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  • acelaw
    and since it was immigrants that made this country

    How can you explain this when 90% of the USC were born here, When did immigrants make this country and how ???

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  • chuck
    E---going back to your original post. i could not agree with you more that there is a great difference between the situations of legal immigrants and illegal immigrants. thanks for stateing this so well. no one can dispute this and we need to remedy the current plight of 10,000,000 undocumented workers and make them legal and in the sunlight, and give them a path to perminent res and citizenship. at the same time secureing our border. and since it was immigrants that made this country maybe we should make immigration more available to those hard workers---and not just an easy path for the pro baseball players of the world. the pres plan is the first really good idea to come from him, but tom daschel and chuck hagel's plan is much better.thanks for starting this thread.

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  • acelaw
    You just like to entertain yourself with fantises???
    The US government has turned its back and allowed illegal aliens to become embedded in the social, economical, and cultural framework of this nation. Now there's no way that the problem is going to be solved without a VERY SIGNIFICANT amount of damage to the government, the economy, and the people. If all of the illegal aliens get deported, the repercussions will be far-reaching and serious. I like Bush's proposal for many reasons. It is a good compromise, since even I am against blanket amnesty.

    Isn't continued population growth necessary for our economy?
    "We have looked for, and have not found, any convincing economic arguments for continued national population growth. The health of the economy does not depend on it. The vitality of business does not depend on it."
    -- President's Commission on Population Growth and the American Future, 1972

    Don't immigrants take jobs that others won't?
    There are no jobs that Americans would not take if they are given adequate pay. Businesses and large corporations are more than willing to take advantage of immigrants who will work at minimum wage, or less, but this is certainly not a reason to overpopulate the U.S. by allowing unrestricted immigration.

    Don't immigrants take jobs that others won't?
    There are no jobs that Americans would not take if they are given adequate pay. Businesses and large corporations are more than willing to take advantage of immigrants who will work at minimum wage, or less, but this is certainly not a reason to overpopulate the U.S. by allowing unrestricted immigration.

    Why make such a big deal out of a relatively small amount of U.S. population growth?
    The U.S. is growing many times faster than any other developed country (about 1% per year, with less than a 70 year doubling period) and about 60% of that is from mass immigration. Our population growth is third after China and India. Even though we reduce consumption and implement more sustainable practices, we will not be able to reach equilibrium with respect to the impact on our environment until U.S. population is stabilized.

    Should we not help others less fortunate than ourselves?
    Current legal (Government mandated) U.S. immigration is approximately 900,000 per year, however it is a small fraction of over 4.6 billion people world-wide with incomes under 10% of the average American. In fact, mass immigration into the U.S. is less than 1% of Third World population growth. We should certainly strive to help others and to improve living conditions where they are, but high immigration levels do not help the majority of people less fortunate than ourselves.

    Shouldn't carrying capacity be viewed in global terms?
    Carrying Capacity is the maximum population that can be sustained in an area without diminishing the ability to support the same number in the future. Thus, carrying capacity is relevant both on a planetary, as well as national level. If we in the United States, by importing oil and other resources, expand our numbers beyond our own capacity to support those numbers, we do so at the expense of the carrying capacity of the rest of the world.

    Isn't this country large enough to absorb large numbers of immigrants?
    The U.S. will add 125 million persons in the next fifty years. California alone will add 17 million by 2025, the equivalent of another southern California. Growth will continue indefinitely thereafter according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The impact of this growth will be severe not only on the US, but on world ecosystems as our carrying capacity is exceeded. A prime example of our responsibility to control our numbers and consumption (neither alone will suffice) is global climate change to which the U.S. is the biggest single contributor.

    "However one cuts it, the question is not whether there are limits to this country's ability to absorb immigration; the question is only where those limits lie, and how they should be determined and enforced -- whether by rational decision at this end or by the ultimate achievement of some sort of a balance of misery between this country and the vast pools of poverty elsewhere that now confront it."
    -- George Kennan, former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Around the Cragged Hill, 1994

    One reason markets are not working in Latin America is a lack of
    governance, which feeds corruption and a general disregard for
    the rule of the law, says Holden.

