Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Stricter immigration reforms on the horizon

Congress is ready to enact a stricter law that would outlaw driver's licenses for illegal aliens and it would make it tougher for immigrants to seek asylum. more...>

The USA is a nation of immigrants. Many (including my ancenstors) have sought refuge here to escape persecution. Unfortunately, in times of "war" we tend to limit immigration because of a perceived security risk. As an immigration attorney, it is my belief that the laws that are currently on the books regarding asylum are sufficient. What is needed to help limit the scope of the security problem that we here in the US is to provide more funding for BCIS so that they can investigate each case properly.

The new law calls require asylum seekers to provide written proof of persecution. This law, as currently drafted, is simplistic, overbroad and narrowminded. During World War II, the Nazi's burned down Jewish shtetls in Eastern Europe, destroying everything. What kind of written proof would one expect such Jewish refugee's to provide? An SS order written on a bialy? How about those escaping the genocide in Darfur? Many of these people are illiterate. What types of written documents are immigation officials expecting?

Perhaps Congress would have acted the asylum law differently if the State of Texas was in fact located in Rwanda and the Hutus were killing White Anglo Saxon Protestants. It is my belief that anyone who is been the victim of persecution has the right to shelter in the United States.

The risk that we have as a nation by enacting such a law is that we are not showing enough interest in the plight of other people. As Dale Carengie said, one of the best ways to influence people is showing that we care about them. This new immigration law is another way of showing the world that we have less interest about their problems and are more interested in our own. This is the blacklash that helped create Bin Laden in the first place.