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Thread: American Families United

  1. #1
    If you want to change the laws of the United States in a positive way regarding immigration and how it effects U.S. Citizens Families. Visit http://americanfamiliesunited.org/ and join the group.

  2. #2
    If you want to change the laws of the United States in a positive way regarding immigration and how it effects U.S. Citizens Families. Visit http://americanfamiliesunited.org/ and join the group.

  3. #3
    Following is from my earlier reply (though it wasn't in reply to a thread about Family Based visas, yet, in principle , you are dealing with similar "laws of motion")


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    Let's put it in the most simple words, so everyone could understand.

    The fact IS that ever greater number of people want to come and live in US.

    I have long ago read the passage written by keen,wise, observant philosopher(Arthur Schopenhauer)who once stated that nothing turns one so much against the other than the plight of the latter to show compassion and give away something that one holds dear.

    Go on the street tomorrow,of any country or city in the world, stretch your arm, open up the palm of your hand and beg for something. Tell everybody in what a desperate need you are.
    See for yourself how much of what you get from whom.
    (BTW, your chances of getting at least something thrown at you would be significantly less in India and other third world/developing countries than in US or any developed Western Country, and in less developed countries you would most likely encounter so much greater contempt and repulsion displayed towards you by bypassers).

    On the other hand, imagine yourself being in possession of large estate/mansion/entity with overflowing surplus of resourses and wealth.
    It's not difficult to envision how many would run to your feet and offer you much (that you didn't even need), just for the sake of winning your "friendship". You would start yawning and would even get cynical, seeing how many around you wanted to show their utter "kindness" and "friendliness" to you.

    And also think how would you feel about most desperate ones prostrating themselves before your front gate, begging you just to give them off something ?

    And, lo and behold, such is the human nature that as soon as you showed true compassion and started to help out those begging around you, it wouldn't be too long before you earned their contempt and even recentment, for the feeling of inferiority imposed on them by very act of your generosity.


    As Schopenhauer ,I would have to say that such is the human Nature, it is not what I or you desire it to be, it simply is what it is.

    Looking through this realistic prism, I would say that the tension around immigration issues will settle and problems will get solved only when the flow of immigration significantly slows down and overwhelming demand for benefits from immigrants is replaced with unfulfilled demand from natives for more immigration.

    Thus, immigrants would fare better if [instead of Quixotish attempts to turn the reality upsite down by sending flowers to USCIS and fighting their cases in Courts] they concentrated their efforts and resourses on finding places other than US to immigrate.
    If Vancouver is open to accept more immigrants - so much better for the latter, immigrate there while you can !

    On the US side ,closing down and securing the borders along with enforcing lower immigration quotas and deporting significantly larger number of undocumented immigrants (larger than ever before) would help to alleviate ever increasing tensions among natives and bring the athmosphere of tranquility, which is so necessary to solve any outstanding issues.

    Alternative to above is what we observe today.



    Regards,

    RationalE



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  4. #4
    Immigration Laws Cause Heartache

    David Guard - Veracruz, Mexico
    Co-founded group American Families United


    As a U.S. citizen married to a Mexican immigrant, I have experienced extreme hardships in helping my wife obtain a visa to enter the USA.

    Because of the difficulties, we live in Mexico. Our story is very similar to many other American couples who fall in love and start a family. The only difference is that we are being punished because we have different nationalities.

    We met in California, where I worked for a tech company and my wife was a janitor in the building. She came to the USA by jumping a fence and walking through the desert. We never really talked about her immigration status, as it just didn't seem of any importance.

    In 2003, my wife's father became ill, so we made a tough decision: She went back to Mexico without me. I remained in the USA.

    We later decided to marry in Mexico. We thought once we were married it would be easy to come back to the USA. We were wrong.

    After we married, I found a new job within my company that allowed me to move to Mexico. There, I planned to work remotely until my wife could get a visa.

    We submitted her immigration paperwork and paid $1,000 before my wife went to a visa interview. But after the interview, she was denied a visa.

    Current immigration laws bar her from returning to America for 10 years because she had been in the USA for more than a year without a visa. We were aware of this law before the interview, but were hopeful that she would be approved anyway.

    We can request the 10-year waiting period be waived, but we must submit a letter, along with supporting evidence of "extreme hardship" on the U.S. citizen " me. No one can tell me exactly what the definition of extreme hardship is, and it is difficult to prove.

    Currently, we are waiting for a decision by the Department of Homeland Security to determine that I do indeed face extreme hardship. The only other possibility for my wife to enter the USA legally is if the law changes.

    Because of these conditions and my own personal experience, I co-founded a non-profit group called American Families United. The sole goal is to change the law that prevents my wife and other spouses from entering the USA.

    There are some members of our group whose spouses have been barred for life for allegedly making claims of U.S. citizenship. Often times, they are accused of declaring to a border guard that they are American citizens. It can be very difficult to prove that your spouse didn't make such a claim because so many years have passed since he or she entered the USA.

    To make matters worse, the sad truth is that because I am living here in Mexico, I could actually hurt our chances for a waiver.

