Less than a week after the publication of my latest book, Crime & Incompetence: Guide to America’s Immigration Crisis, a predication was proven correct: President Obama was lying to the American people when he claimed illegal immigrants would go to the back of the line after legal immigrants as part of his comprehensive immigration reform. During President Obama’s celebrated immigration reform speech in Las Vegas, on January 29, he claimed, “We’ve got to lay out a path -- a process that includes passing a background check, paying taxes, paying a penalty, learning English, and then going to the back of the line, behind all the folks who are trying to come here legally. That's only fair, right?”
According to a draft of a White House immigration proposal obtained by USA TODAY, leaked over the weekend, the Obama administration “would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years.”
Within eight years? That is not the back of the line. As I reported in my book, there is nothing fair about President Obama's immigration reform plans. It is a slap in the face to legal immigrants from around the world and a slap in the face to Americans who expect an honest, competent government.
According to the State Department Visa bulletin that shows the wait times for legal immigrants if you are a legal immigrant from the Philippines and filed for legal status to live in America in 1989 in the F4 (family based) category your “priority number” has just come up—after twenty-four years of waiting. People from Mexico who filed under the F2B category who were approved in November 1992 after a twenty-one-year wait get to move to the next step and so forth.
But these legal immigrants who played by the rules cannot get too excited yet that they will obtain a Green Card because they are not finished either. Like the employment-based legal immigrants, the family-based immigrants also have to complete the 1-485 (the FBI background check step), and 1-693 (the medical step), before they are finished and able to live and work freely in America.
Once legal immigrants complete the background check step, medical tests and are granted a Green Card then they may apply five years later for American citizenship with the right to vote. That’s thirty years from now.
As I wrote in Crime & Incompetence:
“While politicians sometimes acknowledge that there are long wait times for legal immigrants and insist the illegal aliens/undocumented workers will go to the end of the line, they seem incapable (for good reason) of spelling out what “waiting in line” and going to “the end of the line” really means. Perhaps that is because if Americans knew that the end of the line begins over two decades from now (thus exposing the politicians’ ridiculous promises), they would be laughed out of office. Is Washington seriously going to start a path to citizenship/amnesty over twenty-four years from now? It wouldn’t be “fair” if the illegal aliens/undocumented workers got to cut into a shorter legal immigrant wait line, right?”Do not be deceived by the politicians. Fixing America’s immigration crisis is not complicated. It can be fixed with common sense solutions including securing the border and having a legal immigration system that is competent and not riddled with crime and corruption as is the case with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It’s time for Americans to see what the broken immigration system looks like –a broken system that contributes to the illegal alien crisis. Only when you know why it is broken can it be fixed with integrity.
Crime & Incompetence: Guide to America’s Immigration Crisis is available in paperback and ebook versions at all fine booksellers everywhere.
MARINKA PESCHMANN, the author of The Whistleblower: How the Clinton White House Stayed in Power to Reemerge in the Obama White House and on the World Stage (One Rock Ink), and Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer (One Rock Ink), is a freelance journalist. She has collaborated, ghostwritten, and contributed to books and stories from showbiz and celebrities to true crime, politics, and the United Nations. After freelancing behind the scenes in both the mainstream press and the new media, it was time to step forward. For more information visit:http://www.marinkapeschmann.com/.