizenship paperwork ready as soon as five years passed. Within a year of citizenship, they are sponsoring the wife’s parents, who though old and sick, have five children under 18 who would come for the ride. That will make 12 new Americans in 6 years. His side of the family isn’t coming over just yet, but there are a lot of them.
One immigrant can literally grow into a dozen, or even several dozen in under a decade through chain migration.
Why blame the Indians for bringing parents for following the law? Blame the congress critters who wrote the bill and the idiot president who signed it.
Thank JFK, it was his baby and his life’s work.
However, if there is one man who can take the most credit for the 1965 act, it is John F. Kennedy. Kennedy seems to have inherited the resentment his father Joseph felt as an outsider in Bostons WASP aristocracy. He voted against the McCarran-Walter Act of 1952, and supported various refugee acts throughout the 1950s.
In 1958 he wrote a book, A Nation of Immigrants, which attacked the quota system as illogical and without purpose, and the book served as Kennedys blueprint for immigration reform after he became president in 1960.
In the summer of 1963, Kennedy sent Congress a proposal calling for the elimination of the national origins quota system. He wanted immigrants admitted on the basis of family reunification and needed skills, without regard to national origin.
After his assassination in November, his brother Robert took up the cause of immigration reform, calling it JFKs legacy. In the forward to a revised edition of A Nation of Immigrants, issued in 1964 to gain support for the new law, he wrote, I know of no cause which President Kennedy championed more warmly than the improvement of our immigration policies. Sold as a memorial to JFK, there was very little opposition to what became known as the Immigration Act of 1965.
You’re the one making the judgement not me.
I grant that you are right.
Oh my goodness how my mother hated JFK. Even though she herself was 1/2 Irish she despised him. Every sunday she would go to mass and come home and rail against Kennedy.
Imagine my complete shock when he was killed and my mother was crying about it! I was 5 years old!
The Irish have done very well in this country, sadly they’ve also done a lot of damage, almost all of it centered in Massachusetts.
Look at this little history shocker.
This is the democrat party platform that JFK ran on in 1960.
We shall adjust our immigration, nationality and refugee policies to eliminate discrimination and to enable members of scattered families abroad to be united with relatives already in our midst.
The national-origins quota system of limiting immigration contradicts the rounding principles of this nation. It is inconsistent with our belief in the rights of man. This system was instituted after World War I as a policy of deliberate discrimination by a Republican Administration and Congress.
The revision of immigration and nationality laws we seek will implement our belief that enlightened immigration, naturalization and refugee policies and humane administration of them are important aspects of our foreign policy.
These laws will bring greater skills to our land, reunite families, permit the United States to meet its fair share of world programs of rescue and rehabilitation, and take advantage of immigration as an important factor in the growth of the American economy.
In this World Refugee Year it is our hope to achieve admission of our fair share of refugees. We will institute policies to alleviate suffering among the homeless wherever we are able to extend our aid.
We must remove the distinctions between native-born and naturalized citizens to assure full protection of our laws to all. There is no place in the United States for “second-class citizenship.”
The protections provided by due process, right of appeal, and statutes of limitation, can be extended to non-citizens without hampering the security of our nation.
We commend the Democratic Congress for the initial steps that have recently been taken toward liberalizing changes in immigration law. However, this should not be a piecemeal project and we are confident that a Democratic President in cooperation with Democratic Congresses will again implant a humanitarian and liberal spirit in our nation’s immigration and citizenship policies.
So sad how the white man just gave up after WWII.
Yep, WWII spelled the end of the West as it turned against itself in the aftermath.
Yep, agreed. Well, we’ll see how they like it when the 3rd worlders are running things. Or maybe we won’t see, I’m 55 so I expect to escape the worst of it.
But, it won’t be better, there’s already enough evidence for me to draw that conclusion.
What was your intent in pointing out Silicon valley Indians bring their parents to USA?
White man has been fighting white man long before WWII. Remember the 100 year war in Europe? WWI was a European war. The English and French fought constantly.
Indians are brown, duh. We don’t want anymore dirty brown people, no matter how educated they are and if they are entrepreneurs, doctors or engineers coming to America
No kidding. Indian and Chinese students are receiving disproportionate number of advanced degrees in US universities. Not to mention higher scholastic averages than American born whites. That must hurt ego’s of white supremacists.
“What was your intent in pointing out Silicon valley Indians bring their parents to USA?”
What do the parents do once they get here? Do they contribute or do they suck off the social welfare system. Do you know? Have any examples?
The older immigrant parents absolutely suck on prevailing social support system. But that is not my point. My point is blame the congress and president for making such laws. The immigrants are simply taking advantage of existing laws. Why blame them?
And yes, I have concrete examples, based on personal experience.
I blame the immigrants at least 50%. Thanks for at least admitting the old parents are brought here to mind the children and suck off a social welfare system such as social security, food stamps, subsidized housing and free medical that they never kicked one dime into. They are robbing my Social Security!!!
Also what taxes are the children paying? No accident that all immigrants and particularly Indians/Pakistanis/Koreans/Chinese etc run cash businesses like gas stations and dry cleaning, restaurants, motels, etc etc taxis, limousines etc etc. Yes, Americans are nice trusting people and blissfully ignorant of this tax evasion
BTW... there are many things I refuse to do even through they are legal
I always tell it like it is. At my age, there is no need to pull any punches.
Again, I never blame the unscrupulous beggar for begging.
It is always the foolish donor who gets the blame.
South Asians and East Asians have the one of the lowest rate of convicted criminals in USA. I do not blame them one whit for taking advantage of foolish laws voted in by Americans, especially the liberal Americans.
It will make your blood boil some more by knowing people of India origin in USA have higher net worths than any other ethnic group including European immigrants, American born whites, the Jewish group, and all other Asians who are here in large numbers. Why? Because they work hard to get a good education, start many small businesses, spend less on drinking and gambling and are good savers.
And vote for the destruction of the United States.
Immigration is destroying us, we are importing people who come here only to make money and have no concept of what we created here, and they vote against us.