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United States: Immigration

     Like Diana Hull and others, Tim Brown sees the problems of mass immigration. He says:
     Diana might consider changes in the three immigration laws that turned on the spigots of recent mass immigration. I speak as a former Consul who spent many years doing visas abroad.
     First, essentially unlimited entries follow on preference migration for extended families, brothers and sisters, then their families, then their families, etc. By allowing cascading immigration, one visa often leads to dozens, even hundreds of later preferential immigrant visas. How to change this? No preferences for siblings, in-laws, or parents unless their families can assure they fully meet the LPC criteria.
     Second, the elimination of the quota system based on the origins of earlier immigrants. It was frankly racist, so there may be no way to return. But coupled to the first change this has shifted the fundamental ethnic nature of our immigrants from European to Asian and Latin American. By changing the first at least you could reduce the flood.
     Third, the virtual abandonment of LPC [likely to become a public charge] considerations. Today, some jurisdictions seem almost to welcome new immigrants with open arms. LPC says/said, you cannot come here and become a public charge. You'll have to make your own way. If not, out you go because you swore when getting your visa you could support yourself, and then didn't. That's called fraud. Return to LPC.
     My comment: We must reform the immigration law, as Tim says, but the whole business is so technical I don't think WAIS can get into a detailed discussion of it. Points 1 and 3 are clear. I thought 3 was still the law, but is not enforced. I thought 2 had already been abandoned. From the outside, it seems to me that that, in addition to 3, the problem is that, once an alien is in the U.S., human rights activists make it very difficult to expel even illegal immigrants.

Ronald Hilton - 08/31/99