Four Major Myths of Opponents to Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Part 2
…. Continues from Charles Foster's previous post: “Four Major Myths of Opponents to Comprehensive Immigration
Reform: Part 1
Immigration Myth #2:
All Undocumented Workers Will First Go Back Home, Get In Line and Come Back Legally
This is a myth. It is commonly part of the political rehtoric that "all we want is for illegal aliens and undocumented workers to return home, apply for a visa, and come in legally". However, it is an inherent assumption that we actually have a legal system where that is possible.There is no recognition that qualifying for a work visa is a legal impossibility.
For starters, under current law, all adults would be subject to a 10-year bar or prohibition from obtaining a valid visa status, but more significantly with an annual quota of 5,000 visas for low-skilled workers, which includes family members, making an effective quota of less than 2,000 workers annually, if all 12 million undocumented workers went back to apply it would only take them 6,000 years to obtain proper resident visa status under current immigration laws.
No rational undocumented worker, having endured the great expense of coming here for a better life, would return home without viable legal options to return. Therefore, they remain here, illegaly, working in the underground economy. Essentially, this is a new form of slavery. On this Fourth of July we should reflect on this, and we should refelct on what it means to be free.