Law discriminates against alien retirees

info@islandpacket.comJuly 15, 2013 

It's a good thing that the Senate immigration bill allows Canadian retirees to stay in the U.S. for eight months (up from six months.) But our immigration law would still discriminate against seniors who want to live in the U.S. permanently.

How about letting retired folks who have the means to support themselves and contribute to the U.S. economy stay legally in the United States? It's unbelievable that Canadians, as well as other retired non-Americans with no criminal record, are banned from living permanently in the U.S. That's right. There exists no legal path for retired aliens to live in the United States.

How about a means test to determine who can support themselves and contribute to the economy and allow them to stay here? Working-class immigrants can get a green card, but U.S. immigration law discriminates against retirees. You must be able to work to get a green card. People who own property in the U.S. pay taxes, can afford to support themselves, pay for private health insurance, yet may not live permanently in the U.S. or become U.S. citizens. Where is the logic in a system that rewards poverty, but punishes old people with assets? Sounds like age and wealth discrimination to me.

Let's get fair and logical immigration reform.

Cara Fortney

Hilton Head Island

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