Posts by chandlerwpadmin

Time for Change

Posted by on Apr 1, 2010 in Immigration Matters, Laws and Legislation | 0 comments

Immigration has created serious problems for the United States but not for the reasons that most Americans identify: not because huge numbers of undocumented folks are invading our country and stealing jobs, not because they are abusing our welfare system, not because they don’t pay taxes and not because they commit crimes with abandon. Study after study confirms that the vast majority of “illegal immigrants” lay low. They pay taxes, don’t request government benefits and work hard, usually at jobs that American workers refuse to do. The serious problems created by immigration relate to restrictions that now burden our immigration system, causing many...

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Immigrants, Welfare and Taxes

Posted by on Mar 1, 2010 in Immigration Matters, Laws and Legislation | 0 comments

These are tough economic times, and tax season makes it even harder. Vitriolic talk and finger-pointing at alleged sources of our economic distress abound. Immigrants are a common target. “They,” say anti-immigration advocates, “have invaded our country, don’t pay taxes and collect welfare.” Is there any truth to such bold, inflammatory statements? Of course there is some truth, but so is there “some truth” in the scandal sheets that pass as news magazines. There will always be people who abuse the system – both American citizens and otherwise. But let me put the facts into perspective – albeit my own perspective – but colored by twenty-five years...

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Is Unifying Families Really an Immigration Priority?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2010 in Families and Young People, Immigration Matters | 0 comments

Most people who immigrate to the United States are able to do so because they have a close relative in the United States who petitions for them or because they have a job skill that is needed by a United States employer. The process, in either case, is a lengthy one, usually taking several years from start to finish. The wait is discouraging and impractical for prospective immigrants who are needed by United States employers; but for close family members, the wait is agonizing and, perhaps, impossible. In his State of the Union speech, President Obama reiterated that immigration reform is on his 2010 agenda. With the process of immigrating to join family members in the...

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Behind the Words

Posted by on Jan 1, 2010 in Immigration Matters | 0 comments

Widespread misunderstanding and misuse of immigration lingo makes intelligent debate of the immigration issue challenging. For example, the word “immigrant” is used incorrectly by many to describe anyone present in the United States who hails from another country. It carries negative connotations, too: many people blame our country’s woes – crime, poverty, high unemployment, etc. on immigrants. The dictionary definition of “immigrant” is much narrower and suggests relatively honorable conduct. Dictionary.com defines an immigrant as “a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence.” Since migration, in today’s world,...

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Acceptance

Posted by on Dec 1, 2009 in Immigration Matters | 0 comments

“The Blind Side,” Sandra Bullock’s new movie, is the story of a Caucasian family that takes in, and befriends, an African-American teenager. Two things about the movie made it resonate for me: first, it is based on a true story; and second, it is about goodness, a subject not very popular these days. The movie is not about immigration, the usual topic of this column, but it is about acceptance of people who look different and have backgrounds different than our own. The movie caused me to reflect on the people from around the world whom I have represented and wonder whether they feel accepted by the United States. I don’t think that they feel accepted by...

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