When you're up against immigration, it's hard to get good help

  • Article by: Doug Wilhide
  • Updated: October 6, 2013 - 10:53 PM

As the nation flails about, my grandson is still stuck overseas.

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jarlmnOct. 7, 1312:48 AM

Immigration and citizenship is NOT an entitlement. Deal with it.

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decembersueOct. 7, 13 8:08 AM

Immigration should be a much shorter and more straightforward process. We stand to benefit enormously in this country by fully integrating millions of relatively young immigrants into our social security and medicare systems (as well as the ACA exchanges). Quite simply, we need younger, healthier immigrants to pay the medical and retirement bills of our aging population. We literally cannot afford not to. And yet, we make the system of immigration so bizarre and arbitrary that we actually encourage illegal immigration, and turn away many people who can help with our demographic problem. The commenter above says immigration is "not a right"; no, it's the basic foundation of our nation. It's who we are. And without some kind of steady immigration, American culture stagnates and innovation fades.

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foneboothOct. 7, 13 8:59 AM

My family arrived here in 1625. I like to tell critics of immigration that my family was probably pretty upset when their family got off the ship...and the native Americans were pretty upset when my family got off the ship...without it we will cease to exist in our present form...deal with it...

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oimmigrationOct. 7, 13 9:40 AM

Immigration and citizenship is a privilege and NOT a right. We and our leaders in Washington seem to forget this very important point.

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mypcaccountOct. 7, 1311:11 AM

Doug, I feel your pain. I am in a similar situation with a family member. our politicians jump through hoops to get the "illegals" legalized but do very little to help the percentage of people that do everything legally but get stuck in the wrong category even though it doesn't make sense. good luck to you but the government doesn't really care about the little guy.

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whowhodudeOct. 7, 1311:19 AM

When you are out of work and up against immigration...it's hard to find a job that pays decent wages and benefits. Just ask almost every blue collar worker in American how their wages/benefits and job openings have faored over the past 30-years of liberal immigration policy.

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whowhodudeOct. 7, 1311:21 AM

Maybe if the millions of criminals that have overstayed their visas actually went home when their visas expire we wouldn't have this problem.

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monkeyplanetOct. 7, 1312:07 PM

Has your son thought about living in France? I don't know if their immigration rules are any more rational than ours, but if they're easier to negotiate, I would jump at the chance. France is a much nicer place to raise kids.

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FrankLOct. 7, 1312:50 PM

The reason the situation is a mess is because we have several million people who would not play by the rules. This happens in any situation where people keep breaking the rules, the enforcement becomes "by the book".

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duweihaoOct. 7, 13 2:10 PM

Doug, Thanks for the update on your son’s situation. I'm sorry to hear that your son and his family are still apart. CIS and its forerunner INS have been backlogged for years, and it has nothing to do with any particular political party. They simply don't have enough people to meet the demand. And with the move to reduce the size of the federal workforce, under both political parties and multiple administrations, things are not getting better anytime soon. I have been working in immigration for years, and I am not pleased that you again chose to characterize those who do their best given the resources they have as "arbitrary bureaucrats." There is nothing arbitrary about the decisions I make -- they are governed by thousands of regulations that cover all kinds of minutia. And while I may work in a large bureaucracy, I am not a "bureaucrat" in the sense that you mean. Ad hominen attacks and name calling will not improve the system. And by doing so, you paint with a broad brush, negatively, an entire group of people, 99% of whom are hardworking and focused on providing the best customer service possible. I understand that when people are told "no," they don't like it, but that doesn't mean the "no" didn't come from a justifiable, legally supportable analysis of the situation. And the truth is, whether you want to admit it or not, your daughter-in-law did not live by the rules. The rules for green-card holders (AKA permanent residents) is that if they leave the United States for more than 12 months, in most cases they have abandoned their U.S. residence. If one doesn't intend to reside in the United States, one should not get a green card. And if one needs to depart the United States for a protracted period, one should check, in advance, with CIS to get pre-approval. I said this last time, and I say it again: because immigration law and regulations are complicated, an immigrant attorney should be engaged. I wish your son and his family well, and hope that they can be reunited soon. And I hope you can find peace. Attacking public servants for doing their jobs is not going to advance your cause or your son’s, nor is it going to gain you many sympathizers. Bob DeWitt, Minneapolis

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