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Chief of the American Dream – President Obama

(Cleveland, Ohio – March 6, 2014) This week, the National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguía called President Obama the “deporter-in-chief.”

We like that. It’s catchy. We’ll embrace it.

2012 saw the most deportations ever, with 409,849.

"He can stop tearing families apart,” NCLR’s president also said.

Not so much.  Look closer at the numbers.  55% of the deportations were convicted criminals, 21% were repeat immigration violators, and 17% were border removals.  So 93% of deportations are likely not families being torn apart.

On the other side of the equation, of the 189 million Americans not born in the US, just over 11 million are illegal.  So fewer than four percent of the illegal foreign born population are being deported each year, and most of those are criminals, repeat violators, and border removals.  We could say that 96 percent of illegal foreign born are as hard working and family loving as the rest of America.

Just under a million new immigrants come to the US each year.  Why is immigration so low?  At a minimum, we should be accepting 5 million foreign born a year.

To get this going, I propose we call the President: “Chief of the American Dream.” The President commands a huge “American Dream” army.  His soldiers include business owners in every city and on every farm, entertainers, pro athletes, and tech stock billionaires.  The world knows that the American Dream is the gold standard of dreams.  And the only place you can achieve the American dream is in America.

To make the President’s job easier, let’s change Emma Lazarus’ poem on the Statue of Liberty:

“Send us your best and your brightest;

Those weary of innovating and amassing wealth

Where they cannot breathe free.”

We can now be picky. We no longer want the entire world here. Let the best and brightest come and help us build this country into the best it can be, where our hearts are paved with gold.


Margaret W. Wong, President and Managing Partner

Margaret W. Wong & Associates Co., LPA

Phone: 216-566-9908  Website:

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In 38 years of practice, Margaret W. Wong has built her law firm across the US, and it is renowned nationally and internationally for its knowledge in immigration and nationality law. Her firm is Tier 1 U.S. News Best Lawyers, she is the current co-chair of the Immigration Law Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and chair of the Cleveland Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section.