Comment: Judy Chu Obstructs CIR
Judy Chu is a member of the House of Representatives from California and is Chair of the Congressional Asian-Pacific American Caucus. In an opinion piece in Politico today, she writes against the fundamental compromise made by the Gang of 8 in the Senate in crafting CIR in the form of Senate Bill 744 (which is now approaching the end of markup in the Senate Judiciary committee). The compromise in S. 744 balances many disparate elements of CIR, and makes numerous compromises, primarily to ensure that the undocumented get legalized and get a path to eventual citizenship. The 3 biggest benefits bartered away to obtain relief for the undocumented are: (i) the elimination of the FB4 category; (ii) the elimination of the DV lottery and (iii) the elimination of the business model which led to massive Indian employment immigration to the US. Ms. Chu writes against the elimination of the FB4 category (siblings of US citizens), thus in effect attempting to undermine the core compromise which led to S. 744. We believe there are 3 reasons Ms. Chu is in the wrong, as follows.

Firstly, Ms. Chu grossly violates American notions of what constitutes a family when she writes “It’s also important to recognize that every family is different. Sister and brother — parent and child — who is to say what the most important relationship within a family is?” Oh yeah? Since the hunter-gatherer stage, through the agricultural stage, to today’s world, it is an uncontested fact of human existence that human babies, unlike those of most mammals, are born almost defenseless and have the longest childhood of any mammal before they are even remotely capable of surviving. The most important relationship is between mother and child – without which survival is usually impossible (exceptions notwithstanding). Ever since monogamous families were created during the agricultural era (and blessed by all 4 major religions of human history), a father joins this fundamental biological relationship of mother and child leading to the (relatively) modern conception of family as parents and children. Even with same-gender parents, there still remains a fundamental, biological difference between adult and child – human children survive and thrive in families with adult humans. Siblings, by contrast, compete for resources and their parents’ attention. Perhaps Ms. Chu never fought with her 3 siblings while growing up (though we would doubt that) – as most siblings can attest, siblings fight, siblings make up, and finally siblings grow up, and in the American tradition, go their separate ways. It is true that siblings remain connected far more in Asia than in Europe, and it is true in both Asia and Europe that siblings usually remain in an affectionate relationship throughout their lives, but to raise the sibling relationship to the level of the relationship of parent and child is ridiculous and without any foundation, either in the American tradition or in any scientific finding of populous human societies.

Secondly, if we accept, arguendo, that Ms. Chu is right in asserting that sibling relationships are morally equal to parent-child relationships, Ms. Chu’s position ends up in a logical contradiction. The mere fact that Ms. Chu contests the core compromise in CIR does not, by itself, doom her argument. After all, Senator Hatch is, as of this writing, strongly contesting compromise # (iii) above – his proposed amendments would leave the Indian immigration business model intact (though on life support), and Immigration Daily is not attacking Mr. Hatch’s position. To understand why Ms. Chu is in the wrong here, let’s begin with the obvious observation that Ms. Chu’s position on family is connected to her Chairship of the Congressional Asian-Pacific American Caucus in this way: some Americans of Asian descent seek to keep alive Asian family traditions in America. Who’s to say they are wrong? After all, China, India, and a host of large Asian countries have done just fine for many, many centuries with a social compact which relies completely on family ties. The western tradition, from which America draws its heritage, does not as heavily rely on family ties, instead, the West substitutes formal mechanisms like the social security system, socialized medicine, etc in its social compact for some aspects of what is handled by families in the east. The eastern and the western systems each have their own strengths and weaknesses. It is not wrong for Ms. Chu to suggest that America alter its traditions to more closely align along Asian family ties; it is, however, logically inconsistent for Ms. Chu to argue for an Asian view of family in America, while at the same time, supporting America’s social security system and socialized medical system – to try to have the best from both worlds usually results in the worst from both, and the best from neither.

Thirdly, we are mindful that Ms. Chu’s attack on CIR comes at the same time that Ms. Pelosi, the leader of the Democratic party in the House, is attacking the House Gang of 8 compromise on the grounds that Obamacare will not be available for the undocumented when legalized. The pattern is clear – some House Democrats cannot accept the fact that they are in the minority in the House, and that the Republican party controls the House. Any major bill, CIR included, is likely to move sharply to the right if it is to obtain a majority on the House floor, certainly further to the right than even the S. 744 compromise. If legalization of the undocumented is to be preserved in CIR on the House floor, many other things will have to be thrown under the bus, FB4 included, with more unfortunates still to come who will have to end up under the bus for the time being. Those who do not accept this simply don’t accept the results of the last election, which left conservative Republicans firmly in charge in the House of Representatives. It is certainly possible that the American electorate may choose to change in the future, and even with gerrymandering which has likely locked the Republican party into control of the House for the rest of this decade, it is certainly possible, though unlikely, that Democrats may have the majority in the House before 2020. However, to kill CIR now, in hopes of a future Democratic majority in the House is to deliberately cause additional suffering to the undocumented who have been suffering, without a voice even among their avowed defenders, for over a decade. It appears that Ms. Chu, Ms. Pelosi, and some in the House Democratic leadership seem to boil over with hatred toward the undocumented – a long string of actions in the House leads us to no other conclusion. Mr. Conyers, when chair of the House Judiciary committee, found time for his committee to discuss horse-slaughter, but not to discuss immigration, thus slaughtering the hopes of the undocumented; Ms. Pelosi, when Speaker of the House, threw immigrants under the bus to enact Obamacare (Ms. Pelosi took this action deliberately and with cold calculation) – the list goes on and on. Ms. Chu, Ms. Pelosi, and those who stand with them can certainly kill CIR – but they will not succeed in fooling America into ignoring their anti-immigrant actions.

S. 744 makes possible vastly greater future immigration (including siblings of US citizens who come here to work through the greatly liberalized employment based immigration system in a post-CIR world) – it is the only pro-immigration bill with a decent chance of becoming statute since 9/11/2001. Family-based 4th preference is un-American, incompatible with socialized medicine, and does not offer a fig-leaf to Democrats trying to kill CIR. We oppose Ms. Chu’s argument, and support the fundamental compromise behind S. 744. Share your thoughts by writing to

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