The broken immigration policy of this country does not aim to allow for immigrants whose professional or financial qualifications make them the primary candidates for invitation to become U.S. residents. Instead, it is those who can slip in to this country, usually destitude, and ready to attach to the government's teet, who are welcome in today's America. In fact I know this first hand as my mother-in-law, who was legitimately entitled to residency was given hell of a time (and whose files were lost after a costly and lengthy period of "processing"), got so disgusted that she went back to her native country. But that is a story for a different occasion.
How did America become the success story that no other nation could emulate in the grand scale that she accomplished? The short and simple answer is its founding principles, which served as the principal magnet for millions of immigrants who left behind everything just for the opportunity to excel in a free society in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
They came to escape oppression - both political as well as economic. As they risked everything, they had nothing to lose other than the chains that were holding them back in their old homes. So, they worked hard and expected nothing but the full fruits of their labor. They invented, innovated, and produced like no one ever did. As a result, they became the key drivers of the wealthiest nation that ever existed.
Today, and for the last half century, we have the same economic refugees as well. However, these are primarily refugees with a twist: ones who are coming to the U.S. because of the welfare society that it is fast becoming. Just as Western Europe is attracting Middle Eastern and African refugees (thanks to the generous benefits they provide) who are draining their coffers, the United States is attracting leaches from primarily Latin and Carribean countries.
The main force behind encouraging these immigrants is none other than the U.S. government. From insisting that the Embassy and the government of Mexico inform its citizens of the goodies they are entitled to last year, to the U.S.C.I.S.'s web site, the progressive policies adopted by this government are assuring that they (Democrats primarily) can count on their votes come election time. It is a recipe for disaster.
American dream is no longer the opportunity this country offers to entrepreneurs and professionals, but rather what people conditioned to recieve government benefits can get from Uncle Sam. Just like the great Roman Empire self destructed, the great American experiment is also headed for a disastrous conclusion, and that disastrous end is finally in sight. God help our children!