Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Why Can’t These People Immigrate the Right Way?

October 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Greg McLawsen

There you are again — in the seemingly interminable TSA line at SeaTac. All that stands between you and a Hawaiian vacation is this snaking queue of grouchy travelers.

You notice that it’s all families in this line. Obnoxious, smooching newlyweds. Dads with operatic babies in tow. Siblings off to a family reunion. You’re all going to be stuck in this line for a good, long time.

In the U.S. system, most immigrants are stuck in a similar, long queue made up of families. The vast majority of immigrants gain legal residence through family-based petitions. The smooching newlyweds have it relatively easy....

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