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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.