What is “Chain Migration” ?

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What is it?

“Chain migration” is an expression in pursuing of extreme conservatism. 

It is a clear synonym of “Family Reunion”.  It happens when immigrants enter to another state through sponsorship from family members already in the country. Relatives can apply for visas through this system.

This way is accessible for green card holders and U.S citizens.

Below, two useful links to have a complete overview of the current options according to internal legislation:


·       For Green Card Holders

·       For U.S. Citizens


What did Trump say about it?


Around the critics, came up the idea of a system crash. 

What if the available options, brought an endless flow of relatives to the country?

Reported by Fox News, here Trump’s words:

 “Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives. Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children.”

The president also spoke about two New York City terror attacks which he said :“were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration.”


Laura Oren is professor emerita at the University of Houston Law Center. She published an interesting article related to this topic where she tells the story of her mother, who migrated to U.S. in 1921 and her family. The article is available here “What’s wrong with ‘chain migration’?” on Houston Chronicle.

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