What does immigration get wrong every single time? Hi, I’m Jim Hacking, immigration lawyer practicing law throughout the United States out of our offices here in St. Louis, Missouri, where it’s cloudy and gray, and San Diego, where it’s sunny and nice. I wanted to shoot this video today because the USCIS has set up everything, and I mean everything, to so call catch the bad to find the fraud, to find the liars, to find the people who are ineligible for an immigration benefit. I get all of that. But the thing that they don’t get is that most immigrants, the vast majority of immigrants, love this country. They love the opportunity that’s been given to them. They want to do their best for America. They want to contribute to society. They want to build a life just like all of our forefathers and foremothers did many, many years ago. They just want the same chances as everybody else.
With the I-130 petition, the I-45 application for a lawful permanent residence and a naturalization application can’t get is the answer to the question, why do you want to come to America? Why do you want to be an American? They never get to that. They never get to the heart of the immigrant. They never find out about what the immigrants’ dreams are, what their hopes are, what their aspirations are. I know that that’s not something that can be easily quantified. I know that’s something that can’t be easily measured. But I do think that in these days to come, that hopefully we’re going to see a time where the contributions of immigrants are measured, and they’re valued and validated, and that all the energy that we spent these last four years as a federal government vilifying immigrants, that all that’s turned on its head, and that we start to see immigrants for the true value that they bring to this country. The melting pot no more, but now a country where everybody contributes, everybody is treated fairly, and everybody’s hopes and aspirations are given the greatest sense of fulfillment and able to move forward.
I really hope that immigration changes its perspective, that they stopped trying to deport people, that they stopped trying to keep people from getting asylum, that they stop the deportation machine, and that they get immigration back to the job that it’s supposed to be, which is evaluating whether an immigrant is eligible for a benefit and looking at the whole person, looking at the contributions that they want to make, and not just whatever little small mistakes they made or errors that they made, so that the service can then try to deny their case. I’m hoping for a more global, a more open-hearted, and a more sane application of the law at USCIS, and I hope you are, too.
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