NYTimes Investigation

A great NYTimes investigation into the reasons behind a recent spate of suicides among the city’s taxi drivers also demonstrates why the current immigration system is insane. This is one of so many stories of people doing great back home, enjoying life and then getting dragged over here to be miserable and suffer:

Before coming to America, Mohammed Hoque lived comfortably in Chittagong, a city on Bangladesh’s southern coast. He was a serious student and a gifted runner, despite a small and stocky frame. His father and grandfather were teachers; he said he surpassed them, becoming an education official with a master’s degree in management. He supervised dozens of schools and traveled on a government-issued motorcycle. In 2004, when he was 33, he married Fouzia Mahabub. That same year, several of his friends signed up for the green card lottery, and their thirst for opportunity was contagious. He applied, and won.

Hoque ended up marginalized, miserable, sick, and now financially ruined. I know people like Hoque. Green card lottery is evil because it brings here people who are happy at home and don’t want to be here. It ruins lives.

The funny thing is, I’ve never met an American, not matter how snowflakey, who’d actively support the lottery. At most, people are indifferent. But it exists and is proving impossible to get rid of. Given that every winner is them entitled to drag over his entire village through family reunification, it’s not a tiny program. It’s hundreds of thousands of very miserable, needlessly displaced, often dramatically declasse people.

Read the NYTimes article and tell me if there is any other reason behind the program’s existence than to provide fodder for this insane system of financial speculation and abuse.

7 thoughts on “NYTimes Investigation”

    1. ” that isn’t a reason not to grant asylum”

      The asylum system in the West is completely broken. It’s still based on realities of the 1950s and doesn’t take into account the ease of travel or the industry that’s popped up on helping people game the system. Almost none of the arrivals in the US (or into Europe from the Middle East or Africa) actually qualify for asylum as traditionally defined.


  1. It takes years and years to drag your relatives here. My wife applied for her brother, and it took 11 years before he was approved. The applicants also have to visit the local American consulate, several times, which is usually in the capital city. And if your relative is married, they might get around to letting them in 2034.


  2. Also, if I remember right the visa lottery was put in because there were so many applications from people who were neither essential/unique nor desperate, just the kind of normally meritorious folks one might want to consider, that they couldn’t figure out how to rank these applications and decided to put them on lottery, as something as efficient and not less fair when you get down to it.


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