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Letter: Comment on Robert McMillan’s column from December 7

Mr. McMillan’s column brings up a very good and eye-opening point. Our visa system allowed 1.3 million foreign residents to come in legally last year. There is almost a visa for every letter of the alphabet with very high allotments for each. How can we be expected to absorb so many people each year? We need to eliminate nonessential immigration categories that are driving the biggest population explosion in U.S. history.

With all these visas out there it would be a good idea to support legislation that would amend federal law to require at least one parent of children born in the United States be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident before being approved for citizenship as well as eliminate the extended family visa categories and reduce the annual number of family-sponsored immigrant visas to end unnecessary chain migration.

In addition the visa holders are here legally until the visa expires. The visas that are issued are not tracked or verified after being issued, so overstaying a visa is one of the biggest contributors to the illegal population in the United States. Abuse of the visa system happens quite often.

Student visas go to people that never make it the stated destination along with the widely issued tourist visas that have exit dates being “forgotten” with the person not returning to the place of origin. Reducing this weakness in the system would be a good start for true immigration reform.

U.S. companies have hired foreign workers at a swift pace. U.S. companies have set record on the amount of time it took to reach the cap of 65,000 in just one of the categories of visas. With a current unemployment rate at approximately 9 percent, we need to reduce all foreign visas granted and invest in the American worker.

Chris Wales
Mineola Resident