Why is legal immigration to the U.S. so complex, it's almost impossible?

Franchesca Ramsey of MTV’s Decoded breaks down America’s incredibly complex immigration process.

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  1. See also.

    It's important for people opposed to illegal immigration to understand, like video points out early on, that the days of coming over on the steam ship and showing up at Ellis Island are long gone. "Just get in line" makes for a T-shirt-ready catchphrase, but as a practical matter, there is no line if you don't qualify for one of the visas afforded for special groups of immigrants.

  2. The whole process needs to be changed, but if they tried, certain "people" would start screaming about the "Mooslims" coming in and it would fail.

    When do we get actual adults in charge of this country?

  3. Given that the fascists are in government, I'm going to say "never, that ship sailed, circumnavigated the globe, and brought back a boat load of nazis".

    I'm in a mood today

  4. Let me Google these for you.

    Steve Bannon on legal immigration: "You saw these guest workers. You saw the CIS report yesterday. You saw that, what is it, 61 million? Isn’t the beating heart of this problem, the real beating heart of it, of what we gotta get sorted here, is not illegal immigration? As horrific as that is, and it’s horrific, don’t we have a problem, we’ve looked the other way on this legal immigration that’s kinda overwhelmed the country?"

    Jeff Sessions on legal immigration: "Legal immigration is the primary source of low-wage immigration into the United States. In other words, as a matter of federal policy — which can be adjusted at any time — millions of low-wage foreign workers are legally made available to substitute for higher-paid Americans."

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports immigration reform: "Rob Engstrom, senior vice president and national political director for the business lobby, said in an interview for C-SPAN's 'Newsmakers' that the Chamber remains optimistic that bipartisan agreement can be forged on key immigration policy issues, despite Trump’s inflammatory anti-immigrant rhetoric." But that support is in the form of a guest worker program that is notorious for exploiting unskilled or low-skilled workers.

  5. Put another way:

    Q: Why can't immigrants just come here legally like MY ancestors did?

    A: The illegal immigrants ARE the ones trying to come here the way your ancestors did. It's the law that has changed.

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