The lies that blind some

Felicia Persaud | 2/8/2018, 2:12 p.m.

LIE 3: Out of status immigrants can go back to their countries and apply to re-enter the U.S. legally.

TRUTH: The reality is that out of status or undocumented immigrants face a bar if they should leave the U.S. and then try to re-enter under some legal pathway. Further, many who crossed the border and have no proof of entry into the U.S. cannot even adjust their status through marriage or family or employer sponsorship within the borders. The 3-year and 10-year bars were created as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. Incorporated into section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the statute imposes re-entry bars on immigrants who accrue “unlawful presence” in the United States, leave the country and want to re-enter lawfully. So no, there is no going out the country, and then getting into a line to apply to re-enter legally, unless the laws are changed to exclude a bar.

It is very important that in this current environment that we take time to educate ourselves on facts versus fiction and not fall prey to the dog whistlers in our midst, whose only goal is to blind us with lies while stirring the pot of racial hatred.

The writer is CMO at Hard Beat Communications, Inc., which owns the brands NewsAmericasNow, CaribPRWire and InvestCaribbeanNow.