My husband came to the United States in 1994. He has been here for 18 years, working and pursuing the American dream. He left everything he knew for a better life.
He came here with a Computer Engineering degree from Honduras and worked as dish washer in Idaho. He started at the bottom and worked his way up, even though he had a college education, he had to submit to a lower wage and a lower way of living, all because of the immigration system in this country. Now, 17 years later, we are married and trying to get him a green card. He lost his 94 number and we are currently applying for a replacement.
It has been an uphill battle for him from the beginning and for us for the last 1.5 years. The immigration system is a broken bottomless money pit. Their records are not up-to-date or linked in an efficient way. There is no reason why they should not be able to easily access his information and issue a green card to him. He meets all of the residency requirements. He has never left this country since he got here- this means he had to miss both of his grandparents funerals and can not go home when his mother is ill or needs him.
The politics of immigration lack empathy and compassion. We need a congress that will pass humane laws. Immigration has built this country and will continue to build this country if it is allowed to continue. If people stop coming here because of the lack of opportunities for immigrants, this country will go down hill fast. My husband is brilliant. Everyone comes to him for computer and website advice. He is the smartest person I have even known. He has an entrepreneurial spirit. He defines the American Dream. He defines American.