Actually, I didn’t miss about trying to do it properly. There are a lot of people who have gone through the process, and similarly, hired scum and lost money. I sympathize. There are plenty of people out there who prey on others for a quick buck.
However, you don’t just throw your hands in the air and say, “Oh well. I was cheated. Time to give up.” And that was my point. The guy, having nicely received an education at the taxpayer’s expense, can work at becoming legal.
The family may have the foresight to have escaped Venezuela, but did they do it legally? The so-called line IS long. Millions want to be here to partake in what they see as a better life. Does this mean you come illegally and butt in front? Our LEGAL immigration system is actually quite generous when compared to most of the western nations, averaging a million new LEGAL immigrants a year. This does NOT mean that Escalante deserves a place further in line because his family did not arrive legally.
Perhaps I’m wrong. Perhaps his family DID arrive legally, but I would doubt it, based on the essay. Ironically, they could probably more readily obtain refuge status from a repressive regime now.
Mr. Escalante is not owed anything — DACA or not. I was one of the fortunate people to have been born here, from generations-old immigrant families. My great grandfather did not expect anything special when he came through Ellis Island. No handouts. No special exceptions. He had $200 in his pocket, and during his life, made a life, business and success of himself. He came legally.
No one seeks to deprive Mr. Escalante of anything. Rather, he must earn the right to be here. And that means making himself legal, his parents notwithstanding.