Red-card the whole thing

The folly of unlimited immigration becomes more transparent by the day:
The overwhelming majority of immigration to the United States is the result of our visa policies. Each year, millions of visas are issued to temporary workers, foreign students, refugees, asylees, and permanent immigrants for admission into the United States. The lion’s share of these visas are for lesser-skilled and lower-paid workers and their dependents who, because they are here on work-authorized visas, are added directly to the same labor pool occupied by current unemployed jobseekers. Expressly because they arrive on legal immigrant visas, most will be able to draw a wide range of taxpayer-funded benefits, and corporations will be allowed to directly substitute these workers for Americans. Improved border security would have no effect on the continued arrival of these foreign workers, refugees, and permanent immigrants—because they are all invited here by the federal government. 
The most significant of all immigration documents issued by the U.S. is, by far, the “green card.” When a foreign citizen is issued a green card it guarantees them the following benefits inside the United States: lifetime work authorization, access to federal welfare, access to Social Security and Medicare, the ability to obtain citizenship and voting privileges, and the immigration of their family members and elderly relatives. 
Under current federal policy, the U.S. issues green cards to approximately 1 million new Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) every single year. For instance, Department of Homeland Security statistics show that the U.S. issued 5.25 million green cards in the last five years, for an average of 1.05 million new legal permanent immigrants annually. 
These ongoing visa issuances are the result of federal law, and their number can be adjusted at any time. However, unlike other autopilot policies—such as tax rates or spending programs—there is virtually no national discussion or media coverage over how many visas we issue, to whom we issue them and on what basis, or how the issuance of these visas to individuals living in foreign countries impacts the interests of people already living in this country. 
If Congress does not pass legislation to reduce the number of green cards issued each year, the U.S. will legally add 10 million or more new permanent immigrants over the next 10 years—a bloc of new permanent residents larger than populations of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina combined. 
This has substantial economic implications.
That's the understatement of the century.

And now we see that Germany, or at least the German government, has decided to welcome in over 800,000 of their Little Brown Brothers into Der Vaterland, while dusting off the best furniture and displaying the family silverware:
Germany has thrown open her doors to Syria, declaring it will welcome all that country’s asylum seekers. In doing so, it has overturned a EU convention which insists that asylum seekers must register in the first country they reach. 
Germany will now cease handing out forms which ask new arrivals to declare where they landed in the EU. 
Under the Dublin Convention of 1990, migrants seeking asylum within the EU must usually register with the country they first enter. The system was put in place to ensure that migrants didn’t submit multiple applications in a number of member states, and is binding under law
However, according to the Independent, yesterday the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees ratified an order suspending the protocol. “Germany will become the member state responsible for processing their claims,” a government statement said, adding that all current expulsion orders for Syrian asylum seekers would be revoked. In addition, new Syrian arrivals will no longer have to fill in forms informing the German authorities which EU member state they first entered. 
In the first six months of 2015, Germany received 44,417 applications, the vast majority of which have yet to be processed. But even before yesterday’s declaration, it was expected that most of the Syrian applicants would be granted asylum. 
It appears, therefore, that Germany is using the announcement as a way to persuade other EU countries to take more migrants of their own. Many of Germany’s fellow member states have been using the protocol as a legal basis for refusing to take on large numbers of migrants pouring across the borders.
If the American experience is anything to go by, this is not going to end well for the Germans. Or for their government. But most especially it will end very badly indeed for the millions of Islamic and Middle Eastern immigrants that they brought in.

Before I continue, I should point out in the interests of transparency that I work here in the US on an H-1B visa, and am currently in the (very long) queue for a company-sponsored green card.

Now, as I have pointed out before, there is a very great deal wrong with the American visa system for foreign workers. The H-1B is practically designed to be abused, and it is abused, openly, by companies that bring in foreign temporary workers to be trained in the US and then sent back to their original countries.

The most recent USCIS data, by corporate sponsor, that I was able to find comes from 2012. It shows that 10 tech companies and IT consulting firms take up roughly one-fifth of the total number of H-1B visa applications and approvals. This is consistent with my actual experience with the visa process; a large chunk of the remainder is taken up by banks and financial firms, with the rest being dispersed among various smaller firms throughout the US in various industries.

Now, if a company hires someone who came to the US, studied here, got an American-certified degree, and clearly shows evidence that said employee will be paid significantly more than his or her peers in the same company or industry, then there are legitimate grounds to issue a guest-worker permit that allows that person to stay and work. That individual will then be contributing to the US economy directly, along with all of the considerable taxes that he would end up paying due to his significantly higher salary.

