THE world welcomes tourists and students, even in Greece where tourists might as well be demi-gods.
But immigrants and foreign workers in Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and North America including the United States are seen as competitors, taking jobs that are supposed to be for citizens.
Donald Trump has moved the notch higher by opening his 2016 presidential campaign with an “epic rant against Mexican immigrants.”
“They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. They’re rapists,” the New York real estate mogul was reported to have said. To soften the blow, Trump added, “Some, I assume, are good people.”
Expanding the scope of his diatribe, Trump went on to tell CNN that immigrants in general are a threat to Americans.
“You have people coming in, and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists and they’re coming into this country,” Mr. Trump said.
If Donald had been as careful in generalizations as he does with his hair-do, and if he bothered to check facts, he would have known that legal immigrants, those applying for immigrant visas to the United States on Family sponsorships or sponsored by employers in various categories, are subject to and must meet admissibility requirements before they are issued their immigrant visas.
Admission into the US through petitions or sponsorships require both the petitioner and the person being sponsored (visa beneficiary) to complete petition and visa application forms which specifically ask if the intending immigrant has ever been charged, committed, admitted to or been convicted of a crime.
The DS 260 Immigrant Visa Application form completed by visa beneficiaries requires the applicant to disclose if he or she is someone who has been “convicted of, or who admits having committed, a crime involving moral turpitude or violation of any law relating to a controlled substance or who is the spouse, son or daughter of such a trafficker who knowingly has benefited from the trafficking activities in the past five years; who has been convicted of two or more offenses for which the aggregate sentences were five years or more; who is coming to the United States to engage in prostitution or commercialized vice or who has engaged in prostitution or procuring within the past 10 years; who is or has been an illicit trafficker in any controlled substance; who has committed a serious criminal offense in the United States and who has asserted immunity from prosecution; who, while serving as a foreign government official, was responsible for or directly carried out particularly severe violations of religious freedom; or whom the President has identified as a person who plays a significant role in a severe form of trafficking in persons, who otherwise has knowingly aided, abetted, assisted or colluded with such a trafficker in severe forms of trafficking in persons, or who is the spouse, son or daughter of such a trafficker who knowingly has benefited from the trafficking activities within the past five years.”
Checking the “Yes” box would require the applicant to explain and be subject to visa refusal. Even if there is a relief such as applying for a waiver of inadmissibility, the applicant would generally still be required to provide evidence that refusal of the visa application will result in extreme hardship to a qualified citizen or permanent resident relative.
Committing a crime, especially aggravated felonies such as murder, rape or manslaughter renders an aspiring or intending immigrant inadmissible.
Visa applicants who have been deported from the US for overstaying or other immigration violations are also subject to either excludability (not being allowed to enter during immigration inspection at a port of entry) or inadmissibility.
The following categories of aliens (those who were issued a temporary or permanent visas to the US) will not be allowed to enter the US: “An alien who failed to attend a hearing on deportation or inadmissibility within the last five years; who seeks or has sought a visa, entry into the United States, or any immigration benefit by fraud or misrepresentation; who knowingly assisted any other alien to enter or try to enter the United States in violation of law; who, after November 30, 1996, attended in student (F) visa status a U.S. public elementary school or who attended a US public secondary school without reimbursing the school; or who is subject to a civil penalty under INA 274C.”