DIASPORA VOICES

02/01/2018

Dear Congress,

As your constituents we are greatly concerned about the developments in the immigration debate pertaining to DACA. We have grave concern about the decision by President Trump and republicans to create a crisis out of DACA and then use it as a bargaining chip to curtail legal immigration avenues.

We strongly oppose the idea of sacrificing the diversity lottery set forth by the Immigration Act of 1990 and preventing people from sponsoring their immediate family to immigrate to the US. Though we support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) being passed and having a path to citizenship for those children, it shouldn’t be at the expense of other key provisions.

The republicans have not been discreet about their intentions to restrict legal immigration from what President Trump characterized as Shit-hole countries. America is a nation of immigrants and though we don’t condone illegal immigration, there should be avenues to welcome refugees and individuals with hopes and aspiration for a better life and the pursuit of happiness.

Through the diversity lottery, immigrants from Africa who lack the financial resources to compete in the merit-based highly skilled employment visa programs such as H1B and EB-5 immigrant Investor  programs have at least a narrow window of opportunity.

Though the founders of the diversity lottery had intentions of primarily  reviving dwindling European immigration, it has over the years truly become about diversity and is in dire need of political defenders. The 50,000 visas per year offer an opportunity to countries that don’t send many people to the United States, lack family ties, financial wealth, current job offers or suffering from a humanitarian crisis. These individuals immigrate on the premise of hope for a better future and bring to America that work ethic, enterprise, innovation and fire to climb the ladder of prosperity.

We recommend that:

  • The Senator pledges his support to preserve and save legal immigration including the Diversity lottery.
  • Vote “No” on a DACA deal that includes eliminating the diversity lottery and chain migration.  
  • Stand up for the many immigrant constituents that contribute greatly to the economy, pay taxes and create jobs in Maryland.

Thank you for your consideration and support of diversity.

Sincerely,

Dr. Busuulwa Daniel Kawuma