The Special Interest of Sen Menendez

By Stanford Matthews
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Senator Robert Menendez is one of the co-sponsors of the Amnesty as Reform Senate bill S. 1348 and here again wants to include features that have no business being in immigration law. Family unification otherwise known as chain immigration is one of the most abused features of immigration law.

Sure, get out the handkerchiefs and tell me the sad story of families and immigration. The basic problem with chain migration is it denies individual immigrants an equal footing with those expecting to bring the whole damn family. Just another abuse of policies intended to be generous in accommodating immigration by those whose greed trumps any sense of doing what is right.

Here’s a suggestion for those considering entering the US legally, yes, both of you. Before deciding some of life’s major choices, determine if you have any interest in moving to the US. Before you start the huge family, get in line if that is what you want. Once you and your spouse to be are legally entered and following the proper course to citizenship, go ahead, start a family.

Enough with accommodating others mistakes with immigration planning. Get your priorities straight and stop using emotional appeals in an attempt to justify the real reason for entering the US. It’s all about the money. It has nothing to do with noble ideas or altruism.

Senator Menendez and an immigration advocacy organization both stoop to these tactics below. Putting their greed or personal preference ahead of national defense, security, border and immigration control is irresponsible and dangerous. But that is not usually a consideration to people who put the private agendas ahead of this nation’s best interest. Shame on both of you.

Immigration Bill Should Focus on Family Reunification
(Sen. Robert Menendez)
May 23rd, 2007
For the past few months I have been working with my colleagues to draft immigration reform legislation, but unfortunately I was unable to support the legislation that emerged from our negotiating table. An agreement that undervalues family, creates a permanent working underclass and demands unreasonable fines is not in harmony with American values. Instead, we must support legislation that secures our borders while allowing undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows; and we must respect our country’s laws while respecting our nation’s tradition of immigration.

Immigration Compromise Falls Short on Family Unification
May 23rd, 2007
By Project Voice, Immigrant Rights Initiative of the American Friends Service Committee
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker social justice organization, has strong concerns with the proposed Senate immigration compromise. Family unification, the cornerstone of U.S. immigration policy, will be more difficult under the legislation. It would eliminate the ability of U.S. citizens to petition for residency for their adult children and siblings. The bill does take a step forward to eliminate the family-based immigration backlog, but it also sets an arbitrary cut-off application date of May 2005. This means that thousands of families’ applications will be void and they will be forced to reapply under the new, restrictive point system. Temporary workers would be left without a direct path to permanent residency and vulnerable to unethical employers. In summary, the bill in its current form falls far short of what is needed to address the nation’s out-of-date immigration system.