A Legal Immigrant Points Out Obama's Amnesty Injustice
There's a right way and a wrong way to immigrate to the United States
I am Hispanic, and graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas in 2007. In 2011 I became a legal permanent resident of the United States through a National Interest Waiver petition based on my work in nanotechnology, advanced degree and track record. I did not have the sponsorship of any work, organization or family. I did NOT qualify for any sort of work permit on the basis of being enrolled or graduated from college ALONE.
I find it extremely disheartening that this administration and those advocates of so-called immigration reform continue to put the cart before the horse and reward illegal behavior and grant them benefits before those LEGAL immigrants that have taken the time and effort to get employer sponsorship for a work visa or residence, or build a track record to apply for permanent residence on their own merits. What message is this sending to those that are in the process of becoming legal residents? or pursuing jobs here in the U.S. legally? Why would employers bother to go through 'labor certification' when illegal aliens with work authorization can take the job without the need for the employer to spend money on fees or forms?
Today's decision sends the message to those pursuing work here legally and to those wanting to come from abroad legally that they are going to be passed over in favor of individuals that have not taken steps to follow the law or to mitigate the system other than to demand their rights. And while the answer is not deportation or jail, one has to wonder, if the cost of jailing or deporting illegal aliens is prohibitive, what is going to be the cost of having these individuals to file their paperwork? There is a finite number of immigration workers who are already looking at cases of legal and illegal immigrants (with priority given to illegal aliens in the process of deportation). So, wouldn't granting these illegal aliens work permits (which is a physical document that will require photograph and fingerprints taken - like a driver's license) add an extra burden on the system, immigration workers, and LEGAL immigrants that will have their legitimate cases further delayed in favor of these illegal aliens that will have their processes expedited?
There is a solution, but it is not this, as from the very mouths of these illegal alien students they have said that they will not stop until they get nothing less than U.S. citizenship. The least that could be done is ask this illegal alien students to hold themselves up to the same standard that legal immigrants are subject to. Ask any employer if they are willing to hire anybody that does not have work authorization, and ask any LEGAL immigrant how HARD it is to get work authorization.
This is an absolute outrage and only the first step that will encourage these illegal aliens to pursue nothing less than U.S. citizenship and to push U.S. citizens and LEGAL immigrants out of jobs here in the US.
Jose Fernando Aldana, Ph.D.