A Senate hearing Monday drew attention to competing philosophies on immigration overhaul: boosting the economy or reuniting families. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, immigration advocates defended programs allowing immigrants to bring extended family members to the U.S., including adult siblings or adult children. Such programs often have long waiting lists, and recently Republicans in both the House and Senate have suggested that they want to eliminate some of those categories.
“Children will always be our children whether they’re over the age of 21 or not,” said Mee Moua, chief executive of the Asian American Justice Center and one of the witnesses at Monday’s hearing. “For us to start thinking about which members of our family we’re going to trade away is a dramatic and drastic departure from the core values of what has been driving this country since the founding days.”