    Additionally, it is very sad that at times my wife has been unable to travel to the USA even for a few days to see my family.

    System is unfair to families
    Maria Zuniga - Houston

    I am married to an illegal alien, but we are living in different places. Our story is long and painful, but hopefully our situation will come to an end soon.

    My husband and I married on April 28, 2001, and we now have two beautiful children, Anna, 3, and Oziel, 5.

    But in June 2004, my husband left the USA voluntarily and went back to Mexico. My family didn't want to separate, and so we packed our belongings in two trucks and followed him.

    But when we arrived in my husband's hometown, the problems began.

    My children got really sick. My son got rashes all over his body because the water " unbeknownst to me " was unsanitary. My daughter couldn't drink the milk because it would make her sick.

    I lost a lot of weight because the heat was so unbearable that it caused me and the children to lose our appetites.

    After several months of suffering like this, I decided to return to the USA with my family. I didn't have a job at the time, so I had to apply for food stamps.

    I now have a good job as a contractor for a great company. I don't have benefits, but at least I do have a job that pays well.

    It was really hard to leave my husband behind, and it is still unbearable at times.

    I pray to God, and I ask for guidance. Each time God has put food in our mouths.

    The whole time, my husband has been in despair because he is unable to help. He earns only $100 a week.

    What can he pay for here in the USA with $100?

    The immigration process is unfair for the U.S. citizen petitioning for the alien and also for the children of U.S. citizens.

    Every day that my son doesn't see his father he asks me, "Where is my papi?" My heart breaks in two.

    As I write these words, there are tears in my eyes. What kind of answer can I give my son?

    I try to do my best, but sometimes your best isn't good enough. When is the suffering going to stop? Sometimes I come so close to losing my faith. But I know I can't give up because it is one of the only things that keeps me alive. Maybe one day things will change for the best.

    Treat Mexicans with respect
    James White - Chandler, Ariz.

    Sometimes Americans forget that our humanity should really supersede our nationality.

    That being said, let's get real. We can't allow the world to move here. Laws are in place for that reason. We haven't enforced our rules, and now we're dealing with the consequences, even though these consequences aren't anywhere near as terrible as they're made out to be.

    We need to consider starting a policy of respecting Mexicans. Respect for people who are now our neighbors, friends, employees and employers. Respect for people who are really as American as we, with the exception of language.

    Right now, there doesn't seem to be a lot of respect for Mexicans.

    Arizona has passed legislation that makes English the official language.

    When we begin to respect others, we will realize the dignity, honor and humanity of the real-life people we are "dealing" with in this immigration debate.

    So let's get real and finally welcome our fellow Americans " every single one of them.

    We can do this, secure our border and cooperate with and influence the Mexican government to better the welfare of its people.

    Mexicans are people who are so closely related to us that we should take an interest in their welfare and treat them as if they were our own.

    Posted at 12:07 AM/ET, March 22, 2007 in Ethics - Letters, Family - Letters, Immigration - Letters, Letter to the editor, Voices of Immigration | Permalink

  5. #5
    I can't bear to read anymore stories...how heartbreaking and I am in the same situation. God help us....I miss my husband immensely and am having a hard time coping. I know my baby is going to be born early because of the stress. How can the Government be so uncaring and cruel. He is my life and we have a family, who gives a sh*t if he is from another country and came here ilegally?! He never hurt anyone or did anything bad while he was here..all he did was love me and our children...you can't help who you fall in love with.

  6. #6
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Because of these conditions and my own personal experience, I co-founded a non-profit group called American Families United. The sole goal is to change the law that prevents my wife and other spouses from entering the USA. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Keep your hopes high - that's the only way to avoid facing the reality.

  7. #7
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by myhusbandswife:
    I can't bear to read anymore stories...how heartbreaking and I am in the same situation. God help us....I miss my husband immensely and am having a hard time coping. I know my baby is going to be born early because of the stress. How can the Government be so uncaring and cruel. He is my life and we have a family, who gives a sh*t if he is from another country and came here ilegally?! He never hurt anyone or did anything bad while he was here..all he did was love me and our children...you can't help who you fall in love with. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I can hear your heart and feel your pain

    My situation is just as bed if not worse my husband died last year and the day he did my sons immigration case died with him

    There is a humaitairian society in USA but only applies to USC and asylum seekers

    There has to be a specail compasionate visa to reunite families on a case by case basis, you should join efforts with www.expatsvoice.org who have written their own legislation for a compassionate visa and amendment to the CSPA.

    Dave Weldons office has passed onto his legislators in Washington and waiting a reply

    Illegals and dogs get better treatment than decent folk, doing everything by the book, waiting in line yet no one cares

  8. #8
    Your husband may have died last year and that makes me feel very sorry for you, but don't you think you could fall in love and re-marry once again? Life goes on..
    And, if your children are under 21, they could well be able to stay with you ,can't they.

    If, on the other hand, you can't make it here why not move (along with your children) to some other country, in case you don't want to return to your own?

    I wish you best of luck

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