    Latin America is falling behind economically, according to
    economist Paul Holden of the Enterprise Research Institute.

    o Between 1980 and 1990 per capital income in Latin American
    and Caribbean countries fell by about a third.

    o In 1980 per capita income in Latin America averaged just
    18.7 percent that of incomes in countries belonging to
    the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
    (OECD), but now it is only 13 percent.

    This is a result of the failure to attract foreign investment and
    of barriers to new business:

    o High-income OECD countries had foreign direct investment
    close to 10 percent of GDP in 2000, compared with an
    average of less than 5 percent in Latin America.

    o The cost of business registration in Latin America as a
    percent of per capital GDP is startling; in Bolivia it is
    300 percent while in the United States the cost is

    o The informal sector in 1998 accounted for nearly 60
    percent of total employment in Latin America due to the
    inability to enter into long-term contracts.

    One reason markets are not working in Latin America is a lack of
    governance, which feeds corruption and a general disregard for
    the rule of the law, says Holden.

    Source: Paul Holden (Enterprise Research Institute), "Did the
    Market Economy Fail in Latin America? The Second Generation of
    Institutional Reform," Economic Reform Feature Service, Fall
    2003, Center for International Private Enterprise, U.S. Chamber
    of Commerce.

    For text

    The net cost of immigration is $70 billion a year." - George Borjas, Harvard professor. 2002 "Immigration is estimated to cost Californians $1,300 per household annually in additional taxes." -- Costly immigration, Paul Craig Roberts

    "Immigration costs U.S. born workers $133 billion a year in job losses." - Economics professor George Borjas

    Overall, migrants from around the world send $30 billion to relatives back home. $23 billion last year to Latin America and the Caribbean. $10 billion was sent home to Mexico alone. Filipino workers send $6 billion a year and 10,000 cash transfers are sent to China each month, averaging $2,000 to $3,000 each.

    The current wave of mass immigration is not benefiting Americans overall. "All of the available estimates suggest the annual net gain is astoundingly small," writes Professor Borjas, "... less than 0.1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product." Roughly: less than $10 billion in a $7 trillion economy.

    Note carefully what Professor Borjas is saying here. Sure, those immigrants who work do raise overall GDP. But the bulk of that increase goes to the immigrants themselves, in the form of wages. The benefit to native-born Americans, after everything is taken into account, is infinitesimally small.

    Current mass immigration is not benefiting Americans overall -- but it is transforming their country. For nothing.

    Well show us how we would SUFFER with out them, we are suffering with them BIG TIME!!!!!

    President Bush's recent $2.3 trillion budget proposal, if approved by the U.S. Congress, would levy a $7,000 a year average tax burden on each American resident, including the elderly and the new-born babies.

    This is the per capita cost of having the federal government, without which there would be no United States of America as we know it, and of enjoying government services that benefit all those who reside in this country. In other words, for a family of six (quite a popular model among the five million+ illegal immigrants [illegal aliens] of Mexican ancestry), the Feds need to collect roughly $42,000 a year in federal tax just to break even.

    Now, are you telling me that an illegal alien who has to feed his wife and four children is paying 42 grand to the IRS? I don't think so.

    If an immigrant family pays less in federal taxes than their fair share ($7,000 a year per a family member) then it means that they receive more in federal services than they pay for, even if they don't collect welfare checks or other forms of federal assistance.

    And this imbalance does not even account for other benefits, not being paid for by the federal government, that the illegal immigrants [illegal aliens] are drawing from America's wealth.

    They use the existing infrastructure they haven't built. They benefit from living in a functional and well-organized country that took two hundred years of hard work and ingenuity of previous generations of Americans to build and improve.

    They profit from strong American economy and low price consumer market that they did not create. On the top of that, they pay no sales tax in America on part of the money they earn here but send back to Mexico (or whatever countries of their origin might be).

    And by living in overcrowded low-cost dwellings, they don't pay enough per capita property taxes to offset the cost of local services they and their numerous children claim and receive.

    To make things even worse, they usually have no health insurance, which translates onto hundreds of millions of dollars they draw each year from American public health care system.

