Thursday February 8, 2018
It would be a mistake to block access to U.S.
Recent Reading Eagle articles have detailed President Donald Trump's proposed immigration changes that end the visa lottery system and tighten family migration in exchange for protecting undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children.
Replacing the lottery option with merit-based immigration would curtail opportunities for individuals from war-torn and poorer countries.
My wife and I have counted 30 immigrants of African and Middle Eastern origin as friends who make our lives rich, coming from lands the president has pinpointed with a vulgar name: Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya, Palestine and Syria. The United States has given them hope.
Processing, or vetting, a sibling or parent of a family to come to the U.S. usually takes three years and often longer due to extensive character checks as well as country and family immigration caps.
For Washington's rich and powerful, in our land of plenty, to shut down the means of escaping oppression, war or poverty is deeply disturbing to the majority of us, I believe. Most Americans, still holding the values of liberty for all, welcome immigrants.
In Reading, we have successful restaurant entrepreneurs, physicians, teachers and laborers from many cultures paying taxes and even providing employment. I feel sad to think needy people would be blocked and the multicultural, multireligious character of our area would be stifled.
Immigrants benefit Reading community