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Mike and Lily

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  1. Not good news: Goodlatte bill: The bill almost immediately eliminates family-based chain migration for all categories of immigration beginning at the end of the fiscal year, including those already on the visa waiting list. By my count, only 1 percent of the 4 million on the visa list will be grandfathered in. This is the most immediate and categorical immigration reform in over a half-century. SAF act: Ends Chain Migration – Eliminates green card programs for relatives (other than spouses and minor children); creates a renewable temporary visa for parents of citizens to unite families at no cost to taxpayers
  2. It's good that Trump's election stimulated patriotism among those that live here. That IS an accomplishment!
  3. So true. My wife immigrated under a K1 visa which is not affected by this bill. The problems started when she tried to get her parents and sister a visitors visa. They were all denied twice. Sister finally gets to come in on a student visa for grad school. OK fine. So when my wife becomes a USC, she petitions both parents for an IR-5 visa so her parents finally can come visit. The problem is they don't speak any English and are bored here. They'd rather live in China but just come here to visit. The second problem is that her sister speaks very good English, is college educated and would love to immigrate here. So in 2013, Mom petitions sister to immigrate under the F2B visa. A 7 year process. (But it's much quicker than F4) So now, Mama has a green card when she would rather have a visitor's visa. Sister now has a visitor's visa when she would rather have a green card. And if sister gets married, her petition is invalidated. I'd give $10K if they could swap. Yeah, I know. It doesn't work that way. So Mama needs to spend more time here than she wants in order to maintain her green card. She's now applying for her 2nd re-entry permit. But the IR-5 has to be one of the most worthless visas we have next to visa lottery and refugees. Most don't work or assimilate (except for housework and babysitting) I may sound like a hypocrite criticizing a visa that we used, but a points system would make better sense. Sister would have a better shot at her green card.
  4. I actually hope the bill does fail in it's current format. That we can agree on. Have a nice day.
  5. I will let it go, because you have made it clear the pointlessness of trying to have a logical discussion with you. There is no point in continuing.
  6. LOL, OK, I thought you determined the bill to be xenophobic based upon the language of the bill itself. But it turns out you think it's xenophobic because of a factor completely unrelated to the bill. It was my mistake to assume you made a logical connection between the bill itself and your determination of xenophobia.
  7. Should an age limit be applied to parents then? Both my in-laws received their IR-5 visas and subsequent green cards. As with my in-laws, it's much more unlikely that they will assimilate, speak English and be employable. It's much more likely that they will encounter high healthcare costs. From a personal perspective, it seems a little crazy that my parents-in-law can easily immigrate here without being employable or understanding English, whereas my sister-in-law speaks great English, is college educated and would assimilate well here. Yet she can't easily immigrate. She needs to have my mother-in-law petition her as an F2B and then wait 7 years. In the mean time, she can't get married or it will invalidate the petition. It would seem that a combination of family-based and some kind of points system would make better sense than the crazy system we have now.
  8. I may agree with you that it's "anti-immigrant" only because this bill in it's current form would cut the number of legal immigrants in half. I agree that the numbers should be expanded. The points system although in need of revision, is necessary. And in no way is it xenophobic. People can't succeed here without understanding the English language. It's actually pretty stereotypical to assume that only Caucasians know how to speak English.
  9. That is from decades ago. You're the on that's decades late and the world has changed. Taking immigrants escaping injustice and poverty in other countries was great when we had a frontier to settle and factories to man. Let's not forget that many of these immigrants were exploited as well. If they didn't work , they starved. Now political refugees get free housing, free education, free food, a government stipend and free healthcare. We all need to prove that our loved ones won't be a burden on the government as a condition to immigrate here, that should be the case for all immigrants. The points system makes sense for the benefit of our country.
  10. Yeah, I get that. But it should be the choice of the USA which people come here as immigrants, not the choice of the immigrants. We all know that as we have been through the process. No one has the "right" to immigrate here. I also understand that it's the prerogative of this country to accept immigrants or not based on their potential contributions to the country. I don't believe we have any obligation to take people that the rest of the world doesn't want. But immigration is essential to the growth of this country. Without it, we are condemned to suffer the demographic nightmare Japan is currently suffering.
  11. I'm not the only one that responded to a political post, but maybe my particular opinion was not in line with the consensus opinion. But with that said, I'll let it go.
  12. I actually found the answer to my own question. https://www.cotton.senate.gov/files/documents/170802_New_RAISE_Act_Section_by_Section.pdf "Section 4(e) grandfathers in potential immigrants awaiting entry under immigration categories eliminated by the RAISE Act if their entry into the United States is scheduled to occur within one year of the RAISE Act’s enactment." We would be out of luck then if this bill passes anytime soon in it's current form. Our F2B applications have a priority date of 8/13. My wife's brother and sister wouldn't likely enter the USA until 2020.
  13. Political refugees DO go on welfare as soon as they are admitted, that's a fact. And the points system is actually a good thing, but we need more immigrants to grow this country, not cut the amount in half. But we need the right kind of immigrants, not illegals or refugees.
  14. We have both F2B and F4 petitions in the works. Neither of which will be offered if this new bill becomes law. Will these applications still be processed if this new law goes into effect?