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Posted on 02/07/2013 4:57:02 AM PST by shoff
I was brought to this country from Mexico when I was 2 years old.
I am an undocumented immigrant -- and I am living proof that our immigration system is broken.
For the first 17 years of my life, I slept on a couch. My mom worked three jobs to support our family.
I worked hard, too. I did my homework, participated in class, and earned the opportunity go to college. But after I enrolled, state law changed and many undocumented immigrants were forced to drop out. Suddenly they could no longer afford the education they were eager to work for.
We started organizing. We'd go up to people on campus, and ask them if they'd heard about the DREAM Act, which would allow hard-working immigrants who grew up in the U.S. to earn a path to citizenship. For those who opposed it, we'd tell them what happened to us.
It was amazing: Just telling our stories would change people's minds.
This is exactly how we're going to persuade people across the country to get behind President Obama's plan for comprehensive immigration reform.
Everyone has a story -- I'm sure you do, too. As the President said last week, "Unless you're one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else. Somebody brought you."
At this critical moment, will you share your immigration story? Organizing for Action will use these stories to move the conversation forward.
Now, almost six years later, I've completed law school and was fortunate to receive deferred action. I consider myself an American, and I want to play by the same rules as everyone else. But, as it stands, I can never become a citizen. I can't adjust my status. For most of my life, I could have been arrested, detained, and deported.
I'm not alone. Millions of undocumented immigrants like me live in fear of being deported permanently to a country we may have never even visited. Our entire lives could be erased.
You might not live under the same shadow. But the best thing about this country is that we are more alike than we are different. We all have a story of a mother, or grandfather, or great-great grandparent who came here to find opportunity or safety.
Through this grassroots movement, we can raise our voices, tell our stories, and make sure Congress and all Americans better understand the ties that bind us. Our stories can drive our organizing. Share your own story today, and help Organizing for Action get the word out on why this matters:
The majority of Americans agree we need to fix our badly broken system, and we saw major progress last week. But it's on us to keep up the momentum and make sure it gets done.
Thanks for speaking up.
I might suggest that freepers send in their own stories of being victims of illegal immigration but you know they will be just tossed out. We could make up victim stories get picked and recant before the media. The third thing is real victim stories, job loss, business loss, Auto or home theft, gang activity whatever and forward to Republicans.
Also note how illegals are sent to a vote with Obama website. Do you think they might encourage voter fraud without getting their hands dirty?
Great, just what we need is another lawyer who doesn't believe in following our laws!
I’m part Cherokee so my family was already here as if that is any of this dude’s business! He didn’t get here legally which matters to most people who are required to follow our laws.
This is a clear indication of how ignorant the President is, and uninformed of true historical fact: The so called “Native Americans” actually migrated to the Americas from Asia over the Land Bridge Thousands of years ago.
As for the guy writing this “article” he should pack his bags and get out of the country, period. As a 3rd generation son of immigrants who migrated to America legally from Italy he and his “comrades” are an insult to all those who came here to seek freedom and opportunity.
Mine stepped off the mayflower. Am i still supposed to feel like an immigrant?
Hey Jose, your parents were criminals. They could have done things the right way but they chose to do things the illegal way. Their poor decision effected you not MY country’s laws. Now that you’ve got a worthless law degree I’m sure it’ll be someone else’s fault that you can’t find a job. You are the whining son of criminals. Shut your noise hole!
Do not blame America for your problems JosB, blame your illegal alien parents. Go home and ask them why they did not do it legally like my GGparents did in the 1800s. And I can bet you did not pay for that college education....government minority grants paid for that education didn’t you fricking leech...
Then they had 15 kids to work the land that they aquired to better themselves and their family. Worked hard daylight til dark. See, back then the government did not give you squat, JosB...
My paternal ancestors have been here since 1712. It took my mother two years to come here from Germany. She came here legally though a ‘war bride’. No one was ever more proud to be an American or understood the freedom she enjoyed more than my mother. She raised us without government help after my father left because of what she saw in Nazi Germany. She bases her belief on the ‘government that is powerful enough to give you everything is powerful enough to take everything from you” from that experience.
I guess since my parents did not come from the part of Europe that is the Iberian Peninsula, I do not get Special Rights like those with Spanish surmanes.
