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Over 100 Democrats Push Obama on Immigration Reform

October 30, 2009

By Marcelo Ballvé
New America Media

 Is immigration reform back?

 Hoping to jump-start a major legislative drive on immigration reform in the U.S. Congress, more than 100 pro-reform House Democrats signed a letter reminding President Obama of his administration’s commitment to overhaul immigration.

 The letter was clearly meant to nudge the White House toward engaging an issue it has allowed to languish.

 The letter expressed House Democrats’ “commitment to fix our broken immigration system” and cited “strong support for moving forward on fair and humane comprehensive immigration reform this year.” One of the signees, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat, is gearing up to introduce a major immigration reform bill as early as next month.

 Immigration advocates and their allies in Congress believe there is a window for immigration reform to pass early next year, before midterm elections complicate the political calculus.

 “The room for doing this is very tight,” Gutierrez said earlier this month on the Spanish-language Univision network’s political talk program, “Al Punto.” “We have to do it in February or early March of next year.”

 The renewed buzz around reform has raised expectations in the Hispanic community, but since such hopes have been dashed before, there is still an undercurrent of skepticism.

 Despite the stirrings in the lower House of Representatives, it’s still unclear how much traction an immigration fix has in the Congress overall. Gutierrez’s bill and the letter to President Obama are only opening plays in a long campaign to push immigration to the center of Washington, D.C.’s always crowded agenda.

 The recent moves might help Democrats show Hispanic voters that the party is aware of widespread frustration with the current immigration system. But there’s still no clear commitment to a timetable for an overhaul, or certainty that it will come.

 “The timeline for immigration remains uncertain,” acknowledged Rep. Joseph Crowley, the New York Democrat who organized the letter on immigration sent to President Obama and signed by 111 House Democrats.

 Time, he went on to admit, is short. Because of the November 2010 elections, “the further we go into next year… the more difficult I think it will be to address this issue” as risk-averse incumbents avoid controversial issues like immigration.

 Rep. Crowley spoke during a teleconference call with reporters organized last week by the National Immigration Forum, a nonpartisan pro-immigration advocacy group in Washington, D.C., and New America Media.

 Immigrant advocates know that once health care reform is settled, immigration will compete with other crucial issues, including banking regulation and the interrelated climate and energy questions, for political attention, said Ali Noorani, National Immigration Forum’s executive director.

 That is why pro-immigration groups like his are organizing letter-writing, fax, and email campaigns, to create a groundswell that will inject urgency into their demands that Congress act on immigration.

 As always, immigration reform pivots on one sensitive question: What happens with the nation’s 12 million undocumented immigrants?

 While most pro-reform advocates envision a path to some sort of legal status for undocumented immigrants already in the country, opponents call such plans an amnesty that would encourage still more illegal immigration.

 The cries of “amnesty” sunk Congress’s last serious attempt to reform immigration in 2007, and this time pro-reform advocates want to ensure that they are not drowned out by anti-immigration voices.

 “We must keep up the drumbeat,” wrote Tamar Jacoby, head of Immi-grationWorks USA, a pro-immigration business group, in an e-mail to supporters. “Many members of Congress still don’t get it. Many are still leery of immigration. And when they go home to their districts, they still hear only the voices shouting ‘No.’ We have to help change that.”

 Local groups advocating for immigrants’ rights are striving to be proactive.

 “We need to take control of this [reform] timeline,” said Chung-Wa Hong, New York Immigrant Coalition executive director.

 Hong, who participated in the teleconference last week with Rep. Crowley, said immigrant voters “are angry – they voted for change and they’re seeing more of the same.” She said that only a surge of voter demands for an immigration overhaul would galvanize Congress into action, and any expectations of a Washington, D.C.-initiated fix were politically naive.

 Part of the problem for immigration reform is partisanship. Rep. Crowley could cite only one possible Republican backer by name: Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake.