    Here is more bad news.

    In State of California, which absorbs the biggest share of mass Mexican illegal immigration, the average tax burden is substantially higher than in the rest of the U.S. Governor's Davis'es budget 2003-04 proposal calls for total spending of over $96.4 billion (or about $2,750 per resident a year), roughly $33.6 billion of which is supposed to come from California personal income tax.

    If approved, it would levy about $1,000 a year of state income tax average burden on each resident of California (which is only about one third of $2,750 that the state will spend for the benefit of average resident), or about $6,000 a year per family of six.

    This, combined with the above $42,000 federal tax figure, yields $48,000 a year (or $8,000 per family member) that an illegal immigrant family [illegal aliens] of six living in California has to pay in state and federal income taxes alone in order to be not considered a burden for the society.

    Well, it takes two people working 40 hours a week 50 weeks a year for $12 an hour (which is quite high a wage for a "cheap" laborer), to make $48,000 a year (2 x 40 x 50 x 12 dollars).

    So, even if both parents in a family of six work full time, there is absolutely no way how they could pay their fair share of the tax burden (48 grand a year), and then you and I have to pick up the hefty tab. Think about these facts before repeating the open border lobby mantra that the immigrants [illegal aliens] pay more in taxes than they receive in services. (And remember that the open border lobby "tactfully" keeps quiet about the alarming rate at which the quickly growing population of illegal immigrants [illegal aliens] uses up our limited natural resources and contributes to pollution, deterioration of the environment, green house effect, global warming, etc.)

    Here is the conclusion.

    We, the majority of American taxpayers are being soaked big time so that the farm and meat packing plant owners can profit handsomely from their "cheap" laborers. And the ****ers want to make us believe that it's for our benefit. So, call your U.S. representatives today. Tell them to seal our Southern border and to put mass illegal immigration to stop.

    It's time for the American nation to halt the importation of families who cannot or are not willing to pay their fair share of state and federal income taxes (a minimum of $8,000 per family member per year, that is).
    If it were my call then I would also suggest adding an IQ test as a requirement for admission, with a passing score of 98 (a national average). And if the prospective immigrants have a problem with any of these, they always have a choice to stay where they are.

    [This message was edited by acelaw on January 24, 2004 at 02:40 PM.]

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  • E.
    please let me know if you have any particular question regarding this posting.
    If your husband is US Citizen and if you crossed border legally then I don't see why would you have any problem adjusting your status under Section 245.
    If waiver is requested it will probably be granted.
    Also, since you were married for three years you should get your Perm Res without obligation to pass interview 2 years later.

    DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this posting is intended to educate members of the public generally and is not intended to provide solutions to individual problems. Readers are cautioned not to attempt to solve individual problems on the basis of information contained herein and are strongly advised to seek competent legal counsel before relying on information on this posting.

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  • mikeusanc
    Dear E.
    I was very impressed to read your points about illegal aliens.
    How did you reach such a sensitive position? Do you just have a very tender soul and heart or arrive at your point of view from life experiences?

    I completely agree with you that to properly solve the problem of illegal aliens each case needs to be treated individually.

    My marriage with my husband Mike is close to being 3 years. We will celebrate our anniversary of February 27 and are very happy together. I am a housewife taking care of our home but I could also work if I were able to obtain legal status. I was a dentist in Russia and at least could work as a dental assistance in the U.S. and pay taxes.

    Thank God I am not bored to be at home and try to be as useful and productive for our family as possible. I enjoy doing many things with my hand as I enjoy art, making faux effects on our walls, painting murals, refinishing furniture, landscaping and planting our garden and doing my best to make our life joyful and happy.

    But my life remains a dilemma. To leave the US and try to adjust my status from Russia, my home country, or to remain in the US with my husband, whom I love and care for very much. I greatly miss my daughter who is 21 and in college. The last time I saw her she was 17 years old. I know how she needs my presence and support and advice as a mother all the time. My father is 75 years old and three weeks ago after having surgery, had a heart attack. I could not be there for my family during this difficult time. I cannot see my relatives and they suffer very much. They also miss me terribly.

