^he said it. People immigrate to the US since its inception to escape war, poverty, persecution. That immigration ethos is built into the fabric of this nation its history and its culture. In turn, that melting pot has allowed the US to prosper and grow vs turning into a stagnant inward looking economy and culture.
Migration is a fact of human existence and mass migration to job centers is a fact of modern existence under capitalism. Capitalism modernizes feudal and small-farming and with ties to the land broken, people have to migrate to areas with lots of jobs in order to survive. This was true of London, true of cities in India or Mexico or China or the US today.
So it’s not like governments “decide” to have migration or not - they just decide how the government should respond to migration. The US didn’t police migration much until recessions and a series of depressions hit in the late 1800s and newspapers tried to blame Chinese and Southern European immigrants for economic problems caused by the recessions. Now they use immigration status to control individuals - keep “legal” immigrants dangling for a long while and keep undocumented immigrants precarious and vulnerable to authorities.
@Whitemail Ahh yes - "the All men are created equal" part of the constitution -drafted by someone who owned 600 slaves. Every opposition to immigration is as hypocritical as the person who drafted the statement.
@oracle, I'm sorry, but blaming the founders for not abolishing the slavery before establishing the country is a bad argument. Big things can't be done overnight. Founders were not perfect. We can learn from them and be better. Some twist their teachings to justify being assholes. But that's different story.
It's inertia. Good job, decent pay, have a life here, why should I uproot myself and family and resettle back home? You know these choices are personal. I don't expect anything special from this country. A bit more certainty would be nice.
Marginally better in some aspects, sure. Worse in others. For me it's a balance. Incentive for me to put a stop on life here, uproot and resettle is not worth it. It's a lot of work. Immigration system that doesn't put people on a leash and gives them a certain answer quickly would be much better. Imagine a person applying for PR. Based on their skills and qualifications tell them in a reasonable time frame if they get it or not. Either answer is fine, but just tell them in maybe a few months. A No would mean pack your bags and leave. There are many good places on this planet to live and work. They will just move on to either back home or elsewhere. Don't drag them on a leash for two decades and not give them an answer. That's exactly what's happening now. I have applied for PR a decade ago. I am still waiting.
I understand where you’re coming from I think there should be upper bound of years they should be waiting for cases like yours..if you lived here like 20 years it’s hard to imagine a life elsewhere but companies usually help retaining employees in remote locations across the world
Was listening to NPR. They were trying to rebut Trump’s claim that illegal immigrants come here and commit crimes by citing a statistic that legal immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than natural born citizens.
Apply this back to 250 years. 100 years. 50 years. Would your answer change just because you have more brown than white people immigrating? We are a country of immigrants unless you are Native American, your ancestors came here on a boat and most likely illegally