Making Illegal Legal

This is a touchy topic for some, and I will state up front–this is MY OPINION.  You are welcome to disagree, and if commenting, please do so with tact.

President Obama this past week paved the way for children of illegal immigrants to be legal without having to go through the legal processes that legalized citizens must go through.  This adds a good 12 million “citizens”, who are rightfully citizens of another country, mostly Mexico.

I do not believe this is the right way to handle immigration.

My husband’s family is one of immigrants.  His father is from Cuba, who arrived in America legally, before Castro took over the island.  In order to become naturalized, his dad had to do extensive work and also return back to Cuba to obtain documents needed to declare him to be who and what he said he was.  At the time he returned to the island, Castro had started his revolution.  This was dangerous, as Papa took with him Mama and then baby Becky.  It cost a lot of money, took a lot of time (months), and he and the family were very close to not coming back to America, as Castro had taken over the airport in Havana.

But Papa did what was legal and right according to the laws of the country in which he wanted to be a citizen of.

He did not skirt around laws, ask for exemptions, nor simply live here illegally.  He and other family members who arrived from Cuba took the steps necessary to become American citizens.   They worked hard, held solid jobs, obeyed the laws, and still do.

We are at a time where our liberal government allows any and all who wants to come to simply come, no strings attached (well, maybe a vote in an election would be a good trade).  What would happen if we did this in other countries?

In Mexico, we’d be imprisoned.

In Iran, we’d be imprisoned for simply stepping across the border, let alone live there illegally for years.

In other countries, if we weren’t imprisoned, we’d be deported back to the US.

Yet, we allow illegals here regularly, and are now allowing children of illegals–all the way up to 30 years old (plenty of time to return back to the home country and obtain documents needed for naturalization), to get a “stay in America free” card.

This negates the work people like my Father in Law did in order to become a citizen.  This negates all the hours and studying and such that the family did in order to each one become a citizen.  This makes being a citizen less of a privelege, less of an honor, when it is bestowed on those who choose not to follow our laws in order to obtain it.

As I said in the beginning of this piece…this is simply my opinion.


2 thoughts on “Making Illegal Legal

  1. i can definately see and appreciate your point. i can also see the point of the children involved that they did not ask to be brought here illegally, they have been raised here and often times been educated on all things american. they have lived a secretive life sometimes that leads can lead to confusion and depression. My cousin recently married a man who was brought and raised here illegally. Once they were married they both went back to Mexico together to wait out the process they started together for him to become legal. They are now back and have a beautiful baby girl. Just another facet of the story. If you will learn anything about me it is that I am a fence sitter when it comes to politics! thanks for sharing.

    • I can understand your viewpoint. Seriously. Since hubby’s family is lots of immigrants from Cuba, there’s both sides and fence sitters…just ask different ones in the family.

      Thank you for your throughful words!

      I don’t usually get into politics much, but this issue is one that is close to home, with hubby’s family being immigrants. In speaking with the ones in the family who went through the process, they are not happy with giving illegals that which they had to work hard for.

      As in the case of your cousin’s hubby, he did go to get proper documentation and become legal. That’s a difference from being given citizenship for nothing…. He made the effort to do what was needed! 🙂

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