Sane views on US’ immigration policy

Highlight — It should strike many that the land of opportunity, which most aggressively promotes the free movement of merchandises, is currently debating on whether it should erect fortifications around it to prevent the free movement of people.

Reading Eugene Robinson’s column in this context came out as refreshing and remarkably accurate:

At present, it makes more sense to thousands of people each month to risk their lives with the coyotes than to “get in line” to come in legally. People wouldn’t take that risk if they had the realistic hope of being able to enter someday, say within a year or two, by air-conditioned bus.

The US immigration policy is indeed an insult to newcomers who make the effort of looking for a better future. I’m comfortable writing this because, as a European willing to live in the US, I looked into the steps of settling in the US myself.

The hostility of US immigration services, the mountain of administrative crap, and the unlikelihood of success without an attorney amount to a nerve-racking wastage of time and money.

Opening up the borders is only part of the solution, that said. The other aspect involves understanding why people migrate. And I trust that illegal immigration mostly finds its roots in poverty.

Picture yourself living in Ramtekadi (India).

In Luanda (Angola).

Or in Brasilia (Brazil).

They don’t want to live in those slums any more than you do. And your best bet to help them is to put money into a microcredit institution.

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