 When pushed to outline a reform plan that House Democrats could get behind, Rep. Crowley emphasized tighter border security and the targeting of “bad actor” employees who exploit undocumented immigrants. These get-tough measures are clearly designed to attract Republican support for a reform bill that would presumably create a path to legalization for those without papers.

 President Reagan tried a similar “carrot and stick” plan in 1986, granting legal status to millions of undocumented along with cracking down on employers who hired unauthorized workers.

 But there is little indication that present-day Republicans have an appetite for following Reagan’s lead. Michael Steele, president of the Republican National Committee, has long blamed the 1986 immigration law for today’s illegal immigration crisis.

 More recently, in his own appearance on Univision’s Al Punto program, Steele said he was sick of politicians exploiting the “hot politics” of immigration. He also advocated for immigrants to assimilate by working hard, eating apple pie and learning the Star Spangled Banner.

 But he gave no specifics on what sort of an immigration reform plan Republicans might be willing to hammer out with Democrats.

 Noorani, of the National Immigration Forum, believes immigration reform has a “very, very good opportunity to move early in 2010.”

 But until a substantive debate on immigration begins to build in Congress and nationwide, it will remain unclear whether the deadlock on immigration really is loosening.

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33 Responses to “Over 100 Democrats Push Obama on Immigration Reform”

  1. Brittancus Says:

    Without Lou Dobb’s, Glenn Beck, O’Reilly commentary Americans would never know about the cloaked agenda of the open border zealots. Lou brought the un-exaggerated truth about the 20 to 30 million illegal immigration invasion from every corner of the world? I watch CNN (cable) every day and never heard journalists mention anything about any specific indigenous people regarding the illegal immigration occupancy of our country. He only talk about the gigantic difference who came as newcomers, honestly through the inspection process and do not expect financial government handouts. Not stealing into America like thieves in the night, demanding rights and respect, that is laughable in the eyes of the majority of the legal population. Some new immigrants wait in line for their visa to enter America, not make excuses because they cheated US workers of their jobs. Go home and come through the front door to be welcomed. Americans all live by the “Rule of Law” so why should people who overstay their tourist visa or just slip by the Border Patrol expect a welcome? Journalist, news-anchors has a right to speak his mind and the US populace will fight any restrictions that deny that right. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. Now these ethnic caucuses are pushing to silence Why don’t these illegal aliens go home and try shoving this opinion down the throats of other world governments. NOT IN AMERICA?

  2. Mark Says:

    When? Next year, or the other, and other….

    I have no idea what the Obama administration is thinking, since we all know about the problems, discrimination, even torture over people without licenses, insurances, documentation of any kind and good and honest people paying their dues and on this country for more than one decade…. in the mean time, lots of other people get their papers through “different” ways, becoming even citizens with full rights and taking advantage of the government in just few years after get in this country. This issue is a moral issue and should be treated and seriously and with total respect.

  3. WhatGod Says:

    What about people following all the rules of the land to get their Greencards and are stuck in backlog lines. People who follow all the rules have been waiting from last 10-12 years and these illegals want it in a moment.

  4. NoAmnesty Says:

    Gee, Look at the last name of the bill author. Who’s side do you think he’s on?
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez. If everyone wants to be just like Mexifornia go ahead and support this amnesty. There’s more babeenos being born here than rabbits.

  5. Pat Cassidy Says:

    All illegal immigrants have to do to avoid “Problems” is to enter America legally.
    Breaking the law should never be allowed. If this is discrimination, well then, lets let all the bank robbers, muggers, rapists, ect. have amnesty for their misdeeds.
    Amnesty!!! My gosh!

  6. perry d Says:

    The best and the easyest way to reform the US Imm. is to give a path to the permanent residency to all those whoo lived 10 years concictanly in US and have no criminal record. No metter arethey currently in US or were deported…… all those will pay tax and check the background ……

  7. Frank Khare Says:

    Lou Dobbs is the most one sided and (mostly wrong) opinionated person I have ever seen with his blinders on all the times. Immigration reform is critical to give hope to all the high potential and smart “legal” immigrants waiting in line for 10-20 years in hopes of a better future.

