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    Reform: Let's Focus on Merit, Not Family Reunion

    Immigration Reform: Let's Focus on Merit, Not Family Reunion

    Helen Raleigh

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    Close to 70% of our annual immigration visa quota is allocated to family-based immigrants. How did this happen?

    The 1952 Immigration Act established a preference system to prioritize immigration applications for the first time in our nation's history. It gave first preference to applicants who had family already residing in the U.S. By the early 1960s, the call for immigration reform had gained wide support from the rebellious social culture as well as the success of the Civil Rights movement. After JFKís assassination, the U.S. Congress took up the call for immigration reform by passing the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which is also known as the HartĖCeller Actónamed after its two key sponsors, Senator Philip Hart of Michigan and Representative Emanuel Celler of New York. Senator Ted Kennedy also played a very important role. Without his support, this bill wouldnít have passed.

    The 1965 Act abolished the National Origins Formula that had been in place since 1921, and which had restricted immigration on the basis of proportion to the existing U.S. population. The Act kept the preference system introduced in the Immigration Act of 1952, which gave preference to family-reunion for relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents (a.k.a. green card holders), followed by employment-based immigrants, and refugees.

    By the late 1960s, the influx of new immigrants from Europe had slowed down due to the post-war economic boom in Europe. Many Americans with European ancestry had already been in the U.S. for several generations by then, so there wasnít a great need for family-reunion-based immigration. However, that was not the case for many people from Asia and Latin America. Until 1965, immigration from these regions had been restricted for more than a century. By removing the national origin quota system, the new immigration law opened the door for immigrants from these regions for the first time. Many immigrants took advantage of the family-reunion preference and sponsored their families to become legal immigrants in the United States.

    Our immigration laws haven't changed much since the Immigration Act of 1965, which has had a profound impact on our nationís demographics, culture, and politics. We continues to use the preference system set by the 1965 Act today, with family-based immigration utilizing 70% of the annual visa quota and employment-based immigrants using another 20%. In 1965, the U.S. population was 194 million, with 6% of its population, or a little less than 10 million people, as foreign-born immigrants. The Pew Research Center estimates that if we factor in the second- and third-generation offspring of immigrants, the post-1965 immigration wave has added 72 million people to the U.S. population, which is a little more than the population of France (67 million).

    The overly emphasis on family reunion based immigration is problematic on three fronts. First, itís unfair. It gives preference to blood relationships and family connections and discriminates against people who donít have family connections, but do have knowledge, skills, and experiences and can contribute to our economy and be a productive citizen. The people our immigration system discriminates against today are the kind of people our nation has attracted since its founding. The current system also overlooks the fact that many people waiting in line for family reunion might qualify to migrate to America based on their merit but are instead stuck in the decade-long wait to be admitted on a family basis.


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    Let's focus on ZERO for the next 20 years.

    Deport the 30 million illegal aliens, refugees and asylum leeches.

    END anchor baby scam now.
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    Lets focus on real US citizens and our families and posterity for the next 20 years. We need at least a 10 to 20 Year Moratorium on All Immigration, and we need it .... now.

    Can the President do this with an Executive Order? I hope he can, and if he can, I hope he does. Just shut this crap down.
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    If it takes an EO to stop this in it's tracks...do it.

    Then Trump for the next 4 years to carry on!

    No more people!
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    Yes, no more for 4 more years, hopefully 8 more years. You know there is no constitutional authority for the federal government to admit even 1 immigrant. I've researched this, the federal government only has the authority to prohibit immigration after the year 1808, but has absolutely no power or authority to admit immigrants or imported labor. None, zero. All these federal green cards, visas, and work permits they're all every single one of them unconstitutional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    Yes, no more for 4 more years, hopefully 8 more years. You know there is no constitutional authority for the federal government to admit even 1 immigrant. I've researched this, the federal government only has the authority to prohibit immigration after the year 1808, but has absolutely no power or authority to admit immigrants or imported labor. None, zero. All these federal green cards, visas, and work permits they're all every single one of them unconstitutional.
    "The Supreme Court has ruled that the Congressional power to regulate naturalization, from Article 1, Section 8, includes the power to regulate immigration (see, for example, Hampton v. Mow Sun Wong, 426 U.S. 88 [1976]). It would not make sense to allow Congress to pass laws to determine how an immigrant becomes a naturalized resident if the Congress cannot determine how, or even if, that immigrant can come into the country in the first place. Just because the Constitution lacks the word immigration does not mean that it lacks the concept of immigration."

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    The Constitution addresses immigration and states as clearly as one can in our language that states admit immigrants, and the federal government prohibits it. It's very clear. and the perfect balance of power. And it's not in Article 1, Section 8, it's in Article 1, Section 9.

    Section 9.

    The migration or importation of such persons as any of the states now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a tax or duty may be imposed on such importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    The Constitution addresses immigration and states as clearly as one can in our language that states admit immigrants, and the federal government prohibits it. It's very clear. and the perfect balance of power. And it's not in Article 1, Section 8, it's in Article 1, Section 9.



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    U.S. Constitution - Article 1 Section 8

    Article 1 - The Legislative Branch
    Section 8 - Powers of Congress

    To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization
    To establish a uniform rule of naturalization has to include regulating the number of immigrants allowed. You can't do the first without the second being included. Pretty common sense I'd say.

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    A Uniform Rule of Naturalization has to do with the non-citizens who are here. It has nothing to do with who admits them. Article 1, Section 9 asserts that authority to the states to admit them, not the federal government. To balance that, the federal government can prohibit immigration in the states as well as imported persons into the states. But nowhere in the Constitution was the power to admit immigrants or import workers given to the federal government. The actions by the US Congress to admit 1.1 million green card immigrants every year and another 300,000 or so imported foreign workers every year is completely unconstitutional, a violation of states rights, and a betrayal of the highest level of the basic most fundamental protections of every US citizen under the US Constitution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    A Uniform Rule of Naturalization has to do with the non-citizens who are here. It has nothing to do with who admits them. Article 1, Section 9 asserts that authority to the states to admit them, not the federal government. To balance that, the federal government can prohibit immigration in the states as well as imported persons into the states. But nowhere in the Constitution was the power to admit immigrants or import workers given to the federal government. The actions by the US Congress to admit 1.1 million green card immigrants every year and another 300,000 or so imported foreign workers every year is completely unconstitutional, a violation of states rights, and a betrayal of the highest level of the basic most fundamental protections of every US citizen under the US Constitution.
    This just isn't worth getting into one of those never-ending arguments with you. I showed you the evidence and explained it as simply as I could. As far as I'm concerned, that's that.

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