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April 21, 2006

The 'Overqualified Immigrant'

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

Ilya Shapiro offers an interesting perspective on the issue of immigration reform, one from an "overqualified" immigrant:

If the federal government ever gets its act together and passes a much-needed immigration reform, I'm giving up my legal career and taking up a profession that will actually allow me to become a U.S. citizen. Like gardening. Or construction. Or anything else that counts as "unskilled."

And maybe I'll also fly to Cancun for some sun-and-fun. And come back illegally. (I'm tan and speak fluent Spanish; think I could pass?) Or I'll have a Miami friend take me out on a boat -- so I can come back on a raft.

Because I sure ain't gonna get a green card the way I'm going: English-speaking, highly educated, law-abiding, and patriotic. I'm precisely the type of person Uncle Sam would never dream of inviting to be a permanent resident. Unless I got married -- which'll happen sooner or later, right?

You see, as I follow the overheated rhetoric about guest-workers and homeland security, legal versus illegal immigrants, and the needs of American business and American labor, I can't help but smile and shake my head. And then go home and cry.

Because no matter how hard I work, how good I am at my job (my day job or this writing thing), how brilliant (and sincere) a personal statement I write espousing my love for this country, its people and values, I will never be able to achieve that which is being offered to certain classes of "undocumented" aliens under any of the proposals being batted around Congressional water coolers.

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So why is it that "undocumented" aliens are being given so much priority over qualified and documented immigrants like Ilya Shapiro and American citizens? Aren't our politicians in Washington essentially "selling out" to political agendas to the detriment of fairness and the interests of America?

Let Congress know how you feel and blast them with your input.

Posted by Richard at April 21, 2006 10:24 AM

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