This Indian Family Froze to Death Trying To Reach America. Our Immigration System Should Have Saved Them.

Jan 12, Jagdish & Vaishaliben Ptel FlewWith their three-year-old son Dharmik, and Vihangi, eleven-years-old, they traveled from India to Toronto (Canada) with Vihangi and Dharmik. After that, the family traveled west to Emerson Manitoba. This small town is located just north of Minnesota, North Dakota.

An avalanche separated the Patels and their remaining group. It was made up of Indian nationals, as well an American man. Transport them. Temperature DippedAs low as 22 degrees Fahrenheit One week had passed since they arrived in Canada, with hopes to enter the United States. The Patels left Canada on January 19. Find frozen dead.

The case of this couple is unfortunate and shows the extent to which people will resort when there are no options for immigration. Many are prepared to travel extremely dangerously in order to have a better chance at a better future. This is the story of Patels, who shows that although an inaccessible Immigration system will not deter immigrants whose minds are set up, it can push them towards unsafe pathways.

Local media reportedThe Patels were former schoolteachers from Gujarat in west India and hoped to start a new life in America. MadeHe was earning $120 per monthly working at a local factory. His wife Vaishaliben hoped to work in an American beauty salon. NBC News stated in January Jagdish’s desire to have a higher education and better opportunities for his children, along with better pay and better work for himself and his family. None of these things he believed he could get in India. He Looked atHe saw an advertisement in the town promoting easy travel to America. This was the beginning of a journey that would be fatal.

There are few immigration options available for Patels and other people who look like them. Most Indian legal permanent residents of the U.S. have received family-based or employment-based green cards—AmountAs of 2018, 98 percent visa holders had been granted. Employment-based The channelsIndia brought in a lot of Indian migrants, with better skills and education than those in Patels. However, the family was not able to sponsor them in the U.S. They were Indian. IneligibleThe Diversity Visa is for migrants from countries that have low immigration rates to the U.S. Because their motivations for moving were more economic than safety-related, they likely wouldn’t have been eligible to apply for asylum or refugee pathways.

Sam Peak is an American for Prosperity immigration policy analyst. He says that “these people basically had no legal options which allowed them to safely and legally travel to the U.S. to work.”

When migrants attempt to enter the United States, regardless of the risk involved, it is dangerous to lack actionable immigration routes. If migrants are not allowed to enter the U.S., they can become a problem. FaceAccording to Douglas Massey, a Princeton University socioologist, these border crossings are more risky than those where Border Patrol is likely. The number of border-crossers who entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico increased between 1998 and 2016. DeclinedThis was despite the fact that migrants’ deaths have risen by 20 percent.

These findings are centered on the U.S./Mexico border but they help to explain why the Patels’ tragic journey ended. Peak states that unlawful migration to America is now more a worldwide phenomenon than it was previously. However, Massey’s insights remain unchanged. “Even though there are fewer migrants to the U.S. as a result of border enforcement, it is still more deaths.”

Fortunately, there are a few ways to prevent such tragedies. The first is to improve visa procedures for Indians not fitting into the existing categories. This could include increasing the number EB-3 visas issuedIndians would AllowMore people are “performing unskilled work that requires less than two years of training, education or experience to be here permanently” Research by the Center for Global Development further supports this assertion. FoundIt was not possible to decrease the risks of migrants being highlighted in public information campaigns. Instead of concentrating on the risks, American officials need to communicate alternatives.

Numerous factors kept the Patels from living the American dream. People who seek better opportunities or can help improve their communities’ economies should be welcomed by the American immigration system. Although it may not be possible for Patels to reform visa laws, they can prevent further migrant deaths at our borders.