During the State of the Union, President Trump stated that he wanted to work with both Democrats and Republicans to put together an Immigration Bill. One of his proposed changes to immigration involves the “Family Reunification Program.” This program allows immigrants to apply to have their family members brought to the United States. The president wants to limit this to parents and children. In other words, brothers, sisters, and grandparents could no longer legally join family already legally living in the United States.
When President Trump speaks of family reunification, he uses the term “chain migration,” a term many consider derogatory and dehumanizing. The reason is that African Americans were forcibly brought to the United States in chains. Then they were placed on blocks and sold in chains. If they were brave enough to escape their masters, blood hounds sniffed them out, and they were brought back to the plantation dragged behind a wagon in chains.
President Trump: If you are truly interested in compromise, will you please speak about other people in respectful terms?
Priscilla Herzog, Atascadero
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