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Costa Ricans In U.S. Concerned Of Trump’s Immigration Proposal

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The Middletown, New York, Times Herald-Record reported some locals decrying U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration proposal includes a statement by Monica Miranda, president, and CEO of The Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc., a nonprofit that connects people to community resources like pre-kindergarten classes and immigration lawyers.

Miranda said her mother, Sonia, emigrated from Costa Rica in the early 1980s, who worked menial jobs and didn’t know English. They gradually saved enough to bring Monica to America. Then, Sonia became a fluent, more gainfully employed homeowner.

Immigrants “have worked hard to get where they are, and they’re giving back to the community,” Miranda said.

Another immigrant speaking out against President Trump backing the bill proposed by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, that would emphasize high-level work skills, education and English language proficiency for permanent-resident or green-card applicants, is Orange County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Lynn Cione.

Cione said the Trump-endorsed proposal would hurt America’s economic growth and fails to meet the needs of businesses that require immigrants of all skill sets.

She also thinks the measure devalues the American idea of social mobility via education and hard work.

“My father-in-law, Joseph Cione, left Sicily without speaking a word of English, and he became a highly respected teacher,” Cione said.

“He’s fluent in English, Spanish and French, which he taught. … His son, Thomas, became a lawyer, and my brother-in-law, Joseph, is a Ph.D. scientist,” she said.

The U.S. issues approximately 1 million green cards annually, but the bill would drop that number to roughly 540,000 over a decade, according to public statements from Cotton’s aides.

According to the U.S. State Department, Report of the Visa Office 2016, 681 Immigrant Visas Issued (by Foreign State Chargeability) to Costa Rica.