INS has no choice

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, January 07, 2005

I have a whole different point of view on the recent letters to the editor regarding immigration laws and deportation. I don't want to get into whether it's right or wrong - obviously it would be a huge deal to have your family split apart over immigration law.

Both my wife and I have immigrated in the last seven years. I immigrated from Canada in 1998 and my wife is going through the process in the United States now.

As people immigrating, we took the steps of getting to know our immigration officers and finding out what we could and couldn't do. I was stuck at home for approximately seven months when I moved to Canada waiting for a work permit. I couldn't work there, nor could I return to Alaska and work while my paperwork was being processed. My wife had to support me for that period of time - not an ideal situation for someone who wants to work.

My wife has had the same experience here since I returned to Alaska. I was the sole source of income for 10 months until the paperwork was finally done and she got her green card. What a relief.

My point is, there are people who follow the law and take the steps necessary to be able to work legally in other countries, and people who do the same here in the United States. It's not impossible, though it is inconvenient, frustrating and poses temporary financial burdens.

While I agree it is a terrible thing for the Guillen family to be split up and I feel sympathetic to their situation, I also think that the Immigration and Naturalization Service really has no choice on what to do with him. The laws have to apply equally to everyone or they don't work.

Adam Berg


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