Is the current immigration system obsolete?
by Adryana Aldeen on June 27, 2010 at 11:34 AM
Some dear friends, wonderful Conservative Republicans made me recently aware of the situation of two wonderful ladies: Olivera "Oli" Snyder and her sister, Jelena Boldt.
Oli and Jelena were brought from Yugoslavia 25 years ago when they were children. At that time Yugoslavia was a communist country. The girls, grew up as model citizens, one has been married to a U.S. citizen for 14 years and has 3 kids, the other married for a year. They have social security numbers, jobs, degrees, etc. When one applied for a Sunday school job at a church it triggered a SWAT raid on her house and deportation ordered for next week. Their native country (Yugoslavia) doesn't even exist anymore - Uncle Sam is shipping them off to Serbia, which now controls their birth land. You can see the following links pertinent to this situation:
Dallas Morning News: Arcane immigration rules could send sisters packing to Serbia
CBS 11 News: Local Yugoslavian Sisters May Face Deportation
Many people say that the undocumented need to go home and come back the "right way." However, most of the people who say this are not aware that many cases there are circumstances that most people do not understand. Sometimes immigrants come here legally, do everything the federal government has told them to do and even after long waiting periods, situations like this happen. It is not because they do not want to do it the "right way," but because the Government IS NOT DOING ITS JOB.
Our immigration system is broken and it needs to be fixed. NO ONE is talking about amnesty here. We are talking about fixing the LEGAL immigration system which is an absolute joke. Many of us who have come here to the United States the legal way have to go through so many requirements, many of them certainly are necessary, such as security screenings, but sometimes the system is inefficient. When will the government open their eyes and see that something more effective must to be done? They need to work on these issues.
Yes, borders must be secured ASAP - no question. This is an absolute priority, but can we please realize that the system is not working for many of those who want to do the things properly? The main principle at issue in the immigration challenge is National Sovereignty: Does our nation have the right to define and regulate its own borders and define and regulate who is and who is not a citizen? Yes, of course we do. This pro-sovereignty position is naturally an anti-amnesty position. Amnesty promotes disrespect for the rule of law and simply does not help in promoting sovereignty, national unity and immigrant assimilation.
But we do need a efficient, legal, realistic, sensible immigration system NOW. Families are being affected, good people are being hurt because an obsolete system. I believe the solution is in the hands of our legislators and I urge our conservative legislators to please to look carefully at the existing problems so they can come up with realistic solutions that to fix the current system.
Photo taken of the two ladies Saturday at Town Hall with Congressman Michael Burgess (TX-26). Jelena pictured left, Oli pictured right.
(Photo by Mark Mangrum)