Our Irrational Immigration System


The state of California tossed the conservative media another hunk of red meat last week when its Supreme Court granted an illegal alien a law license.

You probably heard plenty of outrage on your favorite talk-radio show about how the liberal Left Coast judges rewarded a lawbreaking immigrant instead of deporting him or throwing him in jail.

Mindless outrage is probably all you heard.

The details of the case — who the illegal alien was, how he came to America, and how long he’s been trying to become a legal citizen — were lost in the anger.

But the more you learn about the case of Sergio Garcia, the more you’ll understand what the Number One problem with our awful immigration policy is.

It isn’t because we have too many liberal judges, too many illegal aliens, or too many holes in the U.S.-Mexico border. The main problem is our failed, insanely bureaucratic U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department itself.

Garcia, 36, is just one of its countless victims. More than 20 years ago — when he was a teenager — he came from Mexico to pick almonds in California with his father.

In 1994, his father, who was a permanent legal resident of the United States, applied for a work visa for Garcia. That year, his father also applied for U.S. citizenship for him.

While Garcia waited for the lawyers and bureaucrats to process the paperwork, he worked and studied hard. He went to community college, became a paralegal, went to law school, and passed the bar exam.

When he applied for a license to practice law in California, the U.S. Department of Justice prevented him from getting it because of a federal law prohibiting anyone in the United States without permission from getting licenses from government agencies that use public money.

California bar officials and the attorney general supported Garcia in the state Supreme Court case, arguing successfully that a new California state law says you don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to get a lawyer’s license in California.

I’m not mad at Sergio Garcia. Why should anyone be? He did nothing wrong.

In fact, he did everything right. He played by the rules — the dumb rules. And that’s why he’s still an illegal alien.

Ditto for the poor guy who cuts my hair. He’s still waiting for his citizenship after 17 years. Ditto for countless other immigrants who want to come here, work hard, and someday become American citizens.

Talk radio should aim its anger where it belongs. Not at Garcia, not at California’s judges, but at our irrational immigration system and the politicians responsible for devising it and refusing to fix it or blow it up.

A recent study counted 234 government forms related to immigration, issued by seven Cabinet-level agencies. Even highly skilled immigrants — the 65,000 people we want and need the most, and to whom we grant H-1B visas — face 16 forms, nearly 20 hours of paperwork, and $2,500 in application costs.

Our immigration system is so broken, so complex, so expensive, so slow, so legalistic, so bureaucratic, and so counter-productive it’s a wonder anyone ever successfully becomes a citizen.

Republicans and conservatives are supposed to be against big government, over-regulation, and mindless bureaucracy.

Yet when was the last time you heard a Republican in Washington complain about how the maze of rules and regulations at USCIS makes it virtually impossible for someone to enter the country legally through the front door?

No one wants to get in line for 20 years to get into the United States. No one should have to. The long wait is one reason we’re losing the brightest immigrants to other countries.

California officials, for once, probably did the right thing when they stuck up for Sergio Garcia.

Instead of laughing at California for giving a law license to an illegal immigrant, our conservative friends in the media should be working to tear down the USCIS and bring our immigration policy into the 21st century.

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  1. Seeks_the_truth says:

    Wrong Reagan. The courts ruled WRONGLY on this case. Garcia IS illegal. The LAW states he is to be removed. PERIOD.
    You have insulted your fathers legacy.
    We always hear, don't like the laws, change them. Well, the laws say he is illegal. He is to be deported.
    I'd like to know what good my citizenship is for. What do we need border patrol or a border for?
    Let's just give in to the liberals. No borders.
    If we are to allow illegals to do as they please or get what they want without following the law, we have no need for TSA either.
    If illegal aliens are not an issue, then neither is our transportation.

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      Could not agree with you more what good are laws if you don't intend to enforce them. This turkey came as a kid to make a buck well he got educated for free plus all the other benefits now ship his ass back to Mexico and start his law practise there.No different then these goat herders come here to become doctors and when they do you never see them go back to work for rupees when they see how good the American way is.

      • Seeks_the_truth says:

        It MIGHT be a different story if he did come as a kid. He did NOT. He was 17 YEARS old when he snuck over our boarder.
        He was well aware of his actions and that what he was doing was illegal.
        Citizenship in America means nothing anymore.

  2. Edwardkoziol says:

    Send them all back including Garcia and start enforcing our laws.That fence should be electrified with another one on our side so animals don't get electrocuted.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you're gonna send Garcia back, then you have to be fair and send the niagger in the white house back to Africa too……

  3. Miguel A. Contreras says:

    I sense lots of hate! I came to the USA as a green card holder. I remember the Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico's U.S. Consulate telling me:" remember young boy, you are going to the USA to become a migrant field laborer." I started working the fields at age 12. I never went to High School. But I dreamed to become "someone" – I spent the next 30 years serving my country, the USA as a federal criminal supervisory investigator; worked for the Lansing Police Department, once I became a U.S. Citizen in 1978. Now, I have my PhD and still kicking ass!

  4. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    We desperately need to force Ohitler to live on the border or bounties ($1000 for each wetback or corrupt democrap bagged) to get rid of the scum!

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