“Our immigration system should celebrate diversity, not avoid it, and should allow families to stay together,” John S. Yang of Value Our Families, a family immigration advocacy group, said in a release responding to the closures. “We cannot allow Trump’s xenophobic strategy to dictate our immigration laws.”
March 28, 2019
According to data from the Homeland Security Department, about 750,000 of more than 1.1 million people who obtained green cards in 2017 did so through family relations. Trump’s plan called for limiting family-based green cards to spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and green card holders, a dramatic cut.
February 6, 2019
The Associated Press
[Family-based immigration has] really been a consistent strand in American immigration history that families are the vehicle for integrating Americans into American society, and helping immigrants be productive members of American society. It's not enough to come to this country with a diploma. It's not enough to come with a particular skill set. You have to have people help you become part of American society. And many of the "immigrant success stories" we have are people who came with relatively few resources, or not necessarily stereotypically high education levels, but [succeeded] because there was a family standing behind them.
January 10, 2019
Some family-based immigrants are more at risk than others — less than a quarter of recent Indian immigrants had incomes below the 250 percent threshold, while nearly two-thirds of recent Chinese immigrants and more than two-thirds of recent Mexican immigrants did. So the composition of legal immigration to the US could be in the balance.
Dec 10, 2018
"The greatest workers we have are given greater incentive if their family members are allowed to join them in the United States," Wildes said. "The greatest risk-takers in the world have been foreign nationals that eventually become citizens themselves.
"They will work so much harder knowing that their loved ones are either en route or by their side, and this has been the hallmark of our family unification that our founding fathers envisioned."