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Immigration Reform

For years, Congress has ignored the pressing matter of our outdated immigration system. With 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, we must create a way for them to continue to work and gain citizenship. Not only is this the right thing to do, it will also help the United States to grow and prosper.

I personally know many immigrants that are hardworking, honest, and reliable people. I believe they should pass qualifications and if successful be able to obtain legal residency. By allowing more immigrants into our country, businesses will be able to fill highly specialized positions and grow. Their impact on the United States will result in an increase in jobs for Americans and create a globally competitive market.

For immigration reform to be effective, everyone must be included. I ask Congressman Kline and Congressman Paulsen to think about the millions of undocumented immigrants and consider the positive impact they could have on our country if a pathway to citizenship is created.

Mike B. November 19, 2013 at 08:02 PM
I and most other law-abiding Americans believe that illegal aliens should be deported. The illegal aliens are de facto criminals by entering the USA illegally. Why should illegal aliends be granted citizenship privileges when other law-abiding would-be immigrants are going through the proper immigration channels?
Danut Picos November 19, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Mike, how can you honestly call yourself law abiding citizen. Are you 100% sure you abide every single law there is in US. I bet you don't have knowledge of 50% of every law there is out there so i am sure you broke some law a few times(just like everyone else, unless you are Jesus). Sometimes you may have been caught and had to pay a fine or something similar and sometimes you got away with things. My point is that we have plenty of laws in this country that are out-dated and make no sense in the 21st century when we pride ourselves of being Americans and we fight against discrimination .The immigration laws as they are right now are outdated and something needs to be done. Maybe you don't feel the need to do anything with the existing laws because you personally don't have anything to gain from it but in the same time i don't think you should be scared either. The majority of the us citizens (law abiding and non-abiding together ) believe a change in the immigration system is much needed and overdue
Valerie Holmstrom November 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Danut - The majority of US citizens do NOT want amnesty: http://www.fairus.org/facts/illegal-immigration-and-amnesty-polls Why is it discrimination to demand that our borders be secured and our current immigration laws enforced? The laws are there for a reason and for you to say that everyone has broken some law before is really ignorant. Illegals come here for freebies that the American taxpayer provides. They take money illegally from law-abiding citizens through illegal employment , education, healthcare and social services, to name a few. They do this KNOWING that they are breaking our laws by ID theft and driving illegally with no insurance. Illegals do this because our government and people like you ALLOW them and ENCOURAGE them to do it. If illegals were told that they could not get any of these freebies anymore, there would be a mass exodus for the border. What makes you (or anyone) think that illegals would make good candidates for citizenship? With the high unemployment in the USA today and more than half of our population on some sort of government assistance, adding at LEAST 15 million more low-income, uneducated, unskilled people to the population is only going to bring our economy down further. Who will pay for this? The legal American citizen. The one who is employed (for now) and paying ever increasing taxes. The person who can't get a job, because there are 10 million more unemployed in America. The victims of the rising crime because of the faltering economy and a certain class of people who think the laws are "outdated" and don't apply to them because they were rewarded for their lawbreaking behavior before. The laws are "outdated"? No, the laws need to be enforced! We are a nation of laws and always have been. Just because you don't like them doesn't give you the right to break them without being punished for it.
Mike B. November 20, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Valerie has written an excellent post, and highlights the reasons intelligent lawmakers and citizens will never countenance the legalization of criminals who have sneaked across our border. Why would border crashers who have violated our immigration laws suddenly obey our laws once they get here? The answer, of course, is that they will not. I, and most Americans, support a humane deportation of all illegal aliens back to their country of origin. One need only look to countries in Northern Europe who are suffering the negative effects of immigration. Once safe, secure countries such as Sweden and Norway are now burdened with a violent underclass, which continues to demand handouts from the host countries. As a result, the eggheaded Social Democrats are being voted out of office in Europe.
Danut Picos November 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Mike , you have to calm down a bit , where do you come from with calling every immigrant who broke an immigration law a criminal. If you drive your car with 30 miles per hour over the speed limit you probably are more of a criminal than someone who broke the immigration law They didn't kill anybody but you driving like a nut case have a good chance of doing just that(just an example ,don't get to hot). Its doesn't mean that either one of you is right i am just trying to explain to you how we are very quick to call people criminals when they're not. For speeding you will get away with probably 100$ in fines but for braking the immigration law nothing can exonerate you?Nobody is talking about amnesty , people who brake the law should pay for it .How they're going to pay for it i don't know for sure , the amount of fines and penalties would be fare but you are wrong when you say they should be deported to their country because they are criminals. I feel a lot of hate in your words , same as Valerie. What are you afraid of , that these "criminals" will take your jobs ? I am not afraid that i will loose my job , i welcome competition , it drives me to be better at what i am doing. And for Valerie just one question: If you think that the immigrants have all these freebies you're talking about then why are they even interested in becoming citizens and loose all that. I am not denying that there are some bad apples in the tree but your generalization drives me crazy. Most of these people are hard working people, otherwise they wouldn't be able to survive. I have personally met quite a few of them and i know how much they struggle and fight for a better life. If you want to call them criminals it's your business,be as arrogant and condescending as you please, just don't speak on behalf of the american people. You are in the minority and you do not represent all of us,you just represent yourself and just like me we are both a very very very small part of this country. Respect everyone if you want to be respected , don't call anyone a criminal who didn't commit a crime and that should be a better start to an intelligent debate over how to deal with immigration reform .
Mike B. November 21, 2013 at 11:45 AM
No one is against legal immigration, for those who go through the proper channels. Those people are to be admired. For those who flout this country's immigration laws, most Americans believe they should be deported in a humane, orderly manner back to their country of origin. If they want to apply legally... no problem with that. But if they break the immigration laws, deportation is the only reasonable course of action this country has. We have vast areas of the USA that are experiencing a vast increase in crime, particularly along the border; again, this is all the result of illegal immigration.
Danut Picos November 21, 2013 at 09:48 PM
The only reasonable course of action is deportation ???? In your opinion .This is where we do not agree. I think there are other ways we can punish people for breaking a law rather than breaking up families , hurting american citizens in the same time. Keep in mind that some of these illegals have kids in here and those are american citizens like it or not. You have to understand that us as a country share some blame for allowing for all of this to happen in the first place for more than 2 decades now. This didn't happen yesterday . We all took advantage of the cheaper labor, cheaper produce , home repairs.....etc. Maybe you personaly and i didn't take much advantage of it but as a country we're responsible for it as much as they are . Now after years of allowing this to happen do you think it's fair to just break up their families and say we don't need you anymore , thank you very much . I don't think there is a humane way to deport people. Deportation is a one way street it doesn't have a humane and inhumane way , unless you want to put some cash in their pocket.. And last to your point of increased crime along the border that is " all" result of illegal immigration . I don't live along the border but i can tell you that their is plenty of crime all over the US. That needs to be stopped either way if it's from immigrants or not. Don't even try to explain to me how all the crimes are done only by illegal immigrants without one US citizen to blame, it's just ridiculous and discriminatory. Not doing anything about this immigration system is the crime , obviously what we're doing now it's not working we can all agree on that, something needs to be done , that is why i am pro reform . We need to address the illegal immigrants in this country on a case by case i believe, if you're a criminal = jail +deportation,if you just broke the immigration law and been here for long enough and have family ties = penalties , background check , pay taxes......probation period ........ you name it . I think that would be the fair way to do it . Along with that we have to make sure that this scenario doesn't repeat so we have to change some other immigration and employment verification laws like the e-verify and visas for temporary workers. In the current immigration lsystem it's almost impossible for legal immigrants to become permanent residents in this country . I have friend who has been in nursing school for almost a decade now because she can not find a way to change her student visa in permanent residency. Now she is enrolled in the master degree program for nurses even though she wasn't ready for that yet but she had no choice if she wanted to stay in status. Nobody wants to sponsor and hire her because it's to much headache for them to go trough the legal channels. She is ready to give up her dream at this point and immigrate to Canada after all the money and time she put in here. Please don't tell me that because of the illegal immigrants she has it harder now . It has nothing to do with it , the system is broke and needs to be fixed. In the same time we have no problem giving citizenship to every crook who pays a US citizen to get married . In the current system we allow all the crooks to become citizens and to the hard working and intelligent ones we say: sorry but we can not do anything for you right now , you will have to become a real crook to be allowed in this country.
Mike B. November 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM
The previous poster brings up a good point. The US Constitution should be changed so that "anchor babies" cannot be considered US citizens. There is a vast group of people taking advantage of this loophole in our laws. China is another offender. Women from China visit the US to give birth at US hospitals so their kids can become US citizens. That's the way these criminals "game" the system to obtain freebies and other welfare, whether from China, Mexico, or other third-world countries.
Danut Picos November 22, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I see now that i am just wasting time with you Mike , you're just a hater at this point , for whatever reason you do not want to change your racist and discriminatory approach. I guess you're entitled to your opinion even though a lot of people do not agree with it . I am done talking to you at this point .If you're not in the tea party yet maybe you should join them , it seems like you share the same principles(don't take it as a compliment though)
Mike B. November 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM
First refuge of a liberal devoid of ideas to label someone else a "racist."

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