Cross Posted by My Country My View
I come across these articles from time to time and they really touch my heart.
I think what gets me the most are the feelings of the people that tried so hard to get here legally.
These people worked hard for their citizenship, just to be spit on by people that sneak into our Country Illegally and take what belongs to the AMERICAN PEOPLE!
In this article there are many that speak their mind and tell their stories.
Of course I don’t agree with every thing that is said.
I agree that it is very sad for many people living in poverty but we have so much of it here in our own Country.
I feel that we need to take care of our own first, our Country is slowly falling apart.
So many homeless AMERICANS!
Here we are taking care of people that don’t even belong here while our own go without.
I have only posted some of the comments there are many, many more.
USATODAY.com – OPINION
Immigration is beneficial — if it’s legal
Charles H. Collins Jr. – Ledgewood, N.J.
I favor immigration. My wife came over from the USSR, worked until her visa expired and then returned to post-Soviet Russia. Next, she got a visa and returned with her daughter. After the expenditure of time, money, study and hard work needed to legally qualify, she got green cards for both. They became citizens.
(San Ysidro, Calif.: Customs and Border Protection agents stand on the U.S.-Mexico border last week. On Thursday, President Bush signed a bill that approves the construction of 700 miles of new fencing along the United States’ southern border. / By Sandy Huffaker, Getty Images)
Elena and Nadia followed the law and waited. They got no tax amnesty and were not permitted to step in line ahead of others. Neither has relied on welfare, bilingual education or other means that liberal politicians use to pander to cheaters and lazy people who want something for nothing. Both Elena and Nadia speak better English than the average basketball fan, work harder than the average native-born American, inform themselves about the issues and vote at every legal opportunity.
I oppose illegal immigration, and I do not support amnesty for those who snuck in and who would, with the help of pandering politicians, cut in line and evade taxes. If those who came illegally return home and get in line with the others who are willing to learn English and become Americans, and who come over when it’s their turn, that’s OK with me. Furthermore, those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants are complicit in their flouting of the law.
In the meantime, illegal immigrants should return home at their own expense and be grateful that the United States doesn’t treat them as their home countries probably treat people who sneak over their borders.
Hurdles to legal status
Ludmila and Roman Uskovits – Beulah, Colo.
We are a family of four and live in Colorado. We came five years ago, we’ve had five lawyers to “help” us and we are still illegal immigrants.
I wish somebody would tell us what to do. We have two children, and we want to have legal status or go to Slovakia. Our lawyer can’t do anything until the law changes. We would like to be able to work legally, have insurance and live here without being afraid — not knowing what the future is. We want our kids to study, but we are not sure whether it is possible. Anything we want to accomplish is more difficult. We can’t buy a car. I wanted to study at Pueblo Community College, but I had to have a TOEFL test score, which is a test of English for foreigners. I went to Denver to take the test, paid $150 and they did not let me do it. I do not have a Colorado ID.
Why did we not take care of our status when we came? We spoke very little English and we weren’t sure who to ask or what to do when our visa expired. We’ve talked with some lawyers who could not help us.
We like it in Colorado. The mountainous country reminds us of home. We think there are great opportunities for children in the USA, and we would like to stay. We wish it would be easier to become legal.
We are a nation of laws
Asa Wilson – Manchester, Mo.
Though I think we should never disdain the value and dignity of each person, we are, nevertheless, a nation of laws. Just as we hold ourselves accountable to our laws, we must hold accountable people who have chosen to illegally enter our country.
I firmly believe that immigration must be regulated according to laws developed in our country’s legislatures.
People who do not abide by those laws should be made to leave our country. This process must be reasonable and compassionate, but resolute in its purpose and outcome. We should not simply grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.
I also believe that the root of the illegal immigration problem is that our government, at all levels, is willing to “look the other way” in order to provide a cheap labor force. We should require employers to verify that all employees are here legally. Finally, I do not agree with our country’s practice of granting citizenship to any person born on U.S. soil. The status of the child should be equal to the preferred status of either parent. If either parent is a citizen, then the child is a citizen. If the parents are in the immigration process, then the child is, too.
Employment is affected
James M. Haas – Grand Junction, Colo.
I am a licensed general contractor in California. I originally got my license in 1972. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, I became aware of the deterioration in the construction trades because of the huge influx of illegal alien construction workers. This influx resulted in depressed wages, lower quality of work on projects, and a feeling of hopelessness on the part of American construction workers, myself included.
In 1987, I moved my family to Colorado, mainly to escape the illegal invasion of California. Much to my horror, within a few years, the illegal immigrants began pouring into Colorado, too, lowering wages and the general quality of life for residents and workers here.