Wonder if Rubio-Obama Amnesty would be pushed if the illegal aliens were from Germany? I doubt it
Nice documentation. Same here. Grandpa brought his family from Weimar, Germany in 1927, immigrated through NYC, and they lived in tenement in Brooklyn for a few years before saving enough to build a house in Thornwood north of NYC. Dad was 3 when he arrived on the boat. The entire family patiently spent a lot of time and money becoming legally naturalized citizens of the United States.
Sorry, Jose Magana, but you the rest of your ilk who want to skip to the head of the line just don’t have a case with those of us whose ancestors followed the rules. I’m sorry your parents brought you here illegally. I suggest you go back to your ancestral home, live there a couple of years, and then follow the legally prescribed path to immigration and citizenship.
I do feel for the hard working illegals who came to WORK not freeload and afford their kids a better life. For the illegals who serve in our military there is no question they should have an easier path to citizenship. There should be a path to citizenship for those who can show they will not be a burden to the state. They should prove they took no welfare or food stamps in some set period of time. in other words that they supported themselves.My daughter in law is on path to citizenship and my son has to show that they can support themselves. A legal Mexican immigrant who works 5:30 am to 3:30 pm asked why does the government support healthy able bodied people by giving them welfare?
That said, the border needs to be secured.
Yes, there’s a story behind the Hammer clan.
My forebears immigrated to this country LEGALLY, then worked their *sses off to make good without any form of government assistance whatsoever.
They have always abided by this nation’s laws, and expect others to do likewise, and have watched in dismay as the government looted more and more of the nation’s hard-earned dollars to pay for countless programs for those who came here ILLEGALLY.
Sorry you snuck in; if you hadn’t, and had waited for a legal entry, you might be a citizen by now.
Nevertheless, you are a law breaker and a burden to others and should expect to suffer the consequences.
And THAT’s the story, Charlie - uh, sorry, Carlos.
Just found out, through my mother’s estate, that I’m 1/16 Cherokee.
My great grandmother’s family goes back to the 1600s. We found one distant relative who was captured as a slave by indians in the northeast at least twice. He finally said screw it and married one and started a town of mixed indian/white in northern NY state.
That is a great document that your great grandfather signed. I wonder how many of our “undocumenteds” would fill that out and sign it and how many would lawyer up and claim that its a violation of some imagined civil right to maintain their “heritage” as they suck off the American teat.
My ancestors immigrated (legally) to the Republic of Texas back in the 1840’s.
Maybe obama came “from somewhere else” but I sure as heck didn’t!
well Jose, hopefully as a lawyer, you will respect the law more than your parents did. And won’t spend the whole time helping people flout it. You really ought to figure out a way to assist Mexico in becoming a more legitimate less criminal country. That would go a long way toward helping your countrymen bloom where they are planted and have some opportunity other than being a drug dealer or drug runner or cougar.
The actions of parents can adversely affect their children, that’s not news. Perhaps the lack of foresight and concern for this obvious truism should bring the children to question the parents, asking why they would put their children into such a position.
No, it’s not fair to the children but the “unfairness” began with the parents making their children part of the illegality.
He is a broken record. It is just a rehash of his "you didn't build that speech."
“Suddenly they could no longer afford the education they were eager to work for. “
But he has no problem taking the tax dollars from US/state citizens to bump a citizen from getting the education that he, too, has worked for. Take that up with your mother who decided she would simply move to the head of the line.
My maternal grandfather came to the US in 1910. At that time, he was considered a subject of the crown, since Ireland was still a province of England. We’ve got all of his papers. Maternal grandmother was first generation Irish. Don’t know much about the paternal side. Grandfather came down to Michigan from Quebec. I know he died in 1948. My paternal grandmother died before I was born; she was a first generation Irish.
They came here legally! They became citizens. They spoke only English in the home until they learned the language and they adopted all American customs without whining or losing their own culture.
I am eternally grateful to them!
Lets be fair.
If a bad guy robs Brinks of $3,000,000.00 it is not his children’s fault.
They should be allowed to keep the money.
My family’s from the United States of America. Yours isn’t, and neither are you.
I was at an illegal immigrant counter protest and one supporter stated that how can you blame the kids, the parents just wanted a better life for their children. I responded by saying so why is that Americas problem, what the parents did to their own children, and couldnt Bernie Madoff say the same thing about his crime it was just for a better life for my children. After huffing but thats different they hustled off.
