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A Distorted Argument Based on Fear Against Family Immigration and the Visa Lottery by the Head of a FAIR Affiliated Group, Part !. Roger Algase

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Dale Wilcox, the executive director and general counsel of the Immigration Law Reform Law Institute, has published an article in The Hill laying out arguments against both the diversity visa lottery and family immigration (which he calls by the pejorative term "chain migration"). The article is entitled:"The visa lottery and chain migration both give Americans the shaft."

http://thehill.com/opinion/immigrati...cans-the-shaft

This article is worth examining in some detail, because it is a classic example of how the arguments against family immigration and the visa lottery, both of which benefit immigrants primarily from non-white parts of the world, are based on distortion and fear, rather than objective facts.

While there is no evidence that Mr. Wilcox is himself a white nationalist, and I do not intend to make any such suggestion, the organization he heads, according to a note at the end of his article, is listed by ballotpedia.org as a supporting organization for FAIR, (Federation for Immigration Reform)

https://ballotpedia.org/Immigration_..._Law_Institute

According to an investigative report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), FAIR was founded by an avowed white supremacist, John Tanton, and several of its officers or staff members have allegedly been connected with white supremacist advocates or groups over the years.

https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-h...gration-reform

With the above as background, let us look at the arguments which Mr. Wilcox advances against family immigration and the diversity visa lottery.

First, Wilcox tries to tie both "chain migration" and the visa lottery to the New York City terror attack, even though tens of millions millions of peaceful, law abiding immigrants have come to the US through family visas and contributed to American society over the past 50 years, and the same can be said for more than a million immigrants, mostly from Asia, Africa and Latin America, who have come to the US through the DV lottery since it was established in 1994 (as the successor to the AA-1 lottery which was mainly limited to white Europeans and which FAIR never complained about, to the best of my knowledge).

There is no evidence whatsoever that the DV lottery is a vehicle for terrorists or that it is used by terrorists. The NYC suspect had no terror connections when he entered with a DV visa as a child or young person, and he was evidently radicalized in the US, not overseas.

Wilcox claims that the suspect brought 23 relatives with him to the United States. Aside from the fact that this is not the way the DV lottery works, since beneficiaries can only bring their spouses or children, Wilcox does not cite any alleged wrongdoing by any of the "23 relatives" that the NYC suspect allegedly brought with him.

No one assumes that the relatives of the Las Vegas shooting massacre suspect are all mass murderers themselves, or that all white American-born males have violent criminal propensities just because the mass killer suspect did. Why should similar assumptions be made about DV or family visa immigrants?

And yet Wilcox says that the charge that DV and family immigration are "irresponsible gateways for dangerous individuals to enter the country and harm Americans" is "legitimate"

It is not legitimate.

Wilcox, then, seizing on what he does not show to be anything more than isolated instances, claims that both the green card lottery and family immigration in general are subject to fraud and abuse. This is a time-worn argument against immigration in general that immigration opponents have been using for the past half century, ever since the 1965 reform that abolished the Europe-only immigration quotas of the 1924 "national origins" law was enacted.

I will look at this argument in more detail in a forthcoming comment.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 11-20-2017 at 08:39 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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