    And lets not forget, we all are immigrants to the US. The only real americans were the Native American Indians….the question really is, did your father arrive before mine?? and that should be no grounds for discrimination. Legal and fast path to residency and citizenship is crucial to the progress of US the most beloved.

  8. Jeff Says:

    How can an illegal immigrant live and work in this country without breaking any law other than entering the country. Aren’t most of them using false or stolen social security numbers? That is a felony.

  9. Maggie Says:

    Many of “illegal immigrants” entered this country legally and applied for green cards already 8-12 years ago but due our broken immigration system are in limbo.

  10. respect Says:

    I AGREE with Frank Khare we ALL are Immagrants to the US except the Native American Indians!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Unknown Says:

    People from Latin-America are more American than Americans themselves. Simply because Americans tend to have European or African ancestry, as for Latin-Americans they have Native American and European ancestry. Who are the real immigrants in the Americas now? Anyways, I’ll just point out that many “illigal” immigrants earn a living by working hard and most of them are honest good people. Taking American jobs? Seriously, no. Immigrants take the jobs some americans tend to do such as construction, working in the sun, cutting the grass, etc. They come here to find a better life simply because their country is no help of them, some of them might of been starving back in their home country, others came because of fear of the corrupt countries they lived in. Unless any of you have gone what immigrants go through, quit your yapping.

  12. historian Says:

    The spanish have take inspiration from histroy. Whites from europe who arrived just as visitors or guests outnumbered the native americans and became the rulers and think that america belongs to them. What hispanics should do is invade america in millions and go for the decisive fight. If that is wrong now, then it was also wrong a couple of hundred years ago. So either the new entrants that is the new 200 million spanish who enter the US wil now make the rules and the descendants of the european invaders do what the native americans did. JUst become minorities and shut up. ELse all of them should leave the land and let the natives who are about 1 to 2 million will sit together and lay the new rules who can come and live in US. May be we could come up with a point system and all those who think they are amerians shall get 2 points for each generation that lived in US, if he is a tenth generation US citizen he would get 20 points.
    That is the natural justice. Invaders ,people who come through back doors ,infiltrators who by cheating the natives became the rules do not have any moral righ tot talk of rule of the land natural justice etc.

    America belogns to native americans. All the descendants of once illegal immigrant thieves from Europe who are now rulers should leave that land immediately lif the 1 milloin recent so called illegal immigrants have to leave.

    May better sense prevail and natural justice is done to all by the god.

  13. jason Says:

    most of ththe people made thier comment has its own opinion, but but but what happened now if you they will not set in one common grounds and thisis issue will not going to end. america is not moving on anymore what happened to our economy now. reform is the most essential factor of recovering our econmy having america will just squeeze off bailouts, stimulus or what ever rescue economic wise solution but still since america was built immigration made this coutry what it is. so all grudges hatred ideas left that all behind and move on and solve this, dont listen or watch to those media on sided format ideas because thier making money out of it and make thier self popular and if they feel their losing thier stand someday they will leave that issue for them to find their self on top again. move on so this country will rise again

  14. Truth Says:

    Brittanicus is a MINUTEMAN , that sits and posts these same articles in every immigration board. HE IS NOT TO BE BELIEVED. THOSE WHO LIVE BY HATE ARE CONSUMED BY HATE.

    BRITTANICUS GET A LIFE YOU ARE PATHETIC.

  15. Katie Says:

    Yes, we are all descendants of immigrants. Immigrants who arrived here legally and paid their dues through hard work to make it here! I have no problem with legalizing those who are here already, provided they pay some back taxes, LEARN ENGLISH, and DON’T get unfair handouts. I’m in school full time, working one job and looking for another to help make ends meet. My boyfriend’s also in school and works two jobs. If we can’t get a handout from the government, and we’ve lived and worked here all our lives, why should an illegal immigrant get one? It makes me sick to my stomach.

