Solutions to Being in America Illegally

Immigration reform is a slow and political process. It is a hot topic even among those Hispanic officials within the reform debate. Just because they are Hispanic or other race, does not mean that they are any less American than a white or black person. The division, as usual, lies between party lines.

So far, the reform has passed the Senate because the Republicans would not pass it without several amendments to it. Some of these are, an additional 20,000 border patrol agents to be hired and posted along the Mexican border (this is in addition to the 19,000 already there); another 350 miles of wall to stop illegals from crossing (this is in addition to the 350 miles of it already there); a new system to identify those who overstay their visas; and another $46 billion for border security!

The US-Mexican border is fast becoming America's Berlin Wall. For those too young, the Russians built this wall hundreds of miles to keep east and west Berliners separated. It was always the east Berliners trying to get to freedom in west Berlin. Already, US border patrol agents have apprehended over 250,000 illegals trying to sneak their way in.

The new changes that will take effect IF the reform becomes law, are as follows:

  • Illegals can register for a provisional status that would allow them to work legally and to travel outside the USA. The person would pay $500 penalty fee plus taxes owed. They must pass a criminal background check. If they have a felony or three misdemeanors, they cannot obtain the status.
  • After the provisional status is maintained for 10 years, they would qualify for permanent legal status and get a Green Card. After having this card for three years, they are eligible to be a citizen if they know English and American history.
  • Those with Green cards are not eligible for health insurance and not mandated to obtain it.

For those illegals who were brought into the US before age 16, were in the US continually (never leaving) from June 15, 2007 and in the US on June 15, 2012, are a candidate for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). If they meet the guidelines and provide documents, they can become a US citizen.

These must be students or had received an Honorable Discharge from the US military. They need to provide a valid passport of the country they were born in, birth certificate. They need to show that they were in the US before age 16 and continual residence from 2007. Passports, school records, medical records, employment records, high school diploma, military records, tax records, rent receipts or utility bills, are the most common that can show these two important requirements.

If there are any gaps in the continual time required from 2007, these must be explained. The longer the gap is, the more likely it will prevent you. Let's say, you were in the US continually except for a period of three months when you returned to your home country. That could be enough to disqualify you under DACA. If you entered legally but your authorized time to stay expired, you need form I-94 completed. If you entered the US when you were 16, you do not qualify.

DACA is really for kids of illegals who came to America, attended US schools, are in all ways- American except for being a citizen. Many times, the child is ashamed or embarrassed to find out that he is illegally here, even though, he attend school from K-12. Once the child becomes a US citizen, it may help his parents become legal residents.

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Cassie Smith 3 years ago from U.S.

The Gang of 8 are making a lot of assumptions. One, that these illegals want to be citizens. Two, that we have to do anything to make them legal. They made their own bed, they should lie in it. We shouldn't be obligated to do anything for them. Close the border and concentrate on doing that. Enforce the laws in place that will prosecute those who hire illegals. Just doing those two will go a long way towards discouraging illegal aliens.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

The reason the reform is happening is because of the sheer numbers and America needs them to some extent, especially those who harvest the food. But, children of illegals who have lived here all their lives and gone to our schools deserve citizenship.


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acdashford 3 years ago from Fort Wayne, IN

Please please please...can we stop referring to people who've have bypassed traditional immigration laws as "illegals"? Just earlier this year, the Associated Press, one of the most respected journalist empires in the world, dropped the use of the term "illegal aliens." While the ACTION of coming into the country is ILLEGAL, PEOPLE are NOT ILLEGAL.

Let's acknowledge these HUMAN BEINGS who have come to America, not to do harm, but do well for their families and communities, for what they really are..."Undocumented WORKERS and FAMILIES"

If anything, we are all "illegal aliens" in America. The American Indian people of this nation did not invite us, nor did the Mexicans who owned much of the Southwest...but we came in anyway.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

It is really semantics. One can provide legitimate arguments for either, What is needed is solutions.


Ralph 3 years ago

"Please please please...can we stop referring to people who've have bypassed traditional immigration laws as "illegals"?"

We could just call them criminals.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Ay Carumba!


Ralph 3 years ago

I forgot to ask AC what "traditional immigrations laws" are. I'm assuming she is talking about the current laws of the United States governing how people can cross it's borders, but I want to be sure.


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acdashford 3 years ago from Fort Wayne, IN

NO it's not just "semantics." Calling gay people "homosexuals" has a totally different connotation to the general public than calling them simply gay. Calling black people "Negroes" has a totally different connotation to the general public than calling them simply black. And certainly, calling undocumented workers and families "illegals" (not even illegal immigrants, just illegals or criminals) is DE-humanizing.

Do you know and understand what "Dehumanization" is? I'll give you a hint. Dehumanization was how the Third Reich of Germany was able to convince everyone that the Jews were the cause of their problems. Dehumanization was how slave owners were able to exert so much power over enslaved human beings. Dehumanization was how early Americans captured children from American Indian tribes and brutalized them until they conformed to "American" ideals and dogma.

So forgive me if I cannot see this issue like you, but "illegals" really? How bout we start addressing PEOPLE as HUMAN BEINGS?


Ralph 3 years ago

@ac

"So forgive me if I cannot see this issue like you, but "illegals" really? How bout we start addressing PEOPLE as HUMAN BEINGS?"

Okay, let's just refer to these human beings as criminals. They are breaking the law.


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perrya 3 years ago Author

Well, when undocumented workers refer to themselves as being here illegally, I think that ends the argument. I know, I work with them. It is not like Hitler and Jews whatsoever. Native Indians also frequently killed the parents of white kids and took the kids and made them slaves, in a sense. Those in the country legally are documented, those who cross the border without papers are here illegally. They know it.


Ralph 3 years ago

@perrya

Exactly.

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