Here’s a proposal. Instead of having folks jump through hoops in order to come to the United States legally only to pull the rug out from under them at the last possible minute, let’s just hire three goons–two to hold folks’ arms and one to punch them in the face so hard we can hear bones break and teeth hit the floor.
If you still want to live in America even after we break your face and leave you to pay for the cost of getting it repaired, we’ll then consider taking you.
It’d be a warning to folks, like the rattle on a snake.
The State Department announced last month that employment visa numbers were available for all people seeking employer-sponsored green cards, except unskilled workers. It sometimes takes years for applicants to get those numbers.
The announcement meant that as early as Monday, Citizenship and Immigration Services would begin accepting applications. The applications are hefty, requiring medical exams, a lot of documentation and the applicant’s presence in the United States.
But an update on the State Department Web site posted Monday said 60,000 such numbers were no longer available because of “the sudden backlog reduction efforts by Citizenship and Immigration Services offices during the past month.”
The department called the backlog reduction an “unexpected action” and said employment visa numbers would be available again Oct. 1. [emphasis mine]
I reiterate, these are folks who are trying to get here legally and finding that the legal methods they’ve been promised don’t actually exist (even if they may, may exist some time in the future). And note how they don’t even pretend that unskilled workers have a chance of getting here legally.
If we make doing the right thing virtually impossible, folks will feel forced to do the wrong thing. Just saying.