Skip to comments.Are You Breaking the Law?
Posted on 10/11/2007 6:54:07 PM PDT by kathsua
What is "illegal"? As of July l, not wearing a seat belt in Kansas makes you illegal. If you hold your crying child in your arms in a moving car, you're illegal. You are illegal if you smoke a cigarette in some cities, or if you burn your field, wash your car, or water your lawn during a ban. You can even become "illegal" without any effort on your own part.
Millions of people in this country arrived with their families as young children years ago. They grew up, went through school, married Americans, and had children, who, by birth, are Americans. If you think that being married to an American or being a parent of American children gives a person legal status under current law, you are wrong. Marriage or familial ties does not change your immigrant status.
Then people should "get legal," shouldn't they? Well, they very much want to, but today's immigration law makes it virtually impossible. See, you cannot apply for legal status while in the U.S. You must apply from your home country, even if you haven't lived there since you were a baby, and you have no home there to go back to. But suppose you do go back to your native country to apply. Part of the application process to come to the U.S. from another country includes an interview and affidavit both, which ask the specific question if you have lived in the U.S. without documentation. If your answer is "yes," then you must wait 10 years before applying again. If you lie and say "no," that's perjury (remember your name is on those children's birth certificates), and you are indefinitely barred from re-entering the United States. Millions of U.S. undocumented residents are in this very situation today. No intentional "crime" was committed, no harm or damage to anyone, yet in this era of terrorist paranoia, there is no avenue for millions of hardworking, otherwise law-abiding, people to become "legal."
Is it a realistic expectation for mothers or fathers in this situation to leave their families with no legal hope to rejoin them? Most Americans do not understand that strict enforcement of current law amounts to government-forced abandonment of families. U.S. society already feels the negative effects of broken homes and poverty from loss of breadwinners. Our country is not made better or safer by creating more.
People who are already here working, who have family ties, education, English, live upright lives, and have positively contributed to our society, should have some reasonable way to apply for and get legal work/resident status. It's time to change the law.
“....let hard working people alone...”
I agree whole heartedly!!! I sure wish the IRS would have been more understanding when I scrawled the very same thing on my 1040 that one time :(
Would support putting pressure on the employers of illegal aliens to fire their illegal alien workers. The illegal aliens would return to Mexico (and other countries). The border should be secured (this should be started earlier, but if successful will probably finish by the time there is a mass exodus of illegal aliens). Then some sort of 'guest worker' system can be put in place so that millions of foreigners more can come in legally (and get background and medical checks) and get jobs, pay taxes, etc. There should be some degree of punishment for illegal aliens already here (just as there should be some degree of punishment for intentional jaywalking, being in a moving car without a seatbelt (when illegal), smoking in places where smoking is illegal, etc. That part of the author's article is not very persuasive.
Could be advantageous for both countries in the long run.
Not bad, but couldn’t we just enslave them? ; )
Shame on them!
If you are a real family, and a real mother and father, if you have to go ANYWHERE at all, take your children with you!
What kind of parents are these that would abandon their children if they have been caught breaking the law of this country and have to go back to their country of origin?
The legal hope to join them? The legal hope is take your children with you were ever you have to go.
In other words your argument betrays your idiocy. The flow of illegals into the US includes criminals and terrorists. They are not coming to America seeking freedom and intending to build a new country as were the colonists. So how in hell you get off fabricating an argument such as that and trying to shove those words in my mouth? Don't play those silly games with me.
Whoever this writer is they are completely ill-informed about US immigration law. Thousands of illegal aliens adjust their status to that of a legal resident every year through a variety of wavers and application processes and no they dont have to leave the country.
Good idea. I'll do that right away!
Pipe dream. Kinda hard to do when we're talking about an invasion of 40? million people, and our "government" allowed it.
If you are married to a US citizen, then you can get a waiver, which is granted about 99% of the time and at most, you'll be out of the US for less then 12 months.