The White House posted that the Green Card Lottery is also disbanded, and as they proudly state on White House Immigration Reform page, parent immigration will be capped (needless to say, only rich adult children may sponsor), and parents are now allowed to have special visas to visit citizen children. The Lottery was almost my last hope to get back to the US. It is great how they reward those illegal ones and boot everybody else. I see it now really this way - the US immigration system has destroyed my family, and now taken much of my ability to support my daughter more than just with financial peanuts. SHAME USA!!!!!
The following was also posted at German IndyMedia and Madison IndyMedia.
This I just wrote to Congress:
Dear Senators and House Representatives for Madison, WI; Committees on the Judiciary and Foreign Relations,
The President and the media reported a breakthrough in immigration reform.
As it appears, it will amount to legalizing all people that remained illegally in the country January 1, 2007, rewarding them with benefits an H1B visa holder never had. While a preferrable immigration based on education points will be introduced, in general, all legal ways to immigrate will be severely decreased in visa numbers, and perhaps also categories of eligible applicants. In addition, no provision deals with broken families.
The only change I see there is a new visa category for repeated visits by parents of minor US citizens, but no amendment of work visas to enable participation in the lives of children in divorces. This will perpetuate the shameful US way of dealing with international divorces involving minor US citizens - I repeat THEIR citizens. In addition, should EU-US negotiations on airline passenger data fail and the visa waiver regulations be stopped, not only will the tourism industry suffer by the long waits for visa interviews and the Open Skies agreement will become useless, but also the ability of divorced foreign parents to see their children will be further hampered.
I quote from http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/immigration/:
"FACT: Visas for parents of U.S. citizens are being capped, while visas for
siblings and adult children are eliminated."
I strongly protest the currently known bits of the comprehensive immigration reform as it rewards illegal immigrants, and further damages the hopes of legal immigrants, and of members of broken legacy families of the failed US immigration system.
Sincerely, on behalf of my citizen daughter
PhD (Tennessee 2002)
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