Democratic Senator Dick Blumenthal said the idea of chain migration is part of “the American ideal” and believes those who are against it are betraying a “fundamental American value.”
“This idea of family reunification is part of the American ideal. It’s the immigrant’s story. And we all know it. It’s part of our lives. And betraying that fundamental American value is something that we cannot tolerate,” Blumenthal said Tuesday on CNN’s “New Day.” “We cannot make the dreamers a blank check for a nativist far right now fringe agenda.”
“Let me just add a personal point here, Chris, if I may,” the Connecticut senator said. “My father came to this country in 1935. He was 17 years old. He had not much more than the shirt on his back. He spoke no English. He knew virtually no one. He was escaping persecution in Germany. He borrowed $10,000, at that point a fortune for a penniless German refugee and brought over his parents and his three siblings.”
“Look. I hear you,” Cuomo replied. “And there’s no question it’s been grossly exaggerated as chain migration. And this idea that it goes on forever is demonstrably false. The backlog of spousal and child documentation cases proves that.”
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