    On the other hand I do not want to leave my husband Mike and be separated for eight or more years. He would not be able to find a job in Russia as he does not speak Russian. I also already have lost my dental license as I have not worked for four years. In Russia law a dentist loses their license if not working for three years.

    I don't know how we would earn money for daily life in Russia.

    I really do not understand. Who will feel better or who will have a benefit from my being unable to see my family or if I would leave my husband and have to be separated for a long time? Who will benefit from our pain?

    Everyone has people they are close to in life. Everyone should understand that life is so short and the importance for loved ones to be with each other. Everyone would agree that separation will only bring hardship.

    We received many letters of support from our community as we prepare to submit our request for waiver. We have many American friends who are deeply concerned and have understanding for our situation. The area that involves human relationships and feeling obviously needs individual treatment. Each case is individual. If someone suffers or has difficulties on this earth it does not mean you will automatically feel good.

    Best regards,


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  • marmaduk
    So by your logic shown in the post above, if a poor man comes to your house and rob you dry, its your fault for not installing a better security system/home defense to prevent him from entering the house????

    Give me a break, what kind of stupid logic is that??

    I never understand why people continue to shift the blame to the US govt for the poor condition of the illegals either.

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  • Glühbirne
    If immigration laws were actually enforced like they were meant to be, than there wouldn't be 8 million illegal aliens living in this country, the agriculture and food service industries would never have become dependent on illegal labor, and thousands of US citizens like me would never have to find themselves in a position where they are forced to choose between thier spouse and thier homeland. Sure, there would always be a few that would manage to get through, but 8 million!? This is not Mexico's problem, it is not a certain race of people's problem, it is the US government's problem!! The US government has been being lax with immigration and border protection for years and now we are seeing the results. If you want to talk about taking responsibility and accepting consequences, than lets start with the US government. It would be easy to say "It's those dirty Mexicans' fault for not respecting our laws, they need to pay!!" but anybody with a respectable level of intelligence knows that the bulk of the real fault lies in much higher places. If a 5-year-old has poor nutrition, it's the parents' fault for not controlling his eating habits. You can't blame a kid for being a kid. If the US is packed full of illegals, than it's the government's fault for not protecting the border and enforcing its laws. You can't blame a poor man for trying to get a better life. You CAN blame a government for not enforcing its laws. It's just so much fun to blame Mexicans. It makes you feel good about yourself to put another person or group of people down. It's especially fun when you can find others to join you. That makes you feel like your hate is legitimized. If 80% of people want to deport all illegals, than that must mean that it's the thing to do. If 80% of people think that Mexican's cause most of thier problems, than that must mean that they're right. After all, could the majority ever be wrong? Just like the majority of Germans who stood behind Hitler in getting rid of thier own little "foreigner" problem. They had a bad economy and it was obvious that it was the "foreigners'" fault. Why should true, hard-working, law-abiding Germans allow foreigners to live and prosper in THIER country while they were suffering from a bad economy? Hmm. Kind of sounds familiar, doesn't it.
    The US government has turned its back and allowed illegal aliens to become embedded in the social, economical, and cultural framework of this nation. Now there's no way that the problem is going to be solved without a VERY SIGNIFICANT amount of damage to the government, the economy, and the people. If all of the illegal aliens get deported, the repercussions will be far-reaching and serious. I like Bush's proposal for many reasons. It is a good compromise, since even I am against blanket amnesty.

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  • mohan
    Dear E,
    Sensible thread.
    Illegal Immigration is a big problem. it wasn't created overnight and cannot be resolved overnight either Or in single step.
    It cannot be resolved by extending opportunities in Mexico either. Out immigration law needs to be overhauled. compromise is the one way to look at this problem but tightning the law time to tome become so complex then If US provide the Amnesty to Illegals it is unfair for Legal immigrant and If US deport the Illegals then its against human****** and Low paid jobs, and American farmers , Constructions etc.
    In 1986 same situation occured and farmer worker was legalized but because of the Infrastructure of Immigration law we still have the same problem in front of us.
    Life of Illegal is hard here. In sceurity prospective view its athreat because we have more then 8 million who is hidden in the country.
    President Plan is to get them out from the hiding place by giving 3 years. if it works many of illegals who have any source of adjustment will be adjusted but who still cannot be adjusted atleast they will be in the system and Later can be deported at any time. Many people who are in the line for legal immigration will object and can object due to long waiting and backlog that why the bill was introduced to clear backlog first.
    lets see when the camel will sit takes which side.

