Our system is abused simply because it is the nature of our country to take in everyone.
Not really anymore... other than the free and easy way of "asylum" or illegals with anchor children. Even tighter since 911.
But even before that my neighbors at Ft Campbell. A russian professional couple that had to downgrade and he was doing military service and still needing the unit support to fight for his wife's visa. Or my dear Slovak freind Janka who married an American. She also had extra woes and requirements.
My German friend however, even divorced, became a citizen in 8 years.
Try being a Pole for example today and simply get a Visa! My BF was treated like a potential terrorist!
OR the poor Australian family from Phoenix Arizona a few years ago who had 4 citizen children and were fighting DEPORTATION after living here, working, paying taxes.. LEGALLY... over 10 years! they were Americans of australian descent by then! You still hear bout stuff like that. Our immigration is actually VERY strict and grueling for many educated caucasion/euro professionals : /
I do agree that a country with a national identity should hang tight to it!
Example: I move to Poland to work -I work and respect local custom. If I immigrate doesn't that mean I want to be Polish at least by design? Don't accomodate me... assimilate me!(even if my accent ends up so atrocious I have to pass notes).
Technically , my dearest's plan is marry, stay stateside, sock money away and then we move to Poland with our commercial art kids.
All for the cause!!! Hahaha....