Both sides of my family have been traced to coming over in early 1700’s from Germany and Ireland. They are followed the rules and worked hard.
It makes my wife mad (she is 1/4 Apache) when I put Native American on surveys. I tell her and others my lineage has been here almost as long as Indians. Even Indians came from somewhere else. They just got here first. I am as Native as the next person.
So when somebody breaks into your house and brings their kids, its ok for them to stay?
The sad thing is that if the Congress passes amnesty on 12 million plus illegals only a miniscule amount will ever come forward and apply for citizenship. Most Mexicans are highly national and have no desire to be come US citizens.
Thanks to my wife’s interest in genealogy, I’ve learned that I had ancestors in North America at the time of the Revolution, and they fought on both sides of the war. Quite a bit of Mom’s family tree came over from England (my earliest known ancestor is recorded in an English census shortly after the Norman conquest, in fact) and on Dad’s side I’m descended from Hessians.
But I recently learned that one of my more recent ancestors, my great-grandfather (Dad’s mom’s dad), may have come here illegally. He was born in the Azores and was a crewmember of a ship docked in New York, and one day decided to jump ship and remain in the States; this was some time before WWI, although I don’t recall exactly when he came to America (I do know that Nana was born in 1913, though).
On a somewhat “unrelated” note, it turns out that on my mom’s side of the family, I’m distantly related to Dolly Madison and John Marshall.
If you do the math from big sisters own Department of Homeland security you will see only 12% of the immigrants are illegal. The rest seem to have figured out how to use the broken system. But the illegals never go away and just keep adding up. Janet from another planet figures about 500,000 illegals each year multiply by 24 (approx years since last immigrant fix) and 12 million poor souls in the country. Ill post my article about it later.
Cry me a river, Josie...most of my ancestors were here when we were still a British Colony, arriving in the 1600’s, others came legally through Ellis Island. All came before 1900. So just get your illegal, alien butt back to Mexico where it belongs.
My fathers family came from England in the 1690’s and also includes american indian over the years.
My mothers parents came from Lithuania in 1908 through Ellis Island and did it LEGALLY.
My wife came from Sweden in the 1980’s and it took her 15 years to get her US citizenship LEGALLY.
My daughter-in-law is from Monterrey, Mexico, and has her MS in Industrial Engineering and did so on a tennis scholarship. She is currently going through the process of getting her citizenship LEGALLY.
I have worked ranch laborers from Mexico who got their citizenship LEGALLY.
QUIT YOUR WHINING JOSE! EXISTING LAWS ALLOW YOU TO GET YOUR CITIZENSHIP. GET IN LINE AND JUST DO IT.
We need to change the tone of our argument, and explain that we are not anti-illegal immigration, but rather we are Pro LEGAL immigration.
kick his and every other illegal alien out!!!
They forced me to shut down a 57 year old business started in 1936.
I either had to get rid of my employees that were getting $23.86 plus $7.80 in fringes and hire illegal aliens at $12 cash with no deductions or go out of business.
Instead of violating all the labor and tax laws I closed the business in 1992.
I hate the gad damn bastards!!!!!
WWMD? What Would Mexico DO...to an illegal alien residing within it’s borders?
I’m related to William Bradford. I’m also related to American Indians (who didn’t, as the President apparently believes, spring up from the ground here). I guess I’m not “American”, according to the Idiot-In-Chief.
My biggest problem with all of this is there are many people in many countries that choose to come here legally from the beginning, and put in a lot of time and money to attempt to do so. Each and every one of them deserve to become citizens before anyone that came here illegally in my opinion.
Another issue is we did amnesty before, and were promised the border would be secured and laws would be enforced against future illegals. This did not happen and here we are again being promised a secure border and enforcement. Fool me once...
All somebody has to say is that all we are asking is to have the same immigration policy as Mexico.
“Just found out, through my mothers estate, that Im 1/16 Cherokee.”
We may be distant relatives. lol!
At least I KNOW that I am here LEGALLY (unlike this jerk)!!!
So did you immediately break into singing Paul Revere and the Raiders' "Indian Reservation"?
I have a nice box of beads for any guns you have.
My earliest ancestor stepped off an unnamed ship about 1650 onto the coast of what later became Virginia. It took them almost 200 years to make it to Texas.
Post about the truth in numbers of illegal’s