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  • moondin
    you know..

    we can begin by DEPORTING EVERY *CRIMINAL* ILLEGAL. Who commits crimes, etc.

    Actually this is how it is right now. ICE mainly concentrates on illegals when they commit crimes. But they stil gotta go through courts, and it's stilla VERY slow process and expensive to deport them.

    -= nav =-

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  • acelaw
    Now, I want any LAW abiding US Citizen to think for a moment: if there was a GREAT depression in US tomorrow, if there were no opportunities whatsoever and if their children were starving while there was a possibility to cross the border illegaly and get a job in Canada:I would like to hear from them how many of them would prefer to stay here and die from hunger rather than go to Canada in search of a better life, even if they were not welcomed in Canada? It is easy to judge when you don't know.
    (Whether you like it or not is another question, and if you believe in Darvinistic theory that "weaklings must die" then I have no problem with that. Everyone has a right to hold his own opinion and I have nothing to say as long as one recognizes and admits what his true beliefs are).

    We already went through this and we DID NOT INVADE ANOTHER COUNTRY, WE STAYED AND MADE THE NESSARY CHANGES TO BUILD WHAT YOU SEE TODAY!!!80 years ago this was a poor depressed country just as you describe ,my Grand parents went through this and my parents as children, they were part of the dust bowl migration out west to look for jobs that weren't there, but they stayed in their own country and made the changes , they put in the hard work to give us ,their heirs a better life, they went though 3 wars , they faced food shortages etc... but we did not steal from our neighbors!!!!!!So your question is unfair and one sided .BEEN THERE, SEEN IT ,DONE THAT and tell me where folks are starving to death in the streets in Mexico? Its not happening, life my be rough but you do not have mass starvation as some countries do

    Take the case of Mexico. Vandana Shiva reports that: "According to Victor Suares Carrera of Mexico's National Association of Peasant Maize Producers, it has taken only 14 years of liberalisation and two years of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Association) to wipe out 9,000 years of food security in Mexico. Three years ago Mexico imported half a million tonnes of rice; it now imports seven million. While the corn economy is being destroyed, Mexico is importing yellow corn from the USA." This switch to a reliance on imports has led to real hardship. One out of every two Mexican peasants does not have enough to eat. [51

    One third of the world's children are malnourished. In total 800 million people, one in seven of the world's population, do not get enough to eat. These include nearly 40% of all Africans - also one in nine people in the United States

    ONE IN NINE PEOPLE IN THE U.S. DO NOT GET ENOUGH TO EAT !!! You all think we do not have poor too ????Mexico had 9000 years of food security??? What has changed and who's fault is it ?Not the U.S. citizens fault ,but that is who you want to hang the burden on when you illegally cross the border and stick us with the finical burden of your actions.

    Here you have Fox wanting to dump his problems on the citizens of this country because he has let YOU DOWN
    I've talked about a community of North America, an integrated agreement of Canada, the United States, and Mexico, 20, 30, 40 years from now. That may mean in ten years we can open up that border, WHEN WE HAVE REDUCED THE GAP IN SALARIES AND INCOME." Mexico's President Vicente Fox

    With Mexican per-capita income at best 10% of that in the U.S., that 90% gap will be closed at the expense of the salaries and wages of United States citizens. It may be great for Mexico, but this is a very bad vision for the United States of America.

    Is it worth sinking the United States to try to shore up the Mexican economic morass? Should we, as Americans, feel guilty about our hard-earned prosperity that's taken generations to achieve and just give it all away to a corrupt and covetous neighbor?

