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Emphasizing ILLEGAL when ILLEGAL fits the bill

Updated on September 28, 2015
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I'm on the right side of politics and enjoy a good debate on government, the economy, and the rights of the people.

Immigration

Immigration; The topic everyone wants to talk about but no one wanted to do anything about until one man made national headlines early this year with a firebrand speech in June of 2015. Donald Trump, a political outsider and candidate for the office of President of the United States had the courage to say loudly and proudly that he felt America was being abused by the world. Criminals and other unsavory people were sneaking into this nation illegally along with many other people, also illegally, to take advantage of everything great America has to offer. Initially Mr. Trump was blasted by the media and other political opponents; however Trump’s statements and his continued attacks on our immigration system underscore a majority of public perception.

Legal Immigration - A Long Process

Legal immigration into the United States is a long and complicated process, but necessary. First a prospective citizen must receive a Green Card which can be obtained by marriage to a U.S. Citizen, through a sponsorship of relatives who are American citizens, a legitimate job offer by a U.S. company, have at least one million dollars you’d invest in a U.S. business, or a number of other ways. Once you are a permanent and lawful resident of the United States, you must meet additional requirements for actual citizenship, such as showing good moral character and being able to pass a test in English on U.S. history and government. The next step is filing paperwork with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which will cost around $700.00. If you are accepted, then you’ll be required to be fingerprinted, have a background check by the FBI, and have a face to face interview with an officer from the UCSIC, where you will be quizzed on your answers provided on the paperwork and your knowledge of the English language will be tested. If you are approved, then the last step is taking the oath of loyalty to the United States.

The "Oath"

Actual Oath

The oath was “clarified” effective July 21, 2015. Candidates for citizenship previously declared that they will “bear arms on behalf of the United States” and “perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States” when required by the law. However now, a candidate may be eligible to exclude these two clauses based on religious training and belief or a conscientious objection. Some believe this was altered to accommodate Sharia Law, while others question the fact that an applicant does not have to formally declare a religion that excludes them. Regardless of where you stand on the oath, here it is in full for review.

"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."

Legal Immigration continued

The time it takes from first securing a Green Card until becoming an actual citizen depends on many factors, type of application, and certain numerical limitations placed on annual immigrations. As an example, in 2014 permanent employment based visas were capped at 140,000 and were divided into 5 subcategories depending on the skill levels and jobs of the applicants. The total number of family-based applications often nears 500,000. In addition to limitations placed on various skills and family types, the United States limits total immigration per year from any one country. No group can make up more than 7% of the total annual immigrants in a single year, not to be discriminatory, but to prevent manipulation of the system. The process can take years for many applicants and depending on where they are coming from, such as Mexico, the 7% rule keeps a long backlog. Generally applicants must be Green Card holders for 5 years before trying to move to the next step in the process. Between 2010 and 2013 about one million people per year were granted U.S. citizenship through immigration.

There are certain special provisions established to allow for the assimilation of refugees or migrants that are considered “at risk” if they would return to their home country. Wars, ethnic genocide, or famine can trigger this clause. This figure is established annually by the President with the consultation of Congress. The Fiscal Year 2015 figure was set at 70,000, with a specific breakdown of where the refugees could originate from. President Obama has proposed increasing these numbers in the future with 2016 being 85,000 and 2017 being 100,000. Also there was a shift in the origination with a larger percentage of refugees from war-torn Syria being admitted.

What Disqualifies you

There is a list of things which will bar a person from immigration into the United States. If you have a communicable disease like tuberculosis, have a drug trafficking record, document history of drug abuse, a physical or mental disorder which could be a public health concern, prostitution arrests, or failure to show proof of required vaccines you will be unable to immigrate. In addition, anyone with multiple criminal arrests, crimes of morality, history of intention of committing espionage or acts of terrorism, participation in genocide, torture, or extra-judicial murders, previous violations of U.S. Immigration law, or the likelihood of becoming dependent on welfare or public assistance will also disqualify you. Currently there is a system in place, which is surprising as much as revealing how corrupt things in Washington have become which will allow for waivers to be granted getting around most of these, a sort of legal forgiveness or offer of a fresh start in the United States. The ones that really stand out that are available for waiver are violating U.S. Immigration laws and criminal convictions, which basically is a capitulation to illegal immigrant activities in the future and the loophole amnesty seekers often use for their attempted defense.

