Not since the entire Elian Gonzalez debacle of 2000, have I given much thought to immigration. Sure, after 9/11 I was shocked at the inability of the government to even monitor, let alone control the admittance of those whose hostilities toward America could actually be a threat to us. But what about the vast majority of immigrants who come here to work, to better themselves and their families, to take advantage of opportunities still found in America? Apparently, some of them are just plain screwed.
Arthur Mkyon, 17, of Fresno, California, is currently threatened with deportation back to Armenia, a country he left when he was 2 and knows only virtually through internet videos. While his parents attempted to jump through the proper hoops of the immigration process, their application was denied. Apparently Mr. Mkion’s claim of feared reprisal of the Armenian government about his whistle-blowing at the Armenian equivalent of the DMV did not satisfy the immigration officials as meeting the requirements for asylum.
It is worth noting that both of Arthur’s parents have been working since they came here, and that Arthur is the valedictorian of his high school class. Unless there is more, maybe some unreported sinister activity regarding this family, there seems to be no objective reason (second comment) why these people should not be allowed to legally stay in America.
Again, this is only one case in the millions of immigrants who come to the United States each year. But it does highlight the need for the reformation of immigration laws based on objective standards. Why are we punishing people who choose to work, to make great efforts to stay in this country, and who embody individual achievement? Immigration reform should be of particular importance to those of us who were not only lucky enough to be born here, but also understand and appreciate the principles on which America was founded.