    Watch this video clip: http://d.yimg.com/kq/groups/17260182/1610997888/name/ftc-vi26.wmv

  16. mc Says:

    What about the people stuck in between? My fiance, who I have dated for almost four years, is stuck. He came here illegally almost 10 years ago, since then he has paid taxes every year, speaks english better than I, does not have a license (and does NOT drive a car), he has never been in any kind of legal trouble, doesn’t drink, smoke, or do any kind of drug, and has not seen his parents since he left over 9 years ago. All he wants out of life is to have a stable job, a loving family, and to see his parents before they die. We are planning to marry in 2011 and it scares me to death. Everyone’s quick response is that once we marry he will obtain legal status, NOT TRUE! There is no hope for him or me now unless there is some type of immigration reform. Under the laws now his brother and his wife have more rights to be married and live in the USA than I do as an american. There has to be a compromise, there is no way 12 millon illegals are going home no matter what anyone says so we have to meet each half way we have to.

  17. vik Says:

    Many of us did came trough the front door.
    Many of us did follow the rules.
    Many of us still wait for an answer.
    My parents did not over stay with a tourist visa , they gain legal status trough my brother , yet im still waiting for an answer.
    Something i really despite is people who talk without knowing.

  18. miha Says:

    I have to say that i can understand everybody situation because I have maried on 2005 not having legal status my husband family influenced him against me that I maried for papers and he took advantage on me and he treated me as his slave After 10 months I crash Scared ,lonely, with no hope I divorced I have not seen my son for 10 years Rethoric I wonder what price I have to pay to be able to be part of my baby life Just God know how many nights I cry I paid taxes , learned English as better as I could I am a very special person tired to hope. Too tired Why nobody care about us I miss my son and my mom This is a miserable life My mom is 70 can not travel and she need my help there I have no power My montly 100 dollars help her to buy stuff but the help and love I could give her there is priceless

  19. NoAmnesty Says:

    If illegals can come here and provide for themselves without receiving any kind of handouts, don’t produce kids that they can’t afford to take care of, have enough respect to speak English only, fly only the American flag, and oh never mind it’ll never happen. Deport em!
    For Americans – If you use a illegal to mow your lawns, take care of your kids, clean your house, or hire them knowing that they are cheaper than you are a trader yourself. Yes, I mow my own lawn and if I go into a fast food place and hear the workers speaking Spanish I’m gone. I know I know. I’m a racist, blah blah blah. Nope, I’m a true proud LEGAL American and not scared to say it. Oh, and God supports law abiding citizens so don’t play that sad card.

  20. dm Says:

    The “americans” opposing the comprehensive immigration reform must realize that they themselves have illegally entered and occupied the land belonging to the red indians…so those opposing must put themselves in the first few to be kicked out…otherwise earn your right to stay in US by serving in the Afgan war…AND there is nothing great that your country is offering…all the people so called “illegal immigrants” are in your country to work and earn a livelihood…..instead of competing with the new globalized work force…you all are squealing and complaining…a very sad pee in pant …i am a baby…i need some one to change my nappy attitude..so who is smart if you cannot compete with work force from other countries??..

  21. Truth Says:

    The truth is that the Undocumented immigrants paying more taxes than you think!!

    http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/

    Eight million Undocumented immigrants pay Social Security, Medicare and income taxes. Denying public services to people who pay their taxes is an affront to America’s bedrock belief in fairness. But many “pull-up-the-drawbridge” politicians want to do just that when it comes to Undocumented immigrants.

    The fact that Undocumented immigrants pay taxes at all will come as news to many Americans. A stunning two thirds of Undocumented immigrants pay Medicare, Social Security and personal income taxes.

    Yet, nativists like Congressman Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., have popularized the notion that illegal aliens are a colossal drain on the nation’s hospitals, schools and welfare programs — consuming services that they don’t pay for.

    In reality, the 1996 welfare reform bill disqualified Undocumented immigrants from nearly all means tested government programs including food stamps, housing assistance, Medicaid and Medicare-funded hospitalization.

