The Progressive Populist: An Immigration Loophole for Rich Foreigners

The following is an excellent article from the Jim Hightower website of March 18, 2015 written by Jim Hightower, which was published in the  April 15, 2015 issue of The Progressive Populist on page 3 titled “An Immigration Loophole for Rich Foreigners” and I quote:

“I often wonder about those immigrants who scramble so desperately into the US from across our southern border, enduring killer heat, dodging rattlesnakes and border patrols, and otherwise risking it all so their families might have a chance at a better life. I wonder: Why don’t they just buy their way into our country?

Perhaps they’re unaware that anyone can easily become a legal American resident without endangering their life, getting entangled in endless red tape, or even being made to feel unwelcome. Anyone who’s rich, that is.

You never hear those ranting, anti-immigrant tea party politicos mention it, but the USA has a very special immigration loophole known as “golden visas” for the world’s 1-percenters. Ten thousand of these are handed out each year to the privileged ones who pledge to invest at least $1 million in our country and create 10 jobs. What kind of investment? Buying yourself a house or condo counts. What kind of jobs? Low-wage, part-time, no-benefit jobs are fine. Where did you get this money? Don’t ask.

England does this, too, though its officials are a little picker, requiring $2.8 million for foreigners to buy their way in. But if that’s too much, shop around – for example, you can get immediate citizenship in Cyprus for $1.3 million, which automatically lets you live, work, and travel anywhere in Europe, plus giving you easy access to the US and other Western countries. Or you can have Portugal for a little more than half-a-million bucks, which also buys access to nearly all of Europe without needing additional visas.

But doesn’t this fling open our national gates to all sorts of kleptocrats, oligarchs, thieves, and organized-crime kingpins? Well, yes, but they’re okay, for they are rich… and money is the golden E-Z Pass of global immigration.

“Europe’s Having a Distress Sale on Visas,” The New York Times, February 10, 2015.”

(IT’S SURE STRANGE THE WAY MONEY INFLUENCES POLITICS.  OUR CONSTITUTION SAYS EVERYONE SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY BUT RICH PEOPLE CAN BUY THEIR WAY IN, WITH NO PROBLEMS BUT POOR PEOPLE, WHO TRY TO PAY SOME SLAVE TRADER TO GET INTO THE COUNTRY, SOMETIMES GET CAUGHT AND SENT BACK, EVEN THOUGH MANY TIMES THEY MIGHT NOT BE A RISK TO THE SAFETY OF OUR COUNTRY.

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Independent, Overtaxed Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen and AARP Members

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I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog (my.barackobama.com) and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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