Regarding the recent [Weaverville] raid, I see that targeting honest people, affecting families and leaving the true criminals free on our streets is unacceptable, particularly in this phase of the election year. I see that politicians want to give the impression that the law is been enforced—while what they are really after are the votes of those folks who might feel more secure with the “number” of deportations.
Why haven’t policymakers done the right thing—provide a safe and legal way for people to work here for a period of months? Why not figure out a way for them to work legally and then go back to their countries, avoiding their hiding or using illegal ways to work here? Why haven’t the authorities acted against the true criminals that are smuggling and exploiting people under such costly and harsh conditions?
Sixty-five thousand visas per year is a ridiculous [number] when the labor demand is as at least 12 times higher. Our immigration system is broken, and we should fix it soon under this globalized society.
Opening a legal path for good people to participate with us [and] giving them a driver’s license would bring them out of the shadows and offer all of us a safer and stronger nation.
— Ricardo Greeley