“An Unjust Law is No Law at All.”

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, one is worrying about being separated from their family, an amnesty is not a solution. The Provisional Waiver law may seem like a solution, but it is flawed as it only benefits those who have immediate relatives who are U.S. citizens and still requires them to leave the country for their consular interview. It does not address the larger issue of comprehensive immigration reform and leaves many families still separated. An amnesty may be a controversial solution, but it is important to consider the human aspect and the extreme hardship that families face due to immigration laws.

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As Saint Augustine, known above all as the great thinker who peacefully influenced philosophy and theology, the thrust of the spirituality of the Latin Church, and the development of apostolic endeavors, once said, “An unjust law is no law at all. ” In other words, an unjust law would be a law, which takes away ones freedom, or causes harm, or basically just causes chaos. This is the exact opposite of what a law is put in place to do. For a law to be a just law, a law must cause a positive change for those who the law is intended. Based on this criterion, the Provisional Waiver law is a bad law.

The new immigration law: Provisional Waiver was announced by the Department of Homeland Security on January 3, 2012. Though this law immigrants who are inadmissible due to unlawful presence in the United States may remain in the United States while their request for a waiver of inadmissibility is being processed. According to USICIS regulation, “the applicant must be an immediate relative of a U. S. citizen of at least seventeen years of age, inadmissible only on account of unlawful presence, and demonstrate the denial of the waiver would result in extreme hardship to his or her U.

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S. citizen spouse or parent. ” Immigrants will not be required to return to their country of origin until, either their waiver has been approved, in which case they will need to return in order to attend their consular interview and obtain their visa, or that waiver is denied. The new process is expected to shorten the time U. S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives while those family members are obtaining immigrant visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States.

An amnesty for illegal aliens forgives their acts of illegal immigration and implicitly forgives other related illegal acts such as driving and working with false documents. The result of an amnesty is that large numbers of foreigners who illegally gained entry into the United States are rewarded with legal status (Green Card) for breaking immigration laws. President Obama once said, “We are not going to ship back 12 million people, we’re not going to do it as a practical matter. We would have to take all our law enforcement that we have available and we would have to use it and put eople on buses, and rip families apart, and that’s not who we are, that’s not what America is about. It’s easy for those who have not had to go through extreme hardship due to family separation to say, “Just wait until an amnesty comes out or until you turn twenty-one to petition for your relative to come to the U. S. ” But when one has been forced to go from childhood to adulthood one moment to another; when all of a sudden instead of worrying what clothes to wear to school as a normal fourteen-year-old

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