I am here in this country legally. Since I was young, I wanted to pursue My American Dream and wished to strike it big in this country. Even back home I was really impressed with the values and ideas this country stood for and still have difficulty comprehending that the founding fathers thought up all of that more than 200 years ago. I have been fortunate to get a Scholarship in a reputed University on the East Coast and a good job in a big Corporation.
I actively read the newspapers, news-websites to understand the politics, culture of this country and wish to participate, become part of the social fabric. Initially I was led to believe that the Democrats were pro-immigrant and the Republicans were anti-foreigners. I have regular arguments about this with my staunch Republican friend. Over a period of time, I began to understand the great game. This link for example really disgusts me. http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/020726/45/1x5tt.html
There are thousands of us that have taken the legal route to become part of this country and realize our dreams, potential. We want to contribute, gain, assimilate, have kids, build a home, go fishing on weekends, watch the NFL and lead an honest life built on hard work. I had to work hard to go theough the legal route. Documentation, Interviews etc., etc., I still have to wait for months before I get a reply from the INS. But more and more, we seem to be punished for being honest and straightforward, for not being illegals. I dont like it. And shame on that Gephardt. Our only sin is, we dont form a solid vote block.
posted on 08/06/2002 3:53:42 PM PDT
"Under his proposal, "undocumented" immigrants who have been here for at least five years and have been gainfully employed for at least two of them can become legal residents, provided they pass an FBI ( news - web sites) background check and can show that their taxes are fully paid."
If they have been using someone else's SS number they can't prove theyve paid their taxes, right?
Thank you for doing it the legal way and may good fortune follow your paths for doing so!
Our only sin is, we dont form a solid vote block.
Sure you do, but except for Cubans Gephardt and the democrats already take you for granted. They're trolling for more votes by wanting to legalize the illegals.
The whole thing is a scam that politicians should be ashamed of.
BTW, I didn't mean to say you personally were a democrat voter, but recent immigrants as a whole tend to vote for that party. It's just something the Republicans haven't figured out yet.
I've noted for several years that the INS seems to be purposely under-funded or mismanaged to make it so they just don't process the legal people in a timely manner. The number of people who get promised that they can become a citizen legally each year is a lot more than the numbers who actually do become citizens each year. They've got a huge backlog. It is incredible and ridiculous. Republicans who want to limit immigration are painted as being anti-foreigner, but all they want to do is limit immigration, not do away with it. I want to keep between 10% and 15% of all people in the US being foreign born. I don't want it higher than 15%. For this they say I'm anti-foreigner. I'm also offended at those who say we're a nation of immigrants. Our nation has always had 7-15% immigrants among us, the rest are native born. Native born people are not immigrants. Those who say that only american indians are native are just racists.
posted on 08/06/2002 4:37:46 PM PDT
by Red Jones
As we are often reminded when discussions on immigration come up, "we are a nation of immigrants." My Great-Great-Grandparents (on my Mom's side) came over from Holland in the 1840's... My Dad's side of the family has been here (in Georgia by way of Great Britian) since the 1780's ... things were less bureaucratic back then, but they risked the sea journey and the uncertainties, and I am glad they did.
I'm sorry that folks like you have had to jump through the legal hoops (so to speak) only to see lawbreakers rewarded for doing what you were too decent to do. But it is exactly because you chose to do things legally that you are a welcome addition. We all, regardless of how long we have been here, have a vested interest in seeing that everyone that chooses to come here does so with respect for the law.
Anyone who believes that illegal aliens, who's introduction to this country was in breaking the law, will make good citizens, is wrong. Gephart's pandering is pathetic, and insulting to all immigrants who have shown respect for the law.
