Kris Pak of K@W Poses Real Questions about Adoptees and Current Immigration Bill

Thanks to Kris Pak of the Korean Adoptees Worldwide listserv for posting this response to the recent proposed immigration bill on the table. I think she brings up some very real consequences for the thousands of adoptees who are not naturalized in the U.S.

By Kris Pak

Everyone who is in the US should be contacting their Senators to tell them
that this “bargain” is too costly-don’t support the proposal.

The “Grand Bargain” that is being proposed as law right now is not a
favorable solution for immigrants either documented or undocumented. The
worst part will be the “touch back provision” that requires people to
petition for legalization from their countries of origin. Do I really have
to spell out the implications for international adoptees whose parents
failed to get their status’ straight? The $5000 in fines is prohibitive for
most people and will especially burden families with more than person who
wants to change their status. The guest-worker Z Visa program will put many
people in a very dangerously exploitative position with their employers
because immigrants will be deportable if they EVER are unemployed. What will
that mean for their children born here? More adoptable kids available? Hmmm.

The bill also will establish English as the official language of the United
States. This could mean that ethnic stores and business will be required to
use only English, that church services in other languages could be deemed to
be illegal, and media in non-English languages could be shut down. This
would also supercede the official bilingual status in New Mexico which is
officially English and Spanish since it joined the union and became a state
and Hawaii.

How are immigrants supposed to learn English? Online. Not easy if you don’t
have a computer or if you have a disability.

Finally, the end of the ability for citizens and green card holders to
sponsor family immigration may have grave consequences for all of us but
international adoptees, especially men often marry immigrant or second
generation non-adopted women from their countries. This bill is bad and it
is NOT amnesty. (I wish that it were! With the same POSITIVE results as the
1986 amnesty.)

Just as a point for one of the largest group of adoptive parents and
adoptees: The FIRST immigration laws passed were all to stop immigration
from China to the U.S. This includes of course, the Chinese Exclusion Act
AND in 1904 the first border patrol was established to stop CHINESE from
crossing the Mexican/U.S. border.


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