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Re: “Immigration bill puts government on everyone's back

The fact that I am undocumented does not mean that I don't wish to belong to this country. I Never said that I would never give up my nationality..And Trust me, If becoming a legal resident was as easy as you may think it is, it wouldn't take me more than 15 years to look for a pathway. The majority of undocumented immigrants have waited for more than 20 years for their chance to finally legalize due to the fact that the immigration system is broken. Do you honestly thing they would wait all those years while being in an endangered situation in their country of origin? I'm sure if it were you, you would take your chances in living in an unfavorable situation rather than being dead. You are right on one thing though, I do make my own decisions, my decision to stay in the country that I love and will never do anything to endanger its citizens. You try to bring up the 9/11 events like if it were undocumented immigrants who attacked this country, when In fact, it was its own citizens, which, the majority of those 19 hijackers were. SO please, go do more research on facts you may think you know. As for my ITIN, it actually is a legal form of ID. I may not be able to use it for many things, but It very well serves its purpose. I can legally process my taxes, that way citizens like you can't make the argument that I steal from the government, when I actually pay it. I don't seek any pity from you, I stay here because I know no other home. I have no legal way of applying for any kind of visa and even if I did, it would take years for that process to go through, you should first explore this country's immigration system before you begin thinking that its really that easy to become a resident. People don't just wake up one day and say, " I think today, I'll be tired of being here undocumented. I think I'll go and get myself a visa" if it were like that, there wouldn't be any undocumented immigrants in this nation..

Posted by Eli on 02/20/2011 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Immigration bill puts government on everyone's back

I am an undocumented student. And as such I can honestly tell you that I pay taxes of whatever little money I am able to make. For one, I get my wages stolen every now and then from my waitress job by my employer. Out of the money that is not stolen from me I try to keep record of it and with my ITIN ( Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) file taxes. Have filed taxes this year. Of course, I did not get any