Story of a Romanian Immigrant
Immigrating to the United States in not a simple process. Millions immigrate to America but many millions more are denied a visa or forced to cross the border illegally because of the limited number of applicants that the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, now a department of Homeland Security, provides as well as the extremely stringent process that is imposed upon migrating applicants. Even getting a simple tourist visa can be a tiring ordeal and beyond reach of most foreign citizens who are not wealthy. This results in numbers of people who are forced to look for other means such as resorting to coyotes, people who smuggle people into America, or corporate coyotes, "executives who would sanction the smuggling of illegal immigrants" (Talton). In the last decade the attitude towards migration, especially in the Southwest, has worsened as many Americans blame illegal immigrants for causing economic hardships and fear diversification to American culture. "Immigrants, particularly so-called 'illegal' immigrants and their children, were represented as depleting both California's fiscal and natural resources" (Lindsley p. 176). The downside is that many Americans have required that fewer immigrants be admitted as well as imposing a more stringent application process and a return to a quota system based on one's national origins. The current system, after the Immigration Reform Act of 1965, created a process where visas are issued on a first come, first served basis that promotes allowing the immigration of family members (Small p. 52).
For this case study, a new immigrant to the United States from Romania, Mike was interviewed regarding the difficulties he underwent in getting to the United States. In Romania, Mike worked as a journalist after an accident forced him to resign as a professional dancer. As a good friend of mine, Mike was chosen because of how aware this author is with the incredible complexities and difficulties both Mike and Joy have had to overcome in order to continue to live their lives together in this land of immigrants, America. Mike was interviewed in his studio apartment in Phoenix where he lives with his wife.
"Tell me how it all started. What made you want to come to America?"
" Well, the story is not very complicated. I was sitting at my desk, in my office, one day, visiting a chat room, checking the profiles. That is how I discovered Joy. We started chatting, getting to know each other better and a good friendship developed."
" Was that when you decided to come to America"?
"As a matter of fact, no. She was looking into coming to Romania through a student exchange program between ASU and The University of Bucharest. I was very excited hearing the news. Afterwards, she decided that it would be easier and cheaper to get me here instead."
" Was it easier?"
"Not from my point of view. I am saying this...