Read up! Trump

I hesitate to give Donald Trump any space in my humble blog.

But then again, I am not more special than him or anyone else, which takes me to say the truest of truths:

Immigrants are not criminals. They are not murderers, rapists, thieves or any of the like. Immigrants are immigrants. Just that. And that is the only generalization that is acceptable.

All Mexicans, Russians, Japanese, and Canadians who leave their countries do so for many and varied valid reasons. So it really does not matter if Trump believes Mexicans or all immigrants are criminals. It will not change a reality, that is, that immigrants come for a better future offered by all the American Dream business but most importantly, this: more native-born U.S. nationals are prone to be criminals than the foreign-born. Read up Trump

So let's not generalize, let's not continue building walls, because those same walls may close on you if you ever seek to escape.

And of course, Read up Trump!, nothing sits still. Your great grandchildren may not be fortunate enough to have all the money you have, and they may be called "criminals" by a "rich" man with bad hair if they ever looked for prosperity in a foreign country. How would you like that?

By Carem Corvaia, Esq. 




Why do we need Immigration Reform?

In 1996 Congress made its last effort to strengthen and streamline U.S. immigration laws, that is, Congress enacted The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). Since then, there has not been a significant effort to update immigration laws.

Let's talk numbers, in 1996 1.9% of the population was composed of undocumented immigrants. Fifteen years later, in 2011, the number grew to 3.7%, that is almost 11,500,000 people in the U.S. are undocumented immigrants. (Jan. 12, 2004 and Mar. 2012, US Department of Homeland Security).

Even if one was to swiftly and wrongly assume that the undocumented immigrant population growth was a cause of the 1996 effort, it is undeniable that our landscape now is very different than in 1996, whatever the reason may be. 

Now, let's talk numbers about our nation's immigrant population. Since the 1900s until 2010, approximately 12% of our entire population was born outside of the U.S. (with only a period in the 1990s when the percentage dropped to 5%). So after all we are a nation built by immigrants.  

Thus, while it is a priority and an extremely important reality that the U.S.government has a responsibility too keep out those who hurt the country's stability, it is also a reality that U.S. Immigration laws need to respond to what our reality has become after 18 years of keeping immigration laws stagnant. That reality is that there are more undocumented immigrants now than when Congress last looked at immigration laws, and those numbers beg for a solution for the sake of prosperity and security of the U.S.

Why do I think there are more undocumented immigrants, you may ask. My opinion is that when one is faced with no options to remain legal - even if only temporary-, pay taxes and contribute to society, one turns to illegality out of desperation. And that is what current immigration laws do to the foreign-born. 

Case in point, U.S. immigration laws ignore that most immigrants have contributed to our economy, our growth, our power. It  keeps born-abroad engineers, professionals, and young students out of the U.S. (after educating themselves in the U.S. and paying exorbitant fees in U.S. universities, which creates jobs as well) by placing them on a lottery visa system that ultimately kicks them out. Students and professionals are left with little to no legal options to work and give back to the U.S. It is undisputedly counter-productive for the U.S. economy not to allow them to give their talent and effort to the U.S. economy.

Too much talent is being wasted to other countries, resentment is building up, and reality is that job opportunities are not getting better for U.S. born candidates.

The problem is not immigrants, because we are a nation of immigrants. The problem is the outdated laws that force them into illegality. The undocumented immigrant numbers will keep rising if Congress does not make an effort to fix the problem. The illegality of immigrants is the real threat because their jobs and salaries are not monitored, leaving the U.S. economy hanging dry. The foreign-born properly documented immigrant and U.S. citizens are left without a shot at competing with low unregulated wages. The U.S. loses because of its own immigration laws.

So, why is immigration reform is important? Because the U.S. economy will fail if immigration laws are not reformed. 

The current immigration law system has already failed a great number of law abiding, talented and professional individuals, leaving them in the shadows of illegality or forcing them out of the U.S. 

Congress must update current laws to protect U.S. borders and create programs for individuals educated in the U.S. so that the foreign-born continue to build positive things for this great country, not harm it. Immigration reform works for the U.S., it just makes sense.

By: Carem Corvaia, Esq.


You can do it

I start this blog by being grateful for my growth, my experiences, my education and all the times I said I can do it. I will post my thoughts, my love for positive thinking, and most importantly my two cents on our U.S. immigration system reality.

Before I begin what I expect to be a wonderful blog-journey, I'll let you know a little bit about me: I was born in Venezuela to loving and crazy parents. I lived in a middle class home with three siblings, and many financial ups and downs. I had a goal to live in the U.S. because most my inspiration to help people came from movies and songs made in the U.S. (of course, my family is and was my first inspiration). After many movies and misspoken lyrics, I decided that I should begin by learning the English language. So I began memorizing lyrics and movie dialogues so that I could speak English even if I had no clue what I was saying ("1,2,3,4 come on baby say you love me!"), after all, how can I live in a country without communicating with their people.   

Today, after a few obstacles, library filled days, tests, celebrations, tears and sweat later, I can tell you that whatever you want to do, do it! Because if want it enough, and I mean really want it with every part of you, you will be able to do it. So, just do it! (yes, I know, that's not my slogan, but those three words work - I promise). And most importantly, if you are already doing it, keep pushing! there's so many ways to improve and do it better. 

Lastly, I leave you with my plug: if it is related to your move to the U.S., you can do it! so feel free to comment with your immigration questions, I promise to bring out the real -and mostly- the positive side of U.S. immigration to help you reach your goals.

Carem Corvaia, Esq.