    It is not wrong to desire a house, a spouse, a job, or a better life, but it is wrong to desire what belongs to your neighbor and be willing to hurt, steal and destroy to get it. (The tenth commandment: Thou shalt not covet.)
    And you do it under the cover of how poor we are !!!Are WE responsible for your failed economic policy's that have been going on for hundreds of years ???? When you look to the north and see prosperity but continue down the same path then blame and except others to shoulder your burden???? When I see something that works, guess what I emulate it RIGHT????
    Are we American Citizens responsible to take in all failed 3 world countries at the expanse of our way of life and our children's future ???You lay the guilt trip on us unfairly and then bad mouth us when we stand for our laws and our proud immigration history, we are the most generous in the world but we have limits too, when is enough , enough , when you and your family get here? then slam the door on the rest of the worlds poor???

    How can a country that forbids American citizens from openly owning property within its borders be so demanding of its mercenary enterprise within ours?
    It's up to you and me to loudly and resolutely say "No! This is wrong for America. It's not what we stand for and it hurts the best part of America - our great middle-class."

    MEXICO IS NOT THE POOREST NATION IN THE WORLD and people are NOT starving to death in the streets, you have a very rich class of people who control the wealth there, maybe you should make the changes there instead of stealing what is not yours to take.

    *** *** ***
    A CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll indicates a MAJORITY IN THE U.S. IS OPPOSED to the Bush immigration plan.
    By a 2-1 margin, those in the poll said illegal immigrants hurt the economy by driving wages down for many Americans rather than help the economy by providing low-cost labor. In 2000, people were split on that question.
    When people were asked whether the United States should make it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens, 74 percent said no "” up from 67 percent in August 2001.
    The poll of 1,003 adults was taken January 9th-11th and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
    *** *** ***
    Personally I feel like everyone has great deal of recentment and just looking for "revenge", or some sort of "scapegoats

    Who is the scapegoats? Try the USC who pays 70 billion plus per year for illegal aliens dumped here by a president(fox) who has failed his people and makes US the scapegoats because of it !!!!

    dare to suggest that Laws are MAN MADE and their purpose is to serve HUMAN BEINGS and NOT to OPPRESS them. If the opposite were true men would inevitably be forced to break those laws(look at any lawless third world country for a proof of this statement).
    Greatness of US Constitution is in its HUMANITY, REASONABLENESS and HARMONY.
    Now, apparently some of the Immigration Laws are not based on the same principles as US Constitution.
    For how it would be possible to demand of the man/woman not to marry a partner of their choice simply becasue the law of the land does not allow their immediate re-unification?
    How could you demand that man/woman reconsider their dreams to have a child because the law of the land will force that child to live as a half-orphan or have one of the parents as a law-breaking, "illegal" alien?

    Do you notice its all about YOU and your Happiness and the H.E.L.L. with ever one else that you affect negatively with your actions???? Where is your personal responsibility for your bad decision ?Its always everyone else's fault,but yours RIGHT, if I break the law and I go to prison and am separated from my children, ITS MY FAULT, OH YOUR HONOR MY CHILDERN SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHED FOR MY BAD BEHAVIOR RIGHT???ITS ALL A FREE PASS FOR YOU RIGHT??? SAD YOU HAVE TO HIDE BEHIND YOUR CHILDERN !!!!

    look at any lawless third world country for a proof of this statement).

    Its lawless because people like you will not follow any laws that do not suit your agenda, cut the B.S>

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  • E.
    It is unfortunate that no one is willing to answer the question seriously, without any rhetoric that we have heard so many times.
    Personally I feel like everyone has great deal of recentment and just looking for "revenge", or some sort of "scapegoats".You know, like their boss abusing them at work, or problems exist in family, finances, next thing you know people are angry but too weak to deal with their problems. At that point they look for an outlet, for any sort of "scapegoat", to inflict the pain and recieve the plasure in doing so.
    Psychologically this is understandable but UNHEALTHY reaction to the problems one might have.
    Please be aware that I am not here to simply and emotionally defend one side against the other.
    I think it would be naive and stupid.
    Instead I am trying to put facts on the table and expect a reasonable dialoge.
    Those of you who speak of "responsibility" didn't even read my posting, so I can hardly say anything that you would read.
    Or else they would not even mention the word "charity".