    The only services that illegals can still get are emergency medical care and K-12 education. Nevertheless, Tancredo and his ilk pushed a bill through the House criminalizing all aid to illegal aliens — even private acts of charity by priests, nurses and social workers.

    Potentially, any soup kitchen that offers so much as a free lunch to an illegal could face up to five years in prison and seizure of assets. The Senate bill that recently collapsed would have tempered these draconian measures against private aid.

    But no one — Democrat or Republican — seems to oppose the idea of withholding public services. Earlier this year, Congress passed a law that requires everyone who gets Medicaid — the government-funded health care program for the poor — to offer proof of U.S. citizenship so we can avoid “theft of these benefits by illegal aliens,” as Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., puts it. But, immigrants aren’t flocking to the United States to mooch off the government.

    According to a study by the Urban Institute, the 1996 welfare reform effort dramatically reduced the use of welfare by undocumented immigrant households, exactly as intended. And another vital thing happened in 1996: the Internal Revenue Service began issuing identification numbers to enable illegal immigrants who don’t have Social Security numbers to file taxes.

    One might have imagined that those fearing deportation or confronting the prospect of paying for their safety net through their own meager wages would take a pass on the IRS’ scheme. Not so. Close to 8 million of the 12 million or so illegal aliens in the country today file personal income taxes using these numbers, contributing billions to federal coffers.

    No doubt they hope that this will one day help them acquire legal status — a plaintive expression of their desire to play by the rules and come out of the shadows. What’s more, aliens who are not self-employed have Social Security and Medicare taxes automatically withheld from their paychecks.

    Since undocumented workers have only fake numbers, they’ll never be able to collect the benefits these taxes are meant to pay for. Last year, the revenues from these fake numbers — that the Social Security administration stashes in the “earnings suspense file” — added up to 10 percent of the Social Security surplus.

    The file is growing, on average, by more than $50 billion a year. Beyond federal taxes, all illegals automatically pay state sales taxes that contribute toward the upkeep of public facilities such as roads that they use, and property taxes through their rent that contribute toward the schooling of their children.

    The non-partisan National Research Council found that when the taxes paid by the children of low-skilled immigrant families — most of whom are illegal — are factored in, they contribute on average $80,000 more to federal coffers than they consume. Yes, many illegal migrants impose a strain on border communities on whose doorstep they first arrive, broke and unemployed.

    To solve this problem equitably, these communities ought to receive the surplus taxes that federal government collects from immigrants. But the real reason border communities are strained is the lack of a guest worker program.

    Such a program would match willing workers with willing employers in advance so that they wouldn’t be stuck for long periods where they disembark while searching for jobs. The cost of undocumented aliens is an issue that immigrant bashers have created to whip up indignation against people they don’t want here in the first place.

    With the Senate having just returned from yet another vacation and promising to revisit the stalled immigration bill, politicians ought to set the record straight: Illegals are not milking the government. If anything, it is the other way around.

    The Undocumented Immigrants pay the exact same amount of taxes like you and me when they buy Things, rent a house, fill up gas, drink a beer or wine, buy appliances, play the states lottery and mega millions . Below are the links to just a few sites that will show you exactly how much tax you or the Undocumented Immigrant pays , so you see they are NOT FREELOADERS, THEY PAY TAXES AND TOLLS Exactly the same as you, Now if you take out 10% from your states /city Budget what will your city/state look like financially ?

    Stop your folly thinking , you are wise USE YOUR WISDOM to see the reality. They pay more taxes than you think, Including FEDERAL INCOME TAX using a ITN Number that is given to them by the IRS, Social Security Taxes and State taxes that are withheld form their paychecks automatically.

  22. JESSICA Says:

    I AGREE WITH TRUTH… ALL U OTHER RACIST PEOPLE THINK U KNOW BUT U DONT!!!! YOU’RE FREE TO THINK AS YOU LIKE. JUST LIKE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY YOUR NEED COMPASION AND GOD IN YOUR LIFE. THANK GOD WHAT YOU RACISTS THINK DOESNT MATTER CAUSE THE REFORM IS GONNA HAPPEN WEATHER YOU AGREE OR NOT.