US Law and Associated Topics

United States laws have specific provisions on entering the country improperly. These laws do not just cover sneaking across the border in the dead of night, but are broader and cover attempting to enter the United States other than one designated, eluding inspection by U.S. immigration officers, or attempting to enter or obtain entry to the United States using a false document or by lying on a visa application. These laws have corresponding criminal penalties attached to them which could include prison time and also allows for aggregated jail time for multiple offenses. Additional related laws provide stiff penalties for people who were previously deported for criminal actions. Further portions of the law cover those who stay in the country after their visa has expired.

Another surprise that many find unsettling is that undocumented people have been awarded certain rights like illegal search and seizure, freedom of speech, and in some circumstances the right to file lawsuits in U.S. courts. Despite the fact that rights established in our Constitution were for U.S. citizens, illegals are using them for their own benefit. Current President Barack Obama announced in November of 2014 that he was taking executive action to delay the deportation of some 5 million illegal immigrants, in what seemed like direct challenge to existing law. People who are parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents will receive deportation deferrals and authorization to work legally if they have been in the U.S. for more than five years and pass background checks, which would have basically made parents of anchor baby’s de-facto citizens. 26 states challenged the executive order, and in February 2015 a federal judge issued an injunction, temporarily blocking the provisions of the executive order while the states pursued a lawsuit.

The Battle Over Terminology

Over the past three years, we have seen debate heat up on terminology. The left wing press determined that the term illegal aliens was offensive, dehumanizing, and racialized and with the help of President Obama and the “Gang of Eight” Senator’s group started subtly changing how they worded things to shift to the term “undocumented immigrant.” Yet, the two together seem contradictory since immigrants to the United States are always documented. Also the term “undocumented worker” and “undocumented migrant” are being used by groups which support borderless societies, thus taking away any presumption of the impact of laws on people. Yet, by the definition described in detail, anyone coming into America without documentation is in violation of U.S. law and is a criminal based on their illegal actions. The dictionary defines alien as someone belonging to a foreign country or nation. No one had any problem with using the term resident alien to describe people who were living in the United States with a Green Card, however the term illegal alien seems to upset them. Political Correctness has once again taken hold of facts and distorted them in a weak attempt to soften how these criminals are being viewed by the general public. We can thank Mr. Trump for stating the obvious and bringing debate to the level we are seeing now and making these crimes a focal point of the upcoming election.

The People Speak

If we look at why people are coming here illegally, we can surmise that it’s because the fall into the group that are prohibited, otherwise why not just apply for a Green Card and come legally. Criminals, gang members, and other people who work in less-than-honorable professions are crossing. People who are unable to provide a living wage for them or their families and will find a way to use our systems of welfare and assistance to live off of are crossing. People who have no intention of assimilating into American culture are crossing. People who cannot and do not want to be citizens are crossing. People who intend of doing harm to America are crossing. These observations are measured from regular citizens and can be summed up by looking at some anonymous quotes that are circulating currently.

Two illegal immigrants having children should not create American citizens

We have illegal immigrants staying on military bases while homeless veterans are outside the gate with no food of shelter

Its’ not about being against immigrants – It’s about doing things legally. If I came to visit you at your house, I would knock at the front door. I would not crawl around your yard, slip in through your bathroom window, come up behind you and yell, “feed me,” “give me a place to live,” “I deserve rights.” We just want our government to follow the law.

Sneaking into a country does not make you a citizen any more than breaking into a house makes you part of the family.

It’s one thing to have immigration to jobs; it’s totally different to have immigration to welfare. You can’t have both.

Amnesty is unfair. You have 4 million people in line waiting to become citizens by following the rules.

Elitist Rebuttal & Summary

Sociologists and left minded elitists would say that people who come to America illegally think differently. They see violating U.S. law as justifiable and that our current system does not have enough deterrents in place to make the risk unworthy of taking. Most that are caught are simply returned and they’ll try again. Most of the illegal aliens see themselves as very moral people and think that they are coming to America to contribute to the country and even claim they are law-abiding people, except for that small act of illegal border crossing. Yet it’s surprising that many of them feel the United States needs strong border laws to keep out criminals…just not them.

