Friday, August 24, 2007

a solution?

I was and still am disturbed at how we treat the children of illegals who have over stayed their visas to remain in the US, so I wrote to Senator Mel Martinez today and offered him a solution. He probably won't pay attention, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

The text is here:

I propose a solution to the problem of children of illegals who have overstayed their visas.

We have a critical shortage of teachers in the USA. We also have thousands of children who have attended and graduated from US highschools but are not unable to get a college degree because of their immigration status.

Instead of deporting these potentially talented students, whose parents overstayed their visa and have been caught up in a legal quagmire, to a country they now find foreign to them, can't we initiate legislation that creates teachers? Why import foreign workers when we have a potential supply of American educated workers right here?

Let the students who wish to stay in the USA legally apply to specific private colleges (say Carlos Albizu Univ. in Miami) for a 4 year degree in Elementary Education or Math/Science or Special Education. Give these students a special student visa, renewable based on good college standing to complete their degree and then grant them "special worker status" to teach in the USA. Specify that they must agree to remain in the teaching profession in the state of FL for 2 years for each year they were in University getting their degree. (so we get their talents for a period of 8 years) Finally grant them the ability to apply for permanent resident status once they have graduated with their degree.

This program could also work for nursing degree programs. Why import nurses from foreign countries when we can train and then utilize an American educated group of students who would otherwise be deported?

I think this would be a humanitarian solution to the deportation of college age children whose only crime was that their parents broke the law.


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