Ever since President Trump walked down the escalator in Trump Tower on June 16, 2015, we’ve been hearing more and more about immigration on both sides of the aisle.
Everyone has already given their two cents on issues like illegal immigrants (or if you prefer the PC ‘undocumented workers’, you know, just like the way you refer to your local drug dealer as your ‘unlicensed pharmacist’), border security, DACA, path to citizenship, and sanctuary cities, to name a few. I’ll get to all of that at a later time, but for now, I would like to share my opinion, as well as my own proposal for a comprehensive immigration reform, which I fittingly would like to call ‘Common Sense Immigration Control’.
- End the DV Lottery.
European media outlets jumped on the ‘Trump is literally Hitler’ train faster than they could say furious and blasted fake news headlines and stories on how President Trump is discontinuing the green card program relying on the public’s ignorance who thinks that the so called Green Card Lottery is the only ‘source’ of green cards. WRONG! Roughly 1 million green cards are being issued every year to foreign nationals with the vast majority of them based on family relationships and some based on employment.
President Trump has been urging Congress and the USCIS to take measures and end the DV lottery in particular. And he is right. The program gives 50,000 green cards to nationals from around the world on what the USCIS claims to be a random lottery system based on a formula which, quite frankly, is not worth explaining, since the whole program is pure bullshit and does not contribute to the US in any positive capacity.
We shouldn’t be giving out green cards like a Pez dispenser. Living and working in this country is not a right. It is a privilege. And you have to work for this privilege. Just like it would be a privilege to live and work in any other sovereign country around the world. As the most advanced society in the world, we’ve come to a place where we have the autonomous right to pick and choose, as well as to vet, who we want to let in and let stay based on pure 100% meritocracy. Period.
- Reserve H1B visas to foreign nationals who are already physically present in the United States on a valid visa such as F1 or J1.
H1B visa fraud has been around for years and no one seems to care about it. The idea of the program is to import high-skilled workers (i. e. people who have a college degree) who get sponsored by a US company for a job that requires those skills and education. The cap for people with a bachelor’s degree is 65,000 with additional 20,000 for people with postgraduate degrees. There are also exemptions and no cap for non-profit and government agencies. Many people say ‘dismiss the whole program, we have plenty of young people in colleges here looking for jobs and willing to work and succeed’. I agree. However, my proposal is rather than getting rid of the whole program, reserve all H1B visas for international students currently enrolled in US colleges and universities. This way, we are ensuring that yes, we are still ‘diversifying’ the country, but we are doing so by letting people who have already lived here for 4 or more years, acclimated to the values, traditions, and the culture, in many cases have paid taxes, and have actually worked and studied in order to get the privilege of coming to our country in the first place.
Every year, tens of thousands of international students graduate from colleges and universities across the United States and the overwhelmingly vast majority of them aspire to stay, live, and work in the United States. I think these kids deserve a better treatment than the one they are receiving currently. The first thing being the fact that there are not nearly enough H1B visas for those of them who have already reserved a job and the company has agreed to sponsor them. After they secure the job and the sponsorship pledge, each of these students has to rely on a lottery system alongside everyone else who has applied from outside the US, and these people more often than not are a part of a fraudulent visa scheme. I say close off our jobs to random people who are not already in the United States on a VALID visa.
- If you aspire to work in the United States, you can still do so by obtaining an O-1 or O-2 Visa status. O-3 can stay.
The O-1 visa is issued to individuals with ’extraordinary abilities’, which is by far the best way to admit people into a sovereign country with high standards such as the United States. If we want to take the best, most qualified, hard-working individuals that could contribute to society, the O visa is the way to do it. There is no yearly cap and they are issued to anyone who has achievements in the arts, sciences, entertainment, sports, and business. Before anyone starts blowing the horn that this means we would only be admitting celebrities and rich people, let me interrupt and say WRONG! People that hold an O-1 status range from college professors, business advisors, and scientists to yes, people in the arts, such as artists, musicians, and actors. Once again, coming to America is a privilege, not a right, and we have every right to choose the best, and if you are not the best, this is the best way to encourage and inspire people to become the best, to advance themselves in a respective field, and follow their goals.
- Get rid of the K visa.
The fiancé visa is completely unnecessary and a source for massive fraud and a threat to national security. We saw this firsthand with the couple from San Bernardino. Yes, we know you have to provide evidence to the immigration officers, as well as proof that the two of you are actually in a relationship and have a history together and all that jazz. That doesn’t mean that this will stop someone who is determined to commit fraud from committing said fraud. Get rid of the K visa, get married in the fiancé’s country and then move to the US after you’ve received your conditional green card. Period.
I’m sure there’s more to add on this issue and there’s much more that needs to be changed within the entire visa system and the USCIS, but this is a good start toward achieving our goal to make America great again.
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