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Alaska is a state of immigrants.
There are 100 languages spoken in the state’s largest school district. When taking into consideration Native languages, of which the state recorded 20 at statehood, and that most other Alaskans spoke English at the time, the statistics show a significant immigrant population.
The figures also show what a keen interest the state’s people likely have in the topic of immigration.
President Donald Trump made it a key point of his campaign for the presidency, rallying crowds with his promise to build a wall on the United States’ border with Mexico.
Trump’s passion for the wall and restructuring the nation’s immigration system to reflect a welcoming line for those who want to come here legally helped to win him the election. Legal immigrants also should be law-abiding immigrants.
The president, like most Americans, would prefer to keep criminal immigrants off of U.S. soil. Even in the United States, Americans jail criminals.
Trump has been meeting this week with a bipartisan congressional delegation to discuss immigration. He wants to deal with border security, family based “chain migration,” the visa lottery and the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) policy.
Trump ended the DACA policy, which shielded more than 700,000 people from deportation and gave them the right to work here legally. Congress was given until March to come up with another way of handling children here as a result of their parents bringing them here illegally.
The visa lottery strives to ensure diversity in immigration, which gives immigrants from particular countries preference. And chain migration deals with unifying families by allowing new immigrants/lawful residents to petition for visas for their immediate relatives.
Following this week’s meeting, the congressional members in attendance commented favorably about their interaction with Trump and their shared goals, according to The Associated Press.
It sounds like he wants to check immigration off the to-do list; as do they.
The main goal should be policy that is fair to all and that is enforced by those with the responsibility to do so. Enforcement, or lack of enforcement, which is becoming a bigger concern in the United States on a number of issues, makes or breaks a policy.