Politicians and pundits repeatedly posit that our "immigration system is broken."
We hear it so often that it brings to mind something else--a broken record.
Several Congresses and Presidential administrations have claimed to address it, but none can boast of any success.
Politico reports that the so-called Gang of Eight group of Senators denied any progress as yet on their bipartisan plan for immigration reform. And a few weeks back when the Obama administration leaked part of its own plan as a trial balloon, one of these senators, Marco Rubio, declared it dead in the water.
The number of people trying to get into the United States is staggering. According to the State Department, most of these--over 3,000,000-- seek family-sponsored visas.
Add to these those seeking regular visas and the numbers bulge to over 4,000,000.
Where do these applicants originate?
Dom. Rep. 169,359
This means a long wait.
Our immigration system is not broken. Our immigration system is not designed to absorb that many people.
Conversely, a glance at the above list of countries tells us what is really broken.
Of course, we must end this post with a song.
David Crosby and Graham Nash sing Nash's song about his experience entering the United States. Not only did he suffer the "injustice" of producing paperwork, but also during the delay other immigrants actually hounded him for his autograph.
The injustice of it all!