Blame Congress for im­mi­gra­tion woes

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

As a le­gal im­mi­grant proudly work­ing for the U.S. govern­ment, I was dis­ap­pointed to read David Keene’s Dec. 1 op-ed, “Hell on the bor­der.” It in­cor­rectly faults Pres­i­dent Obama for the cur­rent im­mi­gra­tion cri­sis. The pres­i­dent is not the prob­lem. For years, mem­bers of Congress are the ones who have ne­glected to make progress on the is­sue of im­mi­gra­tion be­cause they’re more con­cerned with their own re­elec­tion.

The Unitd States’ per­sis­tent lack of im­mi­gra­tion re­form is a prob­lem that has been thrown from one ad­min­is­tra­tion to the other, not just the de­part­ing one. Since tak­ing of­fice, Mr. Obama has ac­tu­ally sub­mit­ted im­mi­gra­tion plans to Congress only to be shut down by those fo­cused on their own agenda rather than on ad­dress­ing the bro­ken im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem.

Im­mi­gra­tion re­form is about much more than build­ing a wall or de­port­ing mil­lions of peo­ple. We need a com­pre­hen­sive plan that in­cludes a cit­i­zen­ship process, up­holds the law in a hu­mane man­ner and keeps our bor­ders safe.

Mr. Keene’s piece in­cor­rectly states that the ma­jor­ity of im­mi­grants are His­panic, and he calls them “mis­er­ables.” Such lan­guage is sug­gest­ing the writer is not only dis­re­spect­ful, but also racist. This type of nar­ra­tive is what keeps our great na­tion di­vided and threat­ens our Amer­i­can prin­ci­ples. Many im­mi­grants add value to the GDP, and ac­cord­ing to the Her­itage Foun­da­tion “it is folly to blame [im­mi­grants] for hurt­ing the econ­omy.”

Don’t blame the pres­i­dent. In­stead, hold Congress ac­count­able for its lack of ac­tion in pro­vid­ing real so­lu­tions, such as stricter screen­ings to pre­vent fab­ri­cated asy­lum re­quests or false visas. That’s how ter­ror­ists in­fil­trate our coun­try, and that is a far greater threat than peo­ple com­ing to pur­sue the Amer­i­can dream. ILEANA ALAMO Ar­ling­ton

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