The latest move by Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), James Lankford (R-OK), and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) to ramp up “chain migration” levels is a stark reminder of how out of touch some lawmakers are with the American people. Their bill aims to pump up family-based green cards by 32,000 annually, essentially opening the floodgates for endless foreign relatives to resettle in the U.S. simply because they have a connection to a naturalized citizen.
This will clearly exacerbate an already problematic immigration system that prioritizes distant familial ties over the nation’s economic needs and security concerns.
President Joe Biden’s endorsement of this chain migration expansion is equally troubling. He claims the bill aligns with the “values of our nation,” yet fails to acknowledge the widespread opposition from the American public. Chain migration currently accounts for nearly 65 percent of all legal immigration to the U.S., fundamentally altering the fabric of American cities and towns with little regard for the consequences. From 2013 to 2022, over 6.4 million legal immigrants were brought into the U.S. through this policy, including nearly two million extended family members of naturalized citizens.
This is about the sustainability of our immigration system and the integrity of our national identity. Each new legal immigrant sponsors an average of three foreign relatives for green cards, creating an endless cycle of migration that is largely opposed by the American electorate. According to a Rasmussen Reports survey, a whopping 63 percent of likely voters believe naturalized citizens should only be allowed to sponsor their minor children and spouses, not their entire extended family. This sentiment spans across party lines, with the majority of Republicans, swing voters, and even 51 percent of Democrats opposing the current chain migration policy.
The push for this legislation is a direct affront to the will of the American people. It prioritizes the desires of a few over the concerns of the many, undermining the principles of controlled, merit-based immigration. As conservatives, we must stand firm against this expansion of chain migration and advocate for policies that put America and its citizens first. It’s time for our lawmakers to listen to their constituents and reform our immigration system in a way that respects the rule of law, promotes economic prosperity, and preserves the American way of life.