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Immigration Nation - Workers For Hire

Updated on August 17, 2012

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.

If you were one of this group of illegal immigrants, what would you be doing?
If you were one of this group of illegal immigrants, what would you be doing? | Source

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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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      I agree, this was intended to be a "Vote gitter," and it will most likely work.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago

      Joe, the president has taken the law away from the congress by making this law himself by presidential directive , so your lawyer friends should go back to school. congress has not made a law or even passed such a law so how could the congress veto this directive that was brought forth by the president . in fact he only made it for two years because if any congressmen sued him over it it would take longer than two years to get through the courts in order to resolve this. thats why this president did it for THE VOTES.!

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      I saw yesterday where some ICE agents are now suing the Department of Justice and Homeland Security over this ruling. This new law has rendered them less than effective, and has actually turned them into the bad guys. This should prove very interesting before it is all over,

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      Joe Youssef 5 years ago

      To be speaking in total honesty,the presidential election will always have the view of a politician not just a man.the president most likely had done this just for the votes, but as an inspired individual into the law of immigration. The rules do apply that if an immigrant does apply for this new action by the president, they will have the right of confidentiality with all of their paper work from the immigration branch which deports illegal individuals. Also states that no harm chimes to the family of the applicant, and that their actual location will not be broadcasted or shared with home land security.

      I do believe that if the president would of given a longer term for the applicant as for 4 years as mentioned by a comment before mine. That if he did such no one would be stressing over the issue of "just to get votes" accusation. But also because of the law that states if an immigrant has a legal standing of 4 years, they are able to apply for permanent residency, which the government would not allow and Congress would have vetoed that.

      I am speaking from experience with attorney mentors that i have interned with. if need be to need evidence i will bring it forward.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      I already saw another hub expressing dislike of Gov. Brewers stance on this bill. The unplanned financial impact will be devastating to many states with large populations of undocumented workers, (Illegals). The Feds pass the law, then expect the individual States to eat the added cost to running their State. That is all Gov. Brewer is saying, she is just doing the job she gets paid to do, and I am proud to have her as my State Governor.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      that is exactly my point . the democrats only see the hispanic population as a tool for reelection and for political ploys such as this latest that the president has done which is despicable. I am not in their situation but in my view the hispanic people who back this president are sheep who need to open their eyes before they are led off of the cliff. he is not on your side. He is a panderer who gives only to get. shameful. I applaud Governor Brewer for standing up to the president and doing what is best for the citizens of Arizona. I only wish the Govoner of Colorado had such cajones .

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      I don't know of any country in the world that doesn't at least attempt to control and track access into their country. Yet here in the USA, we are considered Evil, Bigoted, Prejudiced, and many other things for attempting to do the same thing. Even with our best efforts, we now have somewhere around 12 Million people living in this country illegally.

      Try this in any other country and see what happens when you get caught being there illegally.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Poolman, yes to your point about the not trusting the govt, but most will ignore this because they are desperate and that is exactly what the president is hoping for. I have the biggest problem with the stance of the govt in it's relation to the law. What is it about the word ILLEGAL that the govt refuses to recognize . ? why is it ILLEGAL to Posess marijuana (as a simple example) and not be ILLEGAL to be in this country. ? maybe Mr Perspycacious would like to address this instead of dancing around the subject. In America, what is ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL , thats the way I undertand the law.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Based on the existing comments above, I have added a last paragraph to this Hub in an effort to put the need to document an eligible illegal immigrant's status for their two year reprieve into the discussion. Thanks to each of you for your perspectives.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      cleaner3- Excellent point regarding the treatment of the Native Americans and all the broken promises. I'm sure you are correct about this being a vote gathering political move. I hope none of these young people ever regret putting their names on this list.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      the first point that i would make to all illegal immigrants, the govt is well known to always have ulterior motives in everything they do and say. just ask the native American Indian population about the many broken promises .

      President Obama was and is pandering to this group only for their votes when he did this , because if he was serious, he would have given them at least 4 years to try to get through the govt beauracracy that they will have navigate through.

      Although i am against this truly political action by this political panderer, and feel that this is a slap in the face to all who have went through the legal process, i do wish this group , GOOD LUCK.

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      Lori Lang 5 years ago from Snoqualmie, Washington

      I agree with Old Poolman--I, too, would be wary about putting myself under the government's radar. I'd stay "anonymous" if I were them.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      Interesting, very interesting. If I were in that group I believe I would think twice about putting my name on the list for a mere two year exemption from deportation. As it stands now they are part of the reported 12 million illegal residents of this country who are basically anonymous. By registering with their names and addresses, they are in many cases identifying the exact location where their parents reside.

      I'm sure many are registering with the unsaid promise that this will become a permanent solution to their problem, but they could find this to be a big mistake. This could be viewed as a giant sting operation to identify a portion of the now unknown illegals and their families.