February 25, 2012
OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
Dear President Obama and Honorable Members of Congress,
Over the course of the last few years I’ve noticed an increasing trend with respect to US immigration practices. Scores of guest workers hoping to secure H1B visas have gone through the numerous steps involving legal immigration to the US, only to be denied through the 221(g). These 221(g) often given without cause, save for those with application errors or requiring extra paperwork. Resubmitting applications and obtaining extra paperwork is not without hassle however is quite understandable. What makes less sense is when guest worker candidates are issued 221(g) rejections with the ambiguous, indeterminable determination their claims require “administrative processing.” Candidates are rendered utterly helpless to advance their claims and thrust into a virtual bureaucratic purgatory that is neither up nor down. Not to sound too dramatic, but for some of these candidates immigrating to the US to work on a temporary basis literally translate to feeding a family or starving – truly a matter of life or death. Others have American spouses and children and are separated from them for indefinite periods, faced with the options of asking their loved ones to surrender by expatriation that which all Americans hold dear and fight to protect, citizenship in the greatest nation on Earth, or accept the fact they may never reunite with their loved ones again.
Differences in Congress with regards to ideologies withstanding, immigration reform is something this country has had on its agenda since the 18th century. More contemporarily we have debated reform and tactics to achieve a truly fair process towards legal immigration with little to no progress. Recently in President Obama’s State of the Union address the topic of immigration reform was mentioned: