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3/28/06

Legalizing Illegal Immigrants

"WASHINGTON, March 27 — With Republicans deeply divided, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Monday to legalize the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants and ultimately to grant them citizenship, provided that they hold jobs, pass criminal background checks, learn English and pay fines and back taxes."
That was from the Ny Times. Now IF all of those requirements are in a bill that move illegal immigrants toward citizenship, I'm all for it. But look for them to water it down as it passes into law.

"The panel also voted to create a vast temporary worker program that would allow roughly 400,000 foreigners to come to the United States to work each year and would put them on a path to citizenship as well"
That one is where the problem is. Why go for citizenship where they will have to pay taxes, have background checks, etc., when through this program they can come here much as they always have, without having to do any of those things.

Being an American Citizen is a privilege. It does not matter where you come from. You are welcome here, IF you are willing to do so legally, either through visas or applying for citizenship.

There are no other options that need to be created for specific people just because they will not do it the way it was designed.

If enough people rob banks do we need to come up with a guest robber program at the local banks?

This is a country of laws. If you break the law you are a criminal. It does not matter whether you agree that it is a good law or not. These are Illegal Immigrants, not "visiting workers" or "impoverished people we need to feel sorry for" or any other term you want to apply.

They do not respect the laws of this country that says they must get a visa or apply for citizenship, so what makes anyone think they will respect any other laws in this country?

I was pulled over for speeding in Mexico one time, The first thing the cop said, "You do not respect the laws here in Mexico". How ironic.

I'm all for people from any country becoming citizens of this country. I cannot be convinced that there should be some way around the law and that people should not have to become a citizen in order to enjoy the freedoms and benefits many of our citizens have fought and died for.

by Chris McElroy
More things that just piss me off

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