The following is the text from a letter that I'm sending to each of my congressional representatives. I'm also sending copies the letter to my family and friends. And I encurage all who agree with my position to do the same:
"In regards to the government’s plan to enact an immigration reform bill, I am sending you this letter on behalf of my sister in-law. Hye Kyung Kang, a South Korean Native.
Her sister (my wife), Hye Jung Williams’ petition (USCIS Form I-130/Immigrant Petition for a Relative) for her to emigrate from South Korea to this country has been approved with a Category F4 priority date of May 21, 2005. Please see enclosure 1. She is now on a visa waiting list to join us here in Virginia. However, according to the Visa Bulletin at enclosure 2, visas are currently being processed for Category F4-approved Immigrants with priority dates on or before April 22, 2001. She has now been on the waiting nearly eight years; and at the current rate of visas issued, it will be another five years before one is issued to her.
And that’s OK; providing that not even one undocumented alien who violated this nation’s law by illegally entering this country or overstaying a legally-issued tourist or work visa is issued a Green Card before all of those with an approved Form I-130. That issue is the urgency that prompted me to write this letter. I’m sure that not only my wife and I, but every American Naturalized Citizen with an approved Form I-30 for a family member to immigrate here would consider that unimaginable, unconscionable and unacceptable Therefore, I cannot imagine that you and your congressional colleagues would disagree that it is indisputably your responsibility and duty to ensure that never happen. It would also be unimaginable, unconscionable and unacceptable if you and your congressional colleagues would allow illegals to remain in this country while they are awaiting issue of a Green Card under a so-called ‘Path-to-Citizenship Program’, unless however, you are willing to make the following two exceptions for those who chose to abide by our immigration law, and already have approved Forms I-130:
First Include in the reform bill an article that would allow them to join their sponsor/benefactor here under an expedited temporary or extended tourist or immigration visa, pending final approval of a permanent immigration visa and Green Card. Such an article would negate or mitigate the unjust and unfair advantage illegals already have over them just by being allowed to stay here enjoying the benefit of employment and the companionship of family members and friends. They have no approved benefactor/sponsor; and many have become financial and lawless burdens to our cities and states.
Second: Also include in the bill, authorization for them to seek employment while waiting for their permanent immigration visa and green card.
Notwithstanding the advantage illegal immigrants irrefutably urrently have over law abiding immigrants discussed above, it is absolutely unimaginable and unconscionable that neither President Obama, nor any congressional official have even brought into the discussion a plan to negate or mitigate the unjust and unfair advantage illegals already enjoy over them, by rewarding them for patiently waiting to legally enter this country. Yet, all the talk is about giving illegals “A Path to Citizenship?” It makes one wonder what has happened to integrity, logical thinking, common sense and empathy among our leaders. However, if deportation of illegals back to their country is going to be a requirement for them to seek citizenship at the back of the line of those for which Forms I-130 are awaiting approval, not those that have been approved, as with the case of my sister in-law; then there would be no need or justification to include in the reform bill the two exceptions discussed above.
I am also sending this letter to President Obama, Virginia Senators, TV networks and The Daily Press. It will also appear as a blog on the major social networks. This is without question an issue deserving nationwide priority, publicity, and positive concerted action. I have no doubt that all naturalized citizens across this country who have submitted Forms I-130 for family members to immigrate here are already angry, disgusted and frustrated with our leaders for allowing this undocumented immigrant mess to occur again. And I’m sure that all other citizens of integrity, empathy and non-biased political views support them. Remember the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986? It was supposed to be a-one-time deal that granted legal status to about three million illegal immigrants. However, because border security has not been adequately upgraded and enforced as mandated in that reform act, here we go again, only this time far worse than before! The bottom line is that no legislation should be enacted that would give illegal immigrants a single advantage over those for whom their naturalized family member citizens have submitted Forms I-130.
Since I have not engaged in any subjective or political rhetoric in stating and defending my position on this matter, I certainly deserve and expect no less of a response from anyone who choose to disagree.