    Nobody advocates CHARITY, instead the question is how EVERYONE can get the best?
    And if it is in the interests of majority to get rid of "illegals" then so be it!
    But I expect unemotional, reasoned and thoughtful arguments.
    Not a set of cliches that we all heard million times and that are factually not very well supported.

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  • BronzeLady
    "Now, I am curious how many of good, law abiding citizens would abandon their families, their minor children and newly-wed wives only to see them some 8 years later?Could any relationship endure that?"

    Why can't the U.S. citizen and the children go to that person's country and live? I'm sure it would be much easier for them to get papers there then to get papers here.

    This is the major problem with our society today. Everyone wants to make choices but no one wants to face the consequences of those choices. The fact is every illegal alien made a choice. Whatever the reason, it was still a choice to violate the laws of this country. If you have children you make a choice to do so knowing that possible deportation and separation from family is a possibility? What kind of example do you set for your children when you do not follow the law? Living in an underground world that most of us don't see, potentially being taken advantage of by employers, living in perpetual fear of possible arrest and/or deportation is the consequence for disobeying the laws of this country. It's part of what someone signs up for when they decide to become president.

    It's no different then when we don't feel sorry for professional athletes, movie stars, politicians, etc when what would be a minor incident for the common man gets blown up into a major scandal for them. It's part of the price of being a celebrity. Every choice we make has good points and bad points to it. Why is it we want all of the positive results but don't want to feel any of the negatives?

    Also, the statement that most of the illegal immigrants are from Mexico is incorrect. We have illegals from all over the world and it might suprise you to know that Canadians make up a nice sized majority. Think about it, we spend more time and energy in policing that Southern border while the Northern border is unwatched for huge gaps of miles and miles. By the way, a lot of the potential terrorists that "slip" into the country come from that direction. That's why since 9/11 we have started to watch it more closely....still not close enough.

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  • moondin
    It's a pointless issue. All the illegals will be made legal, even as soon as next year. And the 10 million more that'll come in the next decade will be too.

    In 50 years, you'll be able to get a GC through paypal and print it out on your printer.

    Honestly, i don't even know WHY we have immigration laws. It seems kinda stupid. I don't even BLAME illegals one bit. They're smart and know our weaknesses. I ALWAYS blame the government. I have no ill against those that come here for a better life. Them and I both know they'll be made legal soon -- so how can I blame them?

    -= nav =-

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  • mikeusanc
    Dear E.
    Your commentary states the very thoughts that have gone through my mind and I am sure the minds of many others faced with immigration challenges. My wife and I have just recently been discussing writing to the the President of the U.S. and to our other government representatives to express our thoughts and I hope you will give permission to quote you in regard to the issues you have so eloquently addressed.

    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Mike and Elena

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  • marmaduk
    Heh, acelaw will have a field day with this.

    As for shipping out some in the base of justice lets examine this a bit:
    What real benefit is there for you to have someone "shipped out" of the country, leaving his US born children to grow with a single parent in States?
    For example, you could say that it would serve the interests of Justice.
    In that particular case I would like to know HOW would it serve the Justice and what is your understanding of FAIRNESS is?

    What about those USC or GC holder whose significant other still waiting in the long queue of K visa, I-130 petition, etc? Is it justice for them having to wait all these years, playing by the book and enduring the separation while watching illegals can spend time with their love ones while making mockery of the very own law that they obeyed and uphold all these years ??

    As for the compassion, etc, yes, we should be compassionate when possible, but there's a limit to that. Lets look at it from the economic view alone. US has enough deficit problem by itself. Sure it'll be nice to help everyone, but at what cost? Look at California for example. The health system in there allow illegals to take advantage of it, causing it to go to the red by billions of dollars. Illegal children can go to school while their parent might not even pay a single cent of tax. Everything becomes the burden of your average taxpayers, and I'm sure some of them are pretty sick of getting the bills to pay for someone else needs.

    Do I fault illegals for trying to come here to earn a living? Of course not, its just human nature, and americans would probably do the same as you pointed out earlier if the situation is reversed. Do I blame the US govt/USC/etc who tried not to be taken advantage off by illegals? Of course not, even charity & compassion has its limit.

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