On the front page of Saturday’s (Nov. 5, 2011) Wall Street Journal is a picture of Taha Al-Rawi, from Iraq, being sworn in as a US citizen. I’m sure he’s a very nice person. However, I have a problem with people immigrating from Iraq or Afghanistan. Let’s say I lived in a neighborhood which was run down and riddled with crime. You came in, got rid of the crime and rebuilt my house. In the process you spent millions of dollars and some of your crew was killed. When you were all done I moved out. How would you feel?
Unless you live under a rock, you are aware that illegal immigration is a big problem in the US. However, legal immigration is also a problem because what is best for the USA is not the number one consideration. We consider whether you have relatives already living here, whether you are happy in your home country, or how many others came from your country this year. So even though there is a German PhD, who wants to emigrate he can’t because three Germans have already immigrated this year. So we may pick an opium poppy farmer from Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan.
To make matters worse we have a green card lottery, aka the Diversity Visa Lottery. We randomly pick 50,000 people who are allowed to enter the USA along with their spouses and children under the age of 21. The applications are picked randomly so there’s no telling who you may get. I don’t know the history of the “diversity” obsession. Someone has decided that diversity is good even if it results in a few terrorists or pedophiles coming in. I posed a question to my representative, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, asking why we need such a program. In the unlikely event she answers a direct question, I’ll pass it along.
Even though Iran is considered a top military threat to the USA 548,000 applications were filed by Iran in 2010. In Nigeria 2,005,000 applications were filed. I assume the Nigerians who are admitted will be self-supporting from all the money scams they run from home.
Our country was started by immigrants and diversity came with it, but not by design. No one stood at the docks when the Mayflower disembarked and turned people away saying “sorry too many people from England.”
If there is any rational reason for having a Visa Lottery I can’t find it.