What Is Family “Chain” Migration?
Legally known as a “family preference immigration,” the term “chain migration” is a racially tinged, political phrase used by anti-immigrant hardliners. It is a derogatory term, similar to the term “anchor baby” which is used to describe U.S. citizen children of immigrants.
“Family-based immigration, is the movement of individual people from one place to the next, then bringing their immediate family to live with them. It has been the legal migration pattern since the founding of our country.
Ellis Island is a symbol of family-based immigration migration. One out of three Americans can trace their ancestors from Ellis Island, including Trump.
The One Question Every Journalist Should Be Asking When They Talk About Family-Based “Chain” Migration
Ask every proponent of “ending chain migration” whether they’d be here if not for family-based migration.
Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist and activist who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child, will publish his debut memoir “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen”