A Legal Immigration System ... With Flaws

A Legal Immigration System… Flawed

The host of The Last Week Tonight criticized the complicated and complex legal immigration system in the USA ... find out the details!

Probably, for many, talking about immigration is talking about a bottomless pit. Well, it is an issue that includes a large number of issues between political, international, legal, etc. Faced with this small problem, fortunately, there are heroes without a cape who clarify the panorama for us. Such is the case of John Oliver, host of The Last Week Tonight, who in one of his programs examined the legal immigration system in the United States.

Host of The Last Week Tonight.

It is worth mentioning that migrating to the USA legally has been a flagship policy widely promoted by many politicians in the current government, mainly by Donald Trump.

Yet no one talks about its flaws, which "are often ignored" and possibly help drive illegal immigration, Oliver said on his show.

Man jumps gate.

During the program, broadcast on HBO, the presenter recalled that the concept of "legal immigration" often takes as a reference the popular saying: "Stand in line." However, doing it is not the same as saying it.

To understand the legal immigration system, John Oliver explained the four categories by which US residency can be obtained, along with their flaws:


Migrant family with USA flags.

This category represents approximately two-thirds of green card holders. This procedure allows legal residents to sponsor close relatives to migrate to the USA: children, parents or siblings. But ... they are all subject to rigorous background checks.

As if that were not enough, the government is currently processing applications from China, since November 2006; India, since September 2004; and Mexico, since January 1997. So, realistically, there are not many possibilities.


USA Green Card.

Approximately 140 thousand green cards are awarded annually for the concept of employment. Although, renewing a work visa, Oliver said, can be "difficult to practically impossible."

So, temporary work visas rarely turn into green cards. Sure, they'll let you stay a while, but… you probably won't end up in the band.

Good Luck (Winning The Visa Lottery)

Leaves falling on The Last Week Tonight forum

Good luck would be the "absurd" chance, Oliver said, of winning the visa lottery. And it is absurd because, in 2017, 22 million people submitted an application, all were examined and then only 50 thousand were chosen. The chances are almost nil!

Bad Luck (Being a Refugee or Seeking Political Asylum)

Political refugees on a motorboat.

Until recently, the United States accepted more refugees than any other country a year, but this changed course with Trump. The Obama administration limited the number of refugees who entered the United States to 110,000 in his last year in office; Trump reduced that to 45,000 during his first year, then 30,000; and he intends to reduce the number of refugees to zero next year. So, in this way it is not an alternative to migrate to the USA.

John Oliver says it's not fair.

According to Oliver, despite the government's statements about how good they are with legal immigration, "this administration has worked hard to reduce it as much as possible, in all areas."

Cutting the number of refugees or realigning the system only contributes to building an “invisible wall” in the legal immigration system.

As a conclusion to this program, for many people, there is literally no way to migrate the "right way." Therefore, Oliver urges the president that "if he is going to say 'get in line', he should at least assure them that they really have a line to stand on."

1 in 30 people is a migrant.

This artist portrayed various world leaders to show them how fragile it is to be a refugee: Click here to read: This is what Trump would look like if he were a refugee


Diana Flores

Gabriel García Márquez wrote: “Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers, and how one remembers it to tell it”, that is why I like to remember and tell stories, my stories and the stories of which I am part in this society. The best way I found to tell them was through journalism, not only as a professional purpose, but with the intention of living, as my Colombian colleague points out. I have developed as a reporter, writer and editor in print and digital media. I also have experience in Public Relations. What I enjoy the most is a cup of coffee in the morning, traveling, meeting people and dreaming. I live disheveled.