The Salt Lake Tribune reported on a immigrant couple who have tried to follow all the necessary rules to become U.S. citizens. It is a good example of how broken the legal immigration system is. This couple has worked hard to become part of their community and have a naturalized son. I don’t think they are asking to be treated specially, simply fairly, and that is not what the existing system is giving them.
What caught my eye is the Hatch response to the situation has been muted. Where our Senior Senator could help a Utahn in need, it is slow in coming due to the “political” ramifications. Although Senator Hatch has worked to extend residency for legal immigrants, he has done very little to fix the bureaucratic system that law-abiding immigrants have to jump through to attain citizenship. It must be like taxes, he needs to be chair of the finance committee to actually get anything done.
Hatch’s spokeswoman Heather Barney states that this kind of action is reserved for, “Life or death situations.” Maybe that means bringing the U.S Congress into your family hospital room decisions. Thankfully there is a way we can find out. According to GovTrack here are some current life or death situations:
S. 3047: A bill to reduce temporarily the duty on unit asy-battery hi volt.
S. 3048: A bill to reduce temporarily the duty on certain transaxles.
S. 3049: A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on shield asy-steering gear.
S. 3045: A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on converter asy.
S. 3050: A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on booster and master cyl asy-brake.
S. 3044: A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on hydraulic control units.
S. 3046: A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on module and bracket asy-power steering.