In his Dec. 18 letter, Roger H. Hammer says: “Why is America different and unique? Because we attract people who want to move up, better themselves and their families, who want to participate in freedom and opportunity. We have a track record of all kinds of people from all over the world who came here to do just that. We are the beacon of freedom for the world.”
Half a century ago, these words were true, but times have changed and now America is actually shooting herself in the foot when it comes to immigration. Americans in general, and politicians in particular, seem to be unaware that there are thousands of intelligent, educated, motivated foreigners who are longing to come here and contribute to the economy, but who do not fit the criteria. What are the criteria for legal immigration to the United States? Actually, there’s only one — a close relative. Those of us not lucky enough to have someone who can sponsor us are left with two options: living here illegally or buying a small business.
Those who choose to abide by the law invest their own money in a business using an E2 visa and create jobs for American citizens would seem to be the people to whom Hammer refers.
However there’s a catch. E2 visa holders can never, ever become citizens. If we become incapacitated, retire or sell our businesses, we must leave. How are we to better ourselves when we must live in fear of our visas not being renewed, when the country in which we have invested does not welcome us, when our futures are so uncertain?
My 21-year-old daughter has excelled at Florida Gulf Coast University — to the extent that you will find her in 2010’s Who’s Who Among Students at American Universities and Colleges. Unfortunately, when she graduates next year, she will have to return to England. She will leave behind her family, her friends and the country she loves, breaking all our hearts.
Where is the freedom and opportunity for her to succeed? Where is the reward for all her years of hard work?
America educates some of the best and the brightest foreigners to the highest level; then, instead of offering them opportunities to stay and contribute, throws them out. This is the brain drain in reverse!
Other developed countries operate a points system based on the education, financial situation, health, skills, experience and ability of would-be immigrants to contribute to the economy. In Australia, those who do not speak fluent English, need not apply.
You can be an unemployed illiterate with no skills and no intention of learning English, but you will be welcomed with open arms as a legal immigrant and placed on a path to U.S. citizenship, provided you have that all-important magic ingredient — a relative to sponsor you. That is why the vast majority of legal immigrants to the United States are Hispanic. That is why educated foreigners with money to invest are going to countries where their contributions to the economy are recognized and rewarded with citizenship.
The “beacon of freedom” has long since gone out.
It’s time for Hammer and his ilk to stop crowing about how benevolent America is, wake up to the fact that this country owes its soul to China and insist the government open the doors to those who will make America great again, and close it to those who will bleed it dry.