…like the “Fiscal Cliff” which turned out to be more of a bungee jump. And Gun Control. Is Health Care Reform making a comeback – or do we leave that for the next Administration? Medicare and Social Security? Those hot potatoes will continue to be kicked down the road until the road ends at some yet to be named cliff.
And of course the “Debt Ceiling” where you’re never told which floor you’re standing on! Are we in the basement aiming for the ceiling in the 10th floor? Or are we already in the Penthouse?
“Well class, what is it we’re pulling out of the freezer and putting back in the microwave? Yes Maureen, you have your hand up? Do you know what we’re defrosting today?
Yes, miss Conlibe: “Immigration Reform.”
“Correct, but how did you know!”
” My mom is undocumented, miss, and my brother and sister are “Dream Kids” but I was born here in America.
“Oohhh…I see. Well…”
Indeed, well – WHAT…?
Can we please stop fooling around and FOCUS on IMMIGRATION REFORM? Or shall we find yet another reason to push it to the background – AGAIN?
First it was the Fiscal Cliff and then it was guns. WELL… guns are out of the way, if you buy into the National Rifle Association (NRA) argument that the violence in America is NOT caused by guns. Blame video games. And Hollywood movies. And mental health issues – which no other country has except America. The video games in Japan feature Tom and Jerry. The action movies in China are all Musicals and nobody in Canada has mental issues.
Here’s something else the U.S government is not telling you – WILL NEVER TELL YOU, BECAUSE it is a TOP secret. But I KNOW. (Remember, I was the person who first told you about another TOP government secret involving President Obama’s birth certificate – the REAL one. Was it not I who found out that documents proving that President Obama is an alien are being kept in a super secret bunker under Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea?)
Well here’s more classified information: It seems Americans have a “Convict Genome” which only manifests itself IN America.
The mutation was engineered by scientists in England in the early 1600’s during tests on convicts at Newgate prison. The British, being the wily savants they are, shipped all these mutated folks to America to “settle the colonies.” (Australia got the subjects who were given placebos. The Brits did not want to take any chances, so they separated the two control groups and surreptitiously continued to monitor them for generations!)
Stop and THINK about it…about what would happen if Americans access to guns is limited, like in Canada, say…or Japan.
We’d be walking around all “violented” up from video games and action movies with NO guns to act out our “violentness”. Here we’d be – thumbs itching to shoot something – and all we’d have are nunchucks. Oh the mass horror!
But let us talk Immigration Reform…and here we are, back to Square One. Again. 6-years (June 2007) after President Bush and the now late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) tried to bring about some measure of Immigration Reform – a bill that thanks to Republicans, crashed and burnt in the U.S. Senate, yes HERE WE ARE! Seeing all the reasons why it is GOOD now but was BAD then!
President George W. Bush ran into fierce opposition from his fellow Republicans in both the House and Senate. Republicans back then called the bill Amnesty that rewarded illegal immigrants.
Today, look whooo’s scrabbling to get on the Immigration Reform bandwagon? Republicans! Why? Demographics and voting blocs. Darn. Majority, unlike Compromise, has become THE wo-on-derful word of the second term that Republicans could not prevent!
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) is calling on his fellow Republicans to support a plan that would give undocumented immigrants legal status and an eventual path to citizenship provided they meet certain criteria like paying taxes, background checks etc…
(Hey Governor Romney – why did you choose Paul Ryan as your running mate instead of Rubio? Never mind. So glad you did). Latinos put President Obama on top in Florida, so with a heavily Hispanic constituency Rubio is bowing with the wind direction. But get this: Fox TV host Bill O’Reilly is also joining the list of conservative pundits jumping on the immigration reform bandwagon…and calling Rubio’s plan, WHICH IS SIMILAR TO ONE PROPOSED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA: “reasonable.”
The VERY SAME Bill O’Reilly who blamed Undocumented Immigrants for drunk driving deaths, the same Fox News that has led the charge against Immigration Reform – is now pushing FOR Immigration Reform. Halleluiah! Every politician and political interest loves Hispanics now!
Among them, former Secretary of Commerce (George W. Bush) and Mitt Romney adviser, Carlos Gutierrez, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue, Indiana Attorney General Gregory Zoeller, Barrett Duke of the Southern Baptist Convention, Johnny Young of the Conference of Catholic Bishops and Rosario Marin who served as US Treasurer under President George W. Bush.
Immigration Reform is long, LONG overdue. NOT because Hispanics make up a large and decisive voting bloc but because it is the right thing to do.
I have argued FOR Immigration reform in earlier posts.
An estimated 6-million kids in this country have at least ONE parent who is Undocumented. Florida alone has nearly 2-million kids who are Undocumented Immigrants. US Citizenship and Immigration Services, (USCIS) says (by the end of 2012) 368-thousand Undocumented “Dream Kids” had applied for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” after the Obama Administration opened the program in August 2012.
Applications are coming in at about 5-thousand per day – yet advocates say just a fraction of the millions of eligible Undocumented Immigrant youth are applying to the program. At $465 per application, the US Treasury has (as of Dec 2012) raked in $171-million from that ONE program alone.
Imagine what will happen with Adult applicants! I think the Federal Government should hand this money over to the States…
America – yes IT IS TIME. Time to free a large section of the populace who live in the shadows. Time to free thousands upon thousands of bright immigrant kids who are waiting for a chance at the American Dream. Time to unleash the vast, untapped power of 14-million consumers who will be proud and free to buy cars, houses, open businesses, travel/take vacations, book airline seats, rent vehicles and pump money into the economy because they will now be able to work and spend money openly and legally.
ALL CONGRESS IS CALLED UPON TO DO IS THIS: Allow Undocumented Immigrants to apply for a Green Card, Work Authorization and Social Security Number. THAT’S ALL YOU NEED TO DO, CONGRESS.
Don’t worry about Citizenship. THAT is already spelled out in AMERICA’S Immigration Laws (below). Those who qualify will apply, SIMPLE. There is NO reason to make the easy difficult.
To be able to apply for citizenship through naturalization, you have to meet the following requirements. You should:
- Be 18 years of age or above.
- A lawful permanent resident for 5 years (3 years if married to a US citizen).
- Have maintained continuous residence during the past 5 years (3 years if married to a US citizen).
- Have maintained physical presence during the past 5 years (3 years if married to a US citizen).
- Have good moral character.
- Have basic knowledge of English.
- Have basic knowledge of US government and history.
- Be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance.
What is the issue? It’s ALREADY spelled out…
And don’t give me this nonsensical argument about people who are waiting in their foreign countries while their lawful relatives file for them. Boo hoo! Most Undocumented Immigrants are young healthy workers who come here to work, not elderly parents being sponsored for healthcare reasons.
Just because a prospective immigrant waiting in his/her foreign country has a relative in America, THAT does NOT give that person more of a RIGHT to be here than the person WHO IS ALREADY HERE, who’s already self-sufficient, can get around, has built a life, learnt the language, knows the ropes and in most cases, IS ALREADY CONTRIBUTING TO THE ECONOMY.
(And NO, I’m NOT saying people waiting to come here legally should lose out either. Both categories can co-exist.)
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