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A Model to Follow
FOR A COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM
Letter to Congress
Tue, May 10, 2011 5:30:00 PM
A Model to Follow
Let me begin by saying that I am an American born in Colombia - South America. I have lived in the United States for over 30 years now and have seen how the anti-immigrant sentiment has grown ever more hateful since the Reagan years. Having said this and being a resident of Miami, I have also seeing how the Cuban Adjustment Act has positively worked for and impacted our community, and how it has seamlessly allow us to absorb almost two million Cuban immigrants over more than four decades -- with the Mariel Boat Lift 125,000.00 at once, and help them adjust and thrive within our society.
I think our immigration issues are closely tied to our failed Foreign and unfair Commercial and Trading Policies. It seems to me that we have failed to explain this clearly to our fellow Americans. In the process we - the immigrants- have, as it usually happens, become the outlet for the frustrations brought about by our economic decline.
I think it would be of great help to educate our fellow citizens on the role that embassies and consulates play as well as the hurdles and high costs that a potential legal immigrant has to jump over and pay in order to get a visa. It would also be of tremendous help explaining the aftereffects that our free trade agreements have on local industries, agricultural and native communities in Latin America, and other countries, and how these agreements aim to benefit Multinational Corporations that do not have our best interests at heart.
It stands to reason that people in general do not emigrate, leave their native countries, for banal reasons. They do not risk their lives walking through deadly desserts, navigating over rough shark infested waters, pay thousands of dollars to coyotes and human cargo traffickers, for minor or banal reasons. They do not do it to make themselves vulnerable targets for discrimination and exploitation, no: they do it because staying may mean even greater risks and deem futures for their families. They do it to better themselves and dream of a brighter future denied to them in part by our own failed Foreign, Diplomatic and Trading policies.
The Cuban Adjustment Act model does exactly that; it helps families adjust to our communities and in turn makes them into productive legal members of our society.
There are no Illegal or, there is only Displaced Workers... Close to 12 Million of them.
Just wanted you to consider said Act as a model for a truly Comprehensive.
Miguel Alvaro Sarmiento
"Time does not run out, it rushes in."
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