Being in the United States without proper documentation is a civil offense, not a Criminal. It doesn’t matter how much you want it to be criminal, it isn’t so.
Nobody is calling your father an idiot. Be glad that your father was able to do it in 10 years. For Jose, there’s been 22 years so far between ‘sauntering in and talking about amnesty. That’s more than twice the time that it took your father.
It’s almost impossible these days for people to come here legally, unless they marry in. The criteria have been so tightened, that most Americans wouldn’t be able to come here, if they hadn’t been born here. As to ‘doing the time’ , you’re forgetting that those of us, who are here undocumented, for whatever reason, are doing our time by living in the shadows. How easy do you think it is to worry about getting stopped for a broken taillight? It’s difficult to have any close relationships, because you always have to worry that people turn you in, if you break it off. So, you don’t even start anything. How easy do you think it is for people that live in states that don’t let them have drivers’ licenses. If you really feel so incredibly threatened by us, then maybe you should take a look at yourself and see how you can improve YOU, so that nobody could ever replace you.
It is simply impossible for the average person to come here legally, unless they marry an American or have a parent, sibling, child that is American or has a Green card. The only other options are:
- Be a political refuge
- Be an internationally accomplished person with extraordinary abilities - like a musician, athlete, artist
- Invest $ 1,000,000 in the American economy, by starting a business that has 3 full-time employees, which has to double to 6 FT employees in 3 years
- Having been specially trained in a particular business and the company sponsoring you has to prove that no American can fill that position. That’s it! Those are the criteria to legally work in the U.S. How many Americans would be able to come here, if they hadn’t been born here?
What if there were so many people with ‘illegal immigrant’ signs on their shirts, that the group would be completely overwhelmed with the people being turned in for $ 25 per person. Would they come to a point, where they said ‘enough’? That would then be the point where the real discussion could start, as that would simulate ‘Real life’. So, I would hope that someone can bring this idea forward to others in Austin. What if there were thousands being ‘turned in’? Would they take their ball and go home or would they be willing to start negotiating?
What are those, who repeatedly yell ‘go back home’ , so threatened by? I believe these are people that feel powerless in their own life and thus falsely think that they can elevate themselves, if they push others below them. But that only makes them feel the disconnect even more and it comes out in a further exacerbation of negative emotions. Those who are willing to leave their country, family and friends and come to a country, where they might not speak the language and don’t have a job, but are convinced that they’ll make it in spite of it - they have the characteristics of an entrepreneur, which is the smallest percentage of any population. WE are the people who are starting new businesses. There’s no progress without entrepreneurs, because most people don’t want change and prefer the devil that they know to the devil that they don’t know. I agree, a driver’s license is a life line. I had to recently shut down one business and leave Georgia, because I could no longer extend my business or driver’s licenses. That put a number of Americans out of work. I moved to a state that allowed me that lifeline - driver’s license, despite my status. Malcolm Gladwell just wrote a new book, that talks about the fact that many leaders become leaders because of certain ‘stumbling blocks’, not in spite of them. Because we don’t have the safety net of getting normal jobs, we have to be creative and resourceful and that’s what makes us stronger. So, when we become legal, we will be surprising those that think of us as only ‘poor, uneducated, unskilled’.
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