If you thought illegal immigration was destroying American culture … you were right. It’s a disaster. What’s worse? A “legal” immigration system that makes no sense. In America, we can let you in by lottery, and then let any distant relative you have in through chain migration.
A lottery for US Citizenship is irresponsible and anti-American. We don’t take in new citizens by chance. We invite the best, brightest, hardest-working people who want to be Americans. Luck, chance, and randomness should play no role in country building. Likewise, it is not sufficient that you want to come to America. We need to see your value to us, and your commitment to becoming an American.
The recent terror attack by an incompetent, America-hating, Trump-loathing, anti-Christmas chain migrant in New York demonstrates the folly of an immigration policy that does not put America First.
Our immigration laws don’t need mere reform … they need a revolution.
The failed, would-be terrorist was the nephew of a US Visa lottery winner. Using US law and the principle of chain migration, the terrorist came to America just before his eligibility ran out at age twenty-one. Lucky us.
Why was he eligible to come here to begin with?
His Aunt won a lottery that permits people with a golden … or green ticket … to leap the immigration line and standards, and come to America because some group of politicians thought picking citizens by lottery, rather than value and contribution, made sense. Of course, these “lottery” selections happen in countries historically underrepresent as immigrants.
In short, the visa lottery is an affirmative action, diversity-for-its-own-sake program that seeks to make Americans out of people irrespective of their value, skills, love of our country, or any cultural connection thereto. It’s bad public policy, and as we now know, a national security risk.
Chain migration will destroy a nation … and we should end the policy and begin, where possible, chain deportation. The only criteria for people to come to America should be what they can offer our current citizens as skills, and their verifiable proof of a love for and desire to become Americans.
If you meet those criteria, we don’t rightly care from where you come or what race, color, or creed you belong. No one will argue that our country is enriched by people of every color and experience, but color and experience are not goals unto themselves. Skills, value, and commitment to and love for our existing American principles are our only legitimate criteria.
The essential immigration revolution sometimes focuses solely, and myopically on stopping illegal immigration. I am 100% behind those efforts that change all the incentives for illegal aliens to enter and stay in our country illegally. However, many Americans and our politicians miss the other two critical components to an immigration reform.
We want, need, and indeed must have strong, vibrant, legal immigration. Likewise, that legal immigration must be based on the principles outlined above, which puts the wants, needs, and priorities of existing Americans ahead of would-be immigrants.
Immigration policy must always be for the benefit of existing Americans first. Nothing about chain migration or visa lotteries meet those America first, immigration principles.
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is an Attorney, a former Assistant Law School Dean, Law Professor, and Virginia state court law clerk. Dean Kelsey was also the CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud. He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV.
Rich graduated from George Mason law school, clerked for the Arlington Circuit Court, and later joined an AM LAW top 10 law firm practicing commercial litigation. He left the firm to be counsel and CEO to a consulting firm, rising to CEO of Turiss, LLC, a technology firm specializing in computer forensics, digital investigations, and fighting cyber-fraud through civil intel services and new technologies. Upon the sale of the company, Kelsey returned to Mason Law, where in the years before his return, he both taught at the school and served as President of the Law Alumni Association. Kelsey was the Assistant Dean for Management and Planning.
At Mason, Dean Kelsey taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation. While serving the former George Mason Law, Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP.
Rich has appeared on radio, TV, and in print hundreds of times as both a legal expert and political and legal commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL. He writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com. He returned to private practice in September of 2016, and he is working on a book/expose on legal education.
In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach.
Rich has many opinions, and they are his own. His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.