The Good And Bad Of Chain Immigration

I can understand the want and need of “chain immigration”. That’s basically where I want to come to a country, and bring all of my relatives with me. If I can get in, they can get in. It makes sense on one hand, because who would really want to leave their family and their loved ones back in another country? I sure wouldn’t!

So, I’m not coming at this thing that it’s an entirely bad thing, I don’t think it is. And I do think there is a place for it in any immigration reform program that congress should decide to pass. But on the other side of the coin, we see what can happen when one of those chains isn’t really a friend of ours…take the latest bombing in New York City as an example.

I mean, we can all be thankful that the guy who detonated a suicide vest in the 42nd Street subway station did more damage to himself than to anyone else. But that aside, it proves that chain immigration isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. This guy was from Bangladesh, and I can only assume they aren’t the best terrorists on the planet. But his relatives that came to this country may have been suitable to be American citizens. He obviously, was not, and either was self-radicalized or was radicalized when he went back home to visit recently. Either way…bad seeds produce bad fruit.

So, do we throw out the baby with the bathwater in this case as Donald Trump wants to do? Or, do we allow them in? Because you know as well as I do, that if you allow them in, you’re not going to catch every single bad seed and terrorist that happens to sneak through. There will be more successful attacks on American soil than what we saw in New York the other day, and yes, more people will be killed. At what point do we put our freedoms and our yearning for a better life on the back burner and protect the people that are already here? I have to be honest…I don’t think Donald Trump has thought about the former argument as much as he has the latter. And while I certainly feel the need to protect our citizens, is it right to deny a family migration to our shores if indeed they seem to check all the right boxes? These are a bunch of questions that I struggle with in “chain immigration”.

I wish I had the answers. I usually do. And usually the answers are crystal clear to me. But in this case, I see both sides having a really solid argument. I think in a situation like this, maybe it’s best not to allow folks in from certain areas, or certain countries. But then, who’s to say France or Japan couldn’t produce someone that would be a greater threat than some idiot from Bangladesh that doesn’t even know how to blow himself up?

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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