Why is it that the question is never asked.
Do we have enough jobs in America for our citizens?
Organizer Sadaf Raza is from a Pakistani Muslim family. She will graduate from the University of Arkansas in May with plans to go to law school. She spoke about visa issues those coming from Muslim countries — especially children — face in the United States and about the hatred she has personally faced.
Indians offer skills that American companies want, and American employers have turned to the nonimmigrant H-1B visa to import them, she said.
More than 300,000 Indians — including children — are waiting for permanent residency cards as of June 2015, the latest year official data on H-1B visas is available. An H-4 visa is issued to dependent family members of H1 visa holders.
Those who have been in the process since 2008 are just now getting their green cards, Raza said. This is really important for the children that come on H4, because if they don’t have a green card approved by the age of 21, then they aren’t eligible for residency and will have to leave, she said.
“It’s a lot like the situation Dreamers are put in, because they live their whole lives here and they don’t know what is going to happen,” she said.
The United States is a scarier place for Muslims now than it was after the Sept. 11 attacks, she said.
“Let’s call it what it is, a Muslim ban, not a travel ban. I’m sorry I am really passionate about this; actually, I’m really not sorry,” Raza said, tearing up, as the audience applauded. “The reason I am crying right now is because I am thinking of all the Syrian children that were gassed to death and did not have the opportunity to come here; and my family in Pakistan and if that would have happened to them, I would be broken.
“You need to have the same empathy as a candidate. You need to know what is going on.”
The contribution of immigrants in the United States and Arkansas was also a focus of Saturday’s conversations.
“Immigrants do their share,” Esquival said to the audience. “You are seeing immigrants, undocumented too, being business owners, taxpayers, neighbors. They are such an important part of Arkansas. I think that is important to take into account. They are the ones that make this are diverse and into a thriving community.”
As you can see, we have fewer people working now than we did in 2000.
American citizens like myself, that have the skills that Sadaf says we do not, have had our future destroyed so that people not born here, can have a future.
As an American Citizen, I believe that is wrong.