2/26/15 Residency for Sale

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Perhaps I’m being silly when I fall back on the nostalgia of early settlers and immigrants to this country.

Millions endured hardships and uncertain and even dangerous journeys to get to the U.S. 

Thirty years ago, best-selling crime-writer Joseph Wambaugh wrote “Lines and Shadows,” a non-fiction account of the then-struggles of aliens who attempted to cross into the U.S. through the dangerous no-man’s land south of California’s San Ysidro border crossing.

Oftentimes they were robbed, assaulted, women and girls raped, and some even beaten and murdered by bandits who patrolled a kind of demilitarized zone straddling the U.S. and Mexico border.

Wambaugh offered the opinion that perhaps we should welcome those who risked so much even their lives and their meager fortunes to get here because their risk-taking mimicked that of early settlers.

Wambaugh suggested the U.S. may be better off with them than those immigrants who merely buy their way into the U.S.

Perhaps this is why I’m not a fan of the EB-5 visa program.  Created by Congress in 1990 a half a decade after Wambaugh’s book the program gives permanent residence status to as many as 10,000 foreigners each year who invest at least half a million dollars in the U.S. [8 CFR 204.6 and 8 CFR 216.6].

It seems wrong.  But maybe I’m just nostalgic.

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