The White House tells us President Obama “takes seriously his responsibility to enforce our immigration laws.” In June 2012 the Department of Homeland Security, in an attempt to make the nation’s immigration policy more fair, removed the threat of deportation for young people who came to the United States as children.
Historians estimate as few as 400,000 crossed the Atlantic during the 17th and 18th centuries. Today it is estimated that 640 million adults wish to migrate to another country with (according to Gallup) more than 150 million worldwide declaring the United States as their desired future permanent residence.
In 2010 alone 1,042,625 people obtained legal permanent resident status in the US… In 2011 there were 2.7 million entries entered in the Diversity Visa Lottery..
So far in 2012, there have been 19.6 million participants. Each year these numbers are increasing at an alarming rate and there’s waiting period.
The days of Ellis Island are gone. Now immigrants are certainly not as welcome. With no end in sight and lawmakers deadlocked on this and other complicated issues, people STILL come to America – the land of the free. Huddled masses, tired, poor – we got plenty already.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe in immigration, but perhaps when the President said that he took it seriously, he should have thought about slowing the immigration, rather than opening the flood gates further and focusing on our own people’s needs in America first.