  23. JESSICA Says:

    I AGREE WITH TRUTH… ALL U OTHER RACIST PEOPLE THINK U KNOW BUT U DONT!!!! YOU’RE FREE TO THINK AS YOU LIKE. JUST LIKE I HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY YOUR NEED COMPASION AND GOD IN YOUR LIFE. THANK GOD WHAT YOU RACISTS THINK DOESNT MATTER CAUSE THE REFORM IS GONNA HAPPEN WEATHER YOU AGREE OR NOT. IM A US CITIZEN AND I’M BRINGING MY PARENTS HERE FROM MEXICO NEXT MONTH AND THERE’S NOTHING ANY OF YOU CAN DO CAUSE I’ve DONE EVERYTHING THE RIGHT WAY AND SOON ALL OF THE OTHER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANS WILL HAVE THAT CHANCE TOO. IM VERY HAPPY FOR THEM!

  24. Siri Says:

    What about the people who followed entire system and paid all the Taxes in time. Government is always worried about illegals not about the legals any time.

  25. Cris Says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!! Many of you have the RIGHT idea…that means that we Americans are still good at heart. From the Historian to theTtruth to the Unknown…you all have something very correct. Most other countries first call people from other countries “foreigner” not “ALIEN”; this already tells what the system thinks of anyone not born in American territory. Nevertheless, my story is: my wife was a tourist in America when I met her; she speaks English-actually she was a high school teacher back then now she has a Masters in business (from her country), so she is educated; she worked for a Fortune 500 co for almost 3 yrs and in the public school system for another 2-teaching English to our hi-schoolers & even on a reservation! My wife has always been legal. We were denied her residency because we were fighting in a parking lot and one person saw call the police who took both of us in custody. It turns out this one mistake after years of marriage and 5 YEARS AFTER FILING our paperwork the LEGAL & PROPER WAY to the then INS (mid 1990’s)is all she has againsst her path to legalization. After visiting 4 lawyers, we opted for one who gave us HOPE; she would have to become ILLEGAL by overstaying. NOW she cannot work & is frustrated but hoping for some HELP from the system. She loves to sing the song “America”, crazy for football & baseball, likes big rough trucks, Rock-n-roll, Jazz & Hip Hop, and volunteers for everything from scouts, to teaching others English…..AM I WRONG to want to keep my wife and children in the USA to live the American dream my family from the Mayflower–which I can prove too–came here for too?? And yes historian, though she is not Mexican, she is part MAYAN–a real native of this LAND!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Restore Fairness Says:

    This is an important step forward in restoring fairness to our broken immigration system. We need workable solutions that unite us together – and reform that respects due process and fairness allows us to celebrate the values that we hold dear – fairness, opportunity and due process. When we deny due process to some people, ultimately it will affect all of us. To hear more stories about why we need reform and to take action go to http://www.restorefairness.org.

  27. james Says:

    For those of you who have negative remarks about all illegals you may want to speak with some before negatively sterotyping all of them. For example I have a friend who came here illegally when she was 3. A child. She applied for a greencard at 13 but a crooked lawyer took thousands of dollars from her family and filed them for political assylum… Which they do not offer for people from mexico. Since this crooked lawyer filed the papers wrong she cannot even re-apply for a green card. She knows nothing about mexico and has better work ethic and a greater desire to succeed than the majority of citizens I know. She cannot even try to apply for citizenship again because she will automatically be deported since a crooked lawyer screwed her over. And if she is deported she will have no where to go as she knows nothing about mexico. This is why we need a reform; to fix a flawed system and give people a real opportunity to become citizens

