How Chain Migration’s End Will Impact Filipinos

How Chain Migration’s End Will Impact Filipinos

How Chain Migration’s End Will Impact Filipinos

President Donald Trump called for the end of “Chain Migration” in a tweet on Nov. 2, 2017 after a deadly terror attack in Manhattan, New York City last October. Eight were left dead and dozens more injured in a terrorist attack. Sayfullo Saipov, who was arrested for the terrorist attack, arrived in the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 2010. Saipov was admitted to the country after showing a passport with a valid diversity immigrant visa to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Chain Migration not Merit-Based

President Trump has called for a “merit-based” immigration policy and the termination of the diversity visa lottery program

Some countries that use points-based immigration systems are the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In fact, Wikipedia reports that Canada was the first country to introduce a points-based immigration system in 1967.

What is Chain Migration?

According to Numbers USA, chain migration is the chain of foreign nationals who are allowed to settle down in the U.S. because lawful permanent residents can sponsor their non-nuclear family members.

In other words, the government has the power to admit an original immigrant into the nation after vetting him or her on the basis of national interest.

After the original immigrant is granted citizenship, he or she is allowed to bring his or her immediate nuclear family, consisting of spouse and minor children.

Under current law, after an immigrant becomes a naturalized citizen of the nation – which happens five years after being admitted as a legal permanent immigrant – he or she can sponsor their children, spouses, parents, siblings, grandchildren, etc. to relocate to the U.S.

The fact that the number of immigrants allowed into the country increased from 250,000 per year in the 1950s and 1960s to more than one million annually since 1990, has been largely attributed to chain migration.

(Source: International Business Times)

How Chain Migration’s End Will Impact Filipinos

There are almost 400,000 family petitions already filed by Filipino immigrants waiting for visa availability.

The proposed changes approved by President Donald Trump will only allow immigrants with U.S. citizenship to sponsor their spouses and minor children.

Parents, siblings and adult children will be eliminated as beneficiaries of petitions.

If passed into law, the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arizona) and David Perdue (R-Georgia) and endorsed by President Trump will substitute the current immigration policy based on family unity into a merit-based system.

Senate working to end Chain Migration and Visa Lottery

The “Secure Act” touted by Mitch McConnell is being led by Sen. Chuck Grassley. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested he will only bring an immigration bill to the Senate floor if it matches President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Grassley’s SECURE Act incorporates the RAISE Act which would end chain-migration and the visa lottery.

If chain-migration is ended, immigration will fall by roughly 50 percent. That change would help push up wages for Americans and help get nine million side-lined Americans into jobs. (Source: Breitbart.com)