Immigration Nation - Workers For Hire
I would be studying my parents' language, if I didn't know it already; and, I'd be looking for a willing American citizen to marry, preferably one with a job.
Put yourself in their unenviable position....
A temporary reprieve is now in effect (if you were to qualify) for several hundred thousand illegal immigrants in a defined group of illegal immigrants not guilty of having committed any crime (other than their illegal status.)
Their particulars are recounted in numerous newspaper articles, so there is no need to redefine those here. The question we should address is this: what would you do, if you were in this group (or perhaps you are)?
For a period of time, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is supposed to focus its attentions on other illegal aliens who are outside of this reprieve group (especially those who have committed or intend to commit crimes in the United State of America.). After the designated time period, then what? Presumably this group once again becomes persons of interest to the INS charged with deporting them back to their countries of origin.
If I were in this group of illegals, I'd be making hay while the sun shines.
Someone brought them illegally to the United States of America from another country, apparently with the intent to stay here. Whether for the American Dream, or out of financial desperation, to reunite with other family already here, or perhaps for a nefarious purpose such as criminal activity including spying.
They arrived from China, Mexico, Bangladesh, Haiti, Brazil, Russia or the Soviet Union, etc. They grew up in America and the times caught up with them, presumably the innocent victims of someone else's actions, nonetheless illegals and by and large unwanted, except by the few friends, acquaintances, and family who know them personally.
Some Americans contend that this temporary relaxation of the rules will become permanent, one form of America's long history of legal amnesty. Others claim this is a temporary measure to allow the overwhelmed INS to concentrate on greater threats to American society.
In the light of 8.3% unemployment and its hurtful effects on Americans and American families, there is resentment among the still unemployed that this group of illegal immigrants will be allowed to legally compete with American citizens for the scarce jobs, often for funds to be sent along with the income from other illegals to countries outside the USA,
Arizona is refusing to allow any benefits to this group. So there will be no medical services, no drivers licenses, no free schooling, etc. Cash-strapped California will perhaps be more lenient, but recognizes that it too has serious problems directly caused by its sheer numbers of illegal immigrants.
Utah has taken a more moderate stance, though it has its own illegal immigrant population. Utah proposed a Guest Worker Program and that other essential services be recognized for their humanitarian qualities. Other states have considered Utah's proposals as a possible alternative to Arizona's approach, and the lack of any lasting policy proposals from Congress and the president.
Did President Obama overstep his executive authority by going beyond just ignoring this element of the illegal immigrants and now liberalizing their rights in America? Did he do it purely for show and political gain in an election year, when he could have taken this step on coming into office? Some voters claim he did. Those within this group special group of illegls are relieved and thankful.
And what of the parents or guardians of these youthful illegals? Do they also have a temporary reprieve? That is likely, because INS will not be focusing on them either. Their circumstances are, however, different. They are still illegal in the eyes of the law and US employers who hire them do so at increased risk, and an illegal who registers for the president's program may in many instances be pointing to the illegal nature of his fajmily group.
Does this group of illegal immigrants have smooth sailing from now on? Possibly, but if I were in their group I would be learning the language and customs of the country I still risk being deported to, and I would find my own legal solutions for staying (or coming back) to America permanently.
Just documenting the right to be in this reprieved group is a challenge, and those seeking to do so get one shot at doing so with no appeals. Whoever handles those interviews (INS?) will be swamped handing out the criteria, and doing the interviews, and some illegal immigrants are already concerned that surfacing now will put their families and them in "the jaws of the INS" two years from now. And that is not a small concern when you are in America illegally.
© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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