  28. kissie Says:

    im 23 yrs old icame hare illegally with my parents when i was 8 yrs old and been here ever since because of a crooked lawyer my were legalize and i was left behind so ive been here just waiting when people here my english they say why do you call you self an immigrant . we dont want to take anything from anyone and whoever says immigrants steals U.S citizens I.D’S is simply a lie because we dont want nothing on our recourds that would stop us from getting our papers. ive through so much for not having papers it would take me forever to write all that down including me having a baby by a us citizen and because he knew i did not have papers he used that against me after he abused me phisicaly and mentaly him and his family toke my daughter from me and put me through so much pain i cried myself to sleep every night because i did not know what to do every time i would asking to see my daughter they would say you better go get you papers first. so please people dont judge some of us have been here going through it all just praying and waiting patiently and staying out of trouble. unless you know an immigrant personally please dont judge because every one of us is in a different situation

  29. Mexican American Says:

    Let me just say wow. I love all the facts and rhetoric people use in order to attempt to humiliate and or de-humanize illegal immigrants. We don’t all speako like this-o and we don’t all come her to take your land, have babies and screw the whites in this country. Glenn Beck, Bill O’reilly and Lou Dobbs are not God and they are not right. Yes, I am a republican, yes I watch these shows; however unlike all the mindless sheep who sit at home waiting for guidance from the babbling idiots I have my own mind and form my own opinion. 1. These illegals should have come in the right way. My question to you is what is the right way? Apply for a visa, pay 400 plus dollars for a visa, pay another 400 for an interview only to be denied by the interviewer because he doesn’t like the color of your hair or some other absurd reason. That’s just the process for a VISITOR VISA. 2. These Mexicans just want to come here to receive handouts and have kids. Seriously? This must be true because Glen Beck says so. I’ll just believe him instead of going and doing my own research on the avg. person who collects welfare checks, or even what the requirements to obtain welfare are. You all do understand that illegals DON’T want to get caught. So, why would they put their name and address into a government system, which would make it much easier for them to get caught. 3. These immigrants take our jobs. Car washes, picking fruit, retail etc..yup all your jobs. Except there’s one problem, you don’t want them. A lot of Americans have lost the concept of hard work and success. They expect a handout or to be paid for a ridiculous wage for mediocre work. Their is some truth to this though. Immigrants do take your jobs. Indians, Chinese, etc. Tons of jobs are being outsourced to other countries because America doesn’t have enough intelligent people to maintain this job. Bill Gates even threatened to move Microsoft headquarters to Canada if Immigration Reform did not happen. Why did he do so? Because Microsoft relies a lot on computer programmers in order to be able to sustain itself, and since America doesn’t emphasize education as much as countries like India they need to hire people from outside the country to fill jobs. Since, America’s immigration policy pretty much sucks Microsoft can’t get it’s workers and will take it’s company along with it’s Tax revenue elsewhere. Many companies will leave and our country will engage into an economic downward spiral, and all because people don’t want them Mexicans to take our jobs. Seriously, take some time; learn the facts and learn exactly what the downfall of not passing immigration reform will be.

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  31. lynne Says:

    When i came here from Scotland 25 years ago my stepfather had to sign a immagration paper saying we would not become a public charge, we werent. This country is going broke from all the Illegal Aliens. They sign up for welfare food stamps , medicair and demand more. Let them all be DEPORTED NOW!!!!You can call me anything you want i dont care. AMNESTY WILL BE THE DEATH OF THIS ONCE GREAT NATION,GO HOME. Demand from your own corrupt goverment. LEECHES!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Jeff Tompson Says:

    Touching back on this subject after having seen what has happened in Arizona. It seems that the topic of immigration has exploded! I brought my wife here legally on a k1 (fiance) visa and the process took years and cost us thousands of dollars. Illegal immigrants, however, avoid all of that. Just food for thought.

  33. Immigration Says:

    Whatever we call it an illegal immigrant is always an illegal. They have committed a crime. They are very fortunate because with the fact that they are illegal America still give them free medicare, school for their children etc. etc…. Where in the world you can find it? only in the US of course.

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