Immigration - YES. Illegal Immigration - NO!
posted on 08/06/2002 4:41:05 PM PDT
One very unfair thing about amnesty is that legal immigrants are required to find a "sponsor" who is supposed to guarantee financial support of the immigrant should it be needed. An illegal given amnesty can just head right down to a welfare office and force taxpayers to support them. I'm not completely against all illegals becoming citizens but I think every immigrant should have a sponsor willing to support them for the next 20 years, the sponsors should be held to their promise. If an illegal has proven themself to be a responsible and honest employee and has lived here enough years, it shouldn't be that difficult for them to find a sponsor like the legals are required to.
posted on 08/06/2002 4:50:44 PM PDT
I applaud you for persevering and sticking to your principles of honesty and integrity. You and all those who seek to be citizens the legal way deserve far better than this slap in the face.
"It's not really amnesty, Gephardt claims, because it "rewards hard work with fair play." And, he adds, "it will give us more sense of . . . who is willing to play by the rules and who isn't."
Yes it is really amnesty, Little Dickey. Illegal 'immigrants' are criminals and if you drop the charges against them and give them citizenship that is amnesty. It surely does give us a sense of who plays by the rules and who doesn't. Gephardt doesn't! This scheme rewards the criminal for willfully circumventing the law.
Initially I was led to believe that the Democrats were pro-immigrant and the Republicans were anti-foreigners.
Your post shows that you are one who will probably fit in very nicely, in time, with your well-settled neighbors in your adopted homeland. But permit me, as one of those Republicans, whom you were initially lead to believe were anti-foreigners, to clarify some of the issues in the debate over immigration.
Let me make it very clear that as a Conservative, I am--
1. In favor of severe limitations on new immigration. This is because of the vastly greater population which we have today, over what we had a century ago, when we did not have the congestion around the great metropolitan areas, and it would have been much easier for you to go fishing on the weekend, even if you lived in a major city. (I am just taking a light approach to the congestions factor; but it is quite real, and should be contrasted with the writings of George Washington, inviting the right sort of immigrants upon the promise that we were not congested like the old world.)
2. In favor of the National Origins system of quotas for the limited immigration allowed--repealed by Congress under pressure from Lyndon Johnson in 1965--for the reason that it was designed to preserve the traditional cultural mix, which gave America its traditional character, and avoided the possibility of a radical change in our National cultures. (For more on Immigration issues, see Immigration & The American Future.)
3. In no way antagonistic to the people of any nation. Indeed, even as I favor an immigration policy intended to preserve the unique characteristics of America, I would--in a spirit of good will--urge policies for all other nations, designed to preserve the characteristics, which made each of them unique. I have no sympathy whatsoever with the intolerant movements, which would seek to impose a common culture upon all mankind--or diminish the respect that any people have for their own ancestry, and kith and kin. And I have opposed those in our own State Department, who have sought to foist our particular ideas about how we live upon others, for all of my adult life.
Your post is a reasonable statement by one with sincerity and common sense, who obviously desires to be a good citizen. In the spirit in which you wrote, I will express my personal welcome. May America prove all that you hoped for. And may you help us preserve it.
posted on 08/06/2002 5:44:25 PM PDT
DJ...May you be a "TRUE" example to the millions upon millions who feel, that breaking the law is far more easier. You have strong values and I respect that. May your future hold more success for you.
posted on 08/06/2002 6:02:41 PM PDT
posted on 08/06/2002 6:04:55 PM PDT
by Bob J
Welcome, and thank you for coming to this country legally. Please keep on speaking out, as many of our politicians seem to assume that all recent immigrants are in favor of granting amnesty to illegals. I don't understand this. If I were an immigrant and had come in to this country legally, as you did-- waiting my turn, filling out the forms, paying the fees, jumping through the hoops, and whatever else you had to go through-- I would feel the same way you do! After going through all that, I would be especially angry about others sneaking across the border and then getting amnesty.
Bless you, and I hope that living in America is all that you dreamed it would be!
posted on 08/06/2002 6:23:06 PM PDT
by Nea Wood
posted on 08/06/2002 7:59:27 PM PDT
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