In frustration and anger, I was determined to do something about it. In February of 2005, I joined the Minuteman Project and attended its operations on the Mexican border near Sierra Vista, Ariz. Yes, I’m one of the original Minutemen. I have been active politically since. I am still working part-time because I was forced into early semiretirement because of the illegal Mexican invasion, and I cannot live on the lesser income that I draw because of the hordes of illegal invaders.
No amnesty for lawbreakers
Kenneth G. Bristow – West Plains, Mo.
People who are here illegally are criminals under U.S. law and should be deported accordingly.
I am an immigrant to the USA. My family and I came here in December 1970 after waiting 17 months for a visa that allowed us to enter as “resident aliens.” I am a graduate engineer and had a position waiting for me.
Before being allowed into this country, my family and I were subjected to scrutiny by federal officials, our immediate family members were also scrutinized, and inquiries about our character were made to neighbors. My wife, myself and our two very young children were each required to submit to a complete physical and had to prove that we could speak English before we were issued that visa. We carried and paid for our own health insurance. While we were resident aliens, we were required to prove that our taxes were fully paid before leaving the country to visit family in our mother country.
We have since become proud and lawful U.S. citizens. Why should these illegal aliens be allowed to receive benefits? As criminals, they are certainly not entitled to them, and just because they are now residents in our country does not automatically make them U.S. citizens. There should be no amnesty.
Legal system is broken
David S. Merson – Sharon, Mass.
I am an immigration attorney in Boston with a small practice focusing on securing temporary and permanent (green card) visas for foreign workers. I work closely with employers of all sizes and industries and can say that the problems with the U.S. immigration system have never been worse.
While much attention is focused on the dilemma surrounding illegal aliens — and surely some type of comprehensive remedy is needed to address this massive undocumented and undertaxed population both for economic and security reasons — little to no focus is on legal immigration.
What is unknown to most people, including those in Congress, is that thousands of foreign workers are languishing with no ability to immigrate legally.
Currently, there are no permanent visas available for skilled and professional workers and few for advanced-degree and highly skilled aliens.
We have clients with highly skilled tradesmen, such as a German glass painter or a Japanese sushi chef, or professional workers, such as an Irish mechanical engineer, who are forced to wait outside the USA or to leave America and their employer because there are not sufficient visas to legally immigrate here.
Thus, when those such as Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., pay lip service to legal immigration vs. illegal immigration, the reality is that there is no legal immigration of any significant level because the system is entirely broken.
If the United States is not able to accommodate controlled and regularized legal immigration, how is the problem with illegal workers ever to be sensibly addressed?
Fortunately, some in the Senate and House have supported the Securing Knowledge Innovation and Leadership (SKIL) bill, which would provide relief for these talented foreign workers and their employers — but this bill has stalled since the summer. I hope with a new Congress, this will change.
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I have been working for 7 years, paid my taxes (income tax and social security tax) without fail.
My last company has applied for Green card 2 years back and I know I have to wait for at least another 4 years to get a Green Card because of the huge backlog in INS processing center.
Meanwhile I am not able to change employers (as I am chained to my employer by virtue of the promise of Green Card aka freedom) and I feel that I am not able to work to my full potential.
Also I am not able to invest and buy property because even though I can very well afford it I dont want to buy a property with all the uncertainity about the Green Card.
I think after seven years of working hard, paying taxes , not breaking the law and able to prove oneself in ones place of work – he or she deserves some basic freedom that a human being is entitled to. He/She should be able to change job at will and should be able to buy property. Also did I mention that even though we pay social security taxes we are not entitled to the benifit unless we get Green Card?
Where do the 46 Million Uninsured USA Citizens go for health care?…………
We all are not Follies as many ASS-U-ME !!
ASK YOUE OFFICALS TO SOLVE These REAL issues mentioned above, and stop playing folly fear politics on the backs of the poor that come to work hard to build a life and feed their Famalies with RESPECT.
Who is Stepping up to the plate and solving these Main issues That are the REAL AILMENT of our nation.?
Its Not the Poor “undocumented Human”.
Can we take a look at how Canada, UK and other countries effectively manage their immigration process and use of those learnings?
Talent is the most important commodity in this century and if we do not foster and encourage it, it goes else where. For years U.S has been the beneficiary of the best minds and talent of the world wanting to work here. It is because we had the best environment to nurture such talent, which put U.S on the fore front of innovations in the world for decades.
The job of leaders is to give us a good policy even if some times voters disagree on some of it.
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