So what we have is a mindset problem where foreigners think they are only beholden to the laws that they feel should be applicable. They cross our borders illegally to find illegal work and send the proceeds of their work out of the country, thus denying our economy the re-injection of cash that is critical to its smooth running. They make no attempts to assimilate and live in the shadows for most of their lives since they are criminals. Their children go to our schools, use our tax dollars to pay for everything from free lunches to tuition, and drive on our roads without licenses or insurance and were supposed to feel sorry for them. America is a country of laws and when one person or group decides for any reason that they can circumvent the law, we all suffer from it. Our nation is weaker, our citizens get the shaft, and our future has a grey cast over it. So, I’m continuing to use the correct terminology to describe these lawbreakers – illegal aliens. Make no bones about it, I think most Americans agree with me when I say I want them gone and I want our government to start enforcing the laws.

Illegal Immigration Facts

The Pew Research Center provides us with some facts on illegal immigration.

7% of K-12 students have at least one parent who is an illegal alien

60% of all illegal immigrants live in California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Florida

5% or more of the U.S. Labor force are illegal

There are over 11 million illegal aliens in the United States, of which 52% are Mexican

About 300,000 anchor babies are born illegally on U.S. soil each year


Wrap Up

Once again, I expect that this essay will generate many viewpoints and opinions and I welcome all comments. I never deny any comment as long as they are civil since open discussion is the only way we advance as a society. Thanks in advance for taking time to read this piece.

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  • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

    Ralph Schwartz 

    21 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    The newest tactic is to lump the two terms together as a way of ginning up positive press - the day without immigrants protest was a good example - too bad it failed and we can see we really can survive without them

  • bradmasterOCcal profile image

    Brad Masters 

    3 years ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Brian

    Long Island has an estimated population of 7.75 million in 2013.

    How does 50000 compare to the ten million plus on the west coast, mainly in CA.

    I was stating a fact, so I don't think you meant me in your vomit statement.

    My point was that we can't take care of own people, and it is unfair to legal immigrants that illegal aliens get favor and are treated like defacto citizens, while legal immigrants are turned away.

    Why have immigration laws if we don't enforce them.

  • B Brian Hill profile image

    B Brian Hill 

    3 years ago

    Bradmaster,

    I can't stand people who judge others. It makes me want to vomit. There are over 50,000 illegals here on Long Island. I fave fostered several of them, including a 14 year old girl who tried to commit suicide.

  • bradmasterOCcal profile image

    Brad Masters 

    3 years ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Brian

    Unfortunately understanding is not the forte of the law, and it is the law that rules us. So we need to change the laws to make the situation better.

    Living large on Long Island doesn't give you the viewpoint we see here in the West, and California. Maybe you might like to adopt an illegal alien.

    Sorry for the tongue in cheek.

  • B Brian Hill profile image

    B Brian Hill 

    3 years ago

    I personally think that we are too stuck on this idea. Who belongs? Who doesn't? It means nothing unless we look at what is causing the deplorable conditions of people around the world. If people had great communities where they lived NO ONE would want to leave. Are we going to be more concerned with law or compassion? I side with compassion. Our economic systems do not always create communities, and that is much of what the Pope's message is. Understanding is at the root of the solution, not scrutiny of the law.

  • bradmasterOCcal profile image

    Brad Masters 

    3 years ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Ralph

    Illegal should mean illegal, and changing the rules because of that illegal act of sneaking across the border is unfair to the legal immigrants. Where is the 14th amendment for that one.

    In California, the illegal aliens protest in our cities, while waving their flag, and destroying ours.

    They are Not UnDocumented they are Illegal.

    How does an Illegal get a California Driver's License, by CA changing the rules in favor of Illegal.

    Illegal are being treated like de facto US Citizens, and that is not right.

    When you do something that is Illegal in Mexico, you go to jail, and you don't have rights.

    A Marine Sgt carry registers rifles, inadvertently reached a Mexican Border Station. He told them he had the guns, and he also told them he didn't intend to go to Mexican but he had made the wrong turn.

    It didn't matter, they threw him in jail, and no one in the US tried to get him out. The governor of CA didn't seem to care about the Sgt when told of his plight. Not that the crossing was in CA, but that the Ca governor is all for Illegal Aliens but when talking with the Mexican officials didn't even care about the sgt.

    Illegal aliens should be treated the same way that we would be treated in their country.

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