I couldn’t agree more with Genevieve Wood in her recent Daily Signal commentary entitled, “4 Keys to the Immigration Reform We Need.” https://www.dailysignal.com/2019/04/29/4-keys-to-the-immigration-reform-we-need/
My wife and I are immigrants from Canada under an E-2 investors visa.
We are two legal immigrants who invested our life savings in a small business called Shelley’s Casual Elegance Inc., specializing in ladies’ fashions in South Florida. We left Canada in late 2005 and have expanded and improved the business continuously, spending well in excess of $100,000 of our money and employing over a dozen American citizens in the past 14 years.
We have spent over $25,000 in fees (government and lawyers) to ensure that we comply with the requirements of the laws of the United States. Yet, we have no pathway to citizenship. Our E-2 visa does not give us permanent resident status. Rather, it classifies us as resident aliens who are permitted to stay year-round and leave at least once every two years and return to comply.
We would gladly become citizens if the law permitted it. Instead, we have to return to the U.S. consulate in Toronto every five years and beg for another extension to our five-year visa.
We’ve done it a couple of times and it is very stressful. We own a home here in Florida, and for 14 years we have been debt-free, supporting ourselves and being a valued asset to our community.
Because we have been self-sufficient and married for 38 years, we get upset when people talk about giving amnesty to those who effectively have cut in line in front of law-abiding people like us.
Hopefully, sanity will prevail and someday we’ll get a chance to be loyal citizens of this country. In the meantime, we must go back to the consulate and hope the State Department staff person is not having a bad day when we appear in front of him or her.
Gary and Shelley Cahill