U.S. Immigration Deal Emerges, Foreign Born Advocates Alarmed
Op Ed from
Margaret W. Wong & Associates, Co., LPA
CLEVELAND, January 31, 2014: The White House says, “America’s immigration system is broken. Too many employers game
the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11
million people living in the shadows. Neither is good for the
economy or the country.”
Is Obama ready to deal with the Republicans?
President has indicated that he may be ready to accept
immigration legislation that is more acceptable to the G.O.P.
In other words, not including a way toward citizenship for those
in the country, who are in the United States without
So what does this mean?
immigration lawyer Margaret W. Wong, decades-long
proponent of legislation that makes being foreign born in the
nation without proper documentation not a crime, but an
opportunity to move toward citizenship, says, “This is a step in
the right direction, but we still have an unresolved problem.
These people are valuable to the U.S. They are critical to the
engine of our economy. We cannot turn our back on them. We must
welcome them, and move forward.”
President is willing to take baby steps now.
Will massive deportations continue?
Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, Democrat of Illinois, said
yesterday, “I am concerned with stopping the deportations, not
erecting any new barriers to applying for citizenship,
protecting the rights of working people, be they immigrants or
U.S. born, and making sure we don't turn our local police into
enemies of immigrants in our communities. There is a long way
to go and we all need to carefully evaluate actual legislation,
but the principles are a first step.”
The U.S. Senate has released a very narrow statement that its
plan permits permanent status known as a green card in ten
years, and citizenship three years later, assuming certain
requirements are met.
House Republicans, while they support DREAM Act for
youth, say, regarding the 10 million undocumented foreign born,
there’ll be “no
special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our
nation’s immigration laws.”
Margaret W. Wong
retorts, “Immigration is the foundation of this country. Yes,
we have holes in our borders large enough for masses of people
to make their way through, but they’re coming here to work, and
they’re contributing to make this country great. We can’t turn
our backs, just calling them criminals. We must embrace them.
And we must decide how to embrace future immigrants, legal and