Chain migration: What is it, why it should stay

Chain migration: What is it, why it should stay

Chain migration: What is it, why it should stay
March 09
15:00 2018

My family and I are all living in the United States because of family-based migration, or as they’re calling it, chain migration.

Chain migration is the idea of immigrants bringing non-nuclear family members from their birth country and migrating them to another country where they currently reside in.

Since the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, immigrants with relatives living in the United States have received citizenship priority because of this act. Now, many immigrants are guilty of using this process. They bring in many extended family members to come live a better life. However, President Trump is fighting against this idea and is hoping to move away from it.

Instead of allowing citizens who have been residing in the United States to bring the family over, President Trump is opting for an idea that will aid the country economically, disregarding consequences for families. 

He would like for immigrants to benefit the United States economy and keep it safe. He believes that by ending chain migration, there will be less evil in America. I disagree.

Not all immigrants are evil or terrorists. Let me tell you something: most immigrants I know came to this country because they had to as a result of economic or social issues.

Immigrants don’t come to the United States thinking of ways to corrupt America. At least my family didn’t.

I was born a U.S. citizen after my family patiently waited for the chance to legally migrate to the United States. My grandma came to this country when she was in her 50s. She lived through the civil war in El Salvador in the ’80s, where the government was corrupt and taking over. Not to mention, gangs arose, killing innocent people and making them live in a state of fear.

El Salvador is not the safest country, yet we’re told by our beloved President that they are all rapists and murderers.

People come to the United States seeking refuge and a safe place. They come to work and make a better life for their families.

Trump says with chain migration, many immigrants come feeding off of their family and stealing government money. However, studies have shown immigrants do better living with family and getting a startup with their help. Many immigrants live life close to family and have them as their emotional support system.

According to the American Immigration Council upon speaking on immigration they said, “They account for a significant portion of domestic economic growth, contribute to the well-being of the current and future labor force, play a key role in business development and community improvement and are among the most upwardly mobile segments of the labor force.”

Immigrants are prospering here because of their hard work and the opportunity they found in America. There are many DACA affiliates who are going to school and making the best out of their lives.

To cut family-based migration is to take away the safety and comfort of families. They come here knowing only their family and to take this opportunity away is to make their lives hard and possibly a burden to society.

Living with relatives lessens the financial burden and gives the person a brighter opportunity in this modern world.

Featured Image: Illustration by Austin Banzon

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Kenya Menjivar

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