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.