Column: Immigration laws miss mark in naturalization vs. green card



You have to move heaven and earth to get a green card, but becoming a citizen of the U.S. is comparatively easy. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

I’ve wanted to be an American ever since I can remember. I was born in Moscow and escaped to Canada with my family when I was 4. Like most Russian-Jewish immigrants, I was a fervent anti-communist and naturally looked to the United States as a beacon for the free world, the place where rule of law flourished.

In middle school, I pledged allegiance to U.S. flag every morning at my locker, and, to this day, my childhood bedroom sports framed copies of the founding documents (and two American flags I picked up on a school trip at Bill Clinton’s first inaugural parade).

 

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