That has, in fact, been precisely what happened to me. I came here 9 years ago for my Master's degree. I found a job. I stayed. I switched employers twice. Each time, I left the US in accordance with American law until such time as my new visa was lawfully issued and paid for. At no point during those 9 years have I ever resorted to the American welfare system. And as for what I get paid- well, let's just say that I make enough to live quite comfortably.

But the same thing cannot be said of most H-1B visa holders and of the companies that issue them. Several of the IT companies mentioned above- InfoSys and Microsoft, for instance- use the H-1B almost as a "training visa", by bringing over employees from other locations to sit in American offices as part of American headcount, to be trained by American employees, and then sent back to their countries of origin.

That is nothing short of a flagrant abuse of the system. That is not how a limited-issue guest-worker program for highly specialised occupations is supposed to work.

And that is before we get into the mess that is the American green card system.

If ever there was a system that needed a complete re-think, that's a prime candidate right there. A system that grants over a million people a year access to the American welfare system, along with the ability to bring their entire families over to live with them, is just asking to be abused.

And abused it is.

Most people who haven't had to deal with the, uh, joys of this system don't know just how easy it is to game it.

Your specific country of origin heavily influences how fast you can get a green card- for instance, if you're from India or China, you essentially join the back of the world's longest line, with a green card taking up to 5 years to work through the system (and that's with premium processing). Personally, I'd say that's justified; India and China seem to supply most of this country's yuppie population in certain parts of the East Coast.

But if you're from, say, Brazil, you could get a green card in under a year. I've seen it happen.

Moreover, if you are being sponsored by a company, your employer has to prove that no one else domestically can do your job and that you occupy such a specialised niche that they have no choice but to hire you and keep you. Of course, there are plenty of ways to get past this requirement- I'm not going to go into details, for a number of reasons including the disclosure above, but suffice to say that it's not as hard as you might think.

The end result is that, even as the US lets tens and hundreds of thousands of invaders and lawbreakers stream across its southern border with a rapidly failing state, it is legally allowing over a million people every year to become legal permanent residents of this country.

In the current process, no effort is made to ascertain whether those LPRs understand the American Constitution, agree with the Bill of Rights, support America's republican system of government, or understand and appreciate America's culture.

It is for this reason that I say that America must scrap its existing system and slam on the brakes for any new immigrants, regardless of country of origin.

I am fully aware that I would directly suffer from such a policy. I support a new set of tighter, stricter, and more difficult rules because I love this country, and because I recognise what too many of my fellow foreign workers here apparently do not: we are guests here.

We live here because of the generosity and decency of a fundamentally good and kind people, who have welcomed us into a vast land of plenty that they built and which they expect us to further improve. By living here, we accept that we are bound to obey certain rules and norms- and one of them is the rule that, if our hosts get tired of our presence, we must leave.

And if it is the verdict of the American people that I must go, then so be it. If that day ever comes, I would like to believe that I am a big enough man to harbour no ill will, and to be grateful for all of the opportunities that I was given while I was here.

I've said before that getting the chance to come to live and work in America is like being handed a winning lottery ticket in life. That belief has not changed. But not all of my fellow foreigners here in this country necessarily feel the same way. Some of them- too many of them, I think- seem to believe that they are owed something for being here and for working here.

I say that they are wrong- it is we who owe much, and from whom much can and must be expected.

The entire American immigration system must be "actioned by transformational defenestration of obstructors", to borrow a Ringoism, from the ground up. It must become impossible for invaders to continue their law-breaking, and it must be made clear to legal entrants (like me) that the American culture and civilisation is a proud and strong one that bows down before none other. If foreigners wish to come here, to live here and work here as guests, then so be it- let us do so, but in strictly limited numbers.

And if, as time goes by, some of us are found worthy of becoming legal permanent residents, or even- God willing- citizens of this land of beauty and wonders, this shining city upon a hill, then let us prove that we are worthy of such a singular honour.

Under no circumstances should such a precious gift ever be devalued by handing out green cards and citizenship like cakes at a fair. America's people seem to recognise this- why is its government incapable of doing the same?

The answer, of course, is that America's government no longer answers to its people. It has not done so for at least twenty years. It will not do so again until forced to the task by an angry and resolute people determined to take back their rights and their sovereignty.

And at long last, praise the Lord, I see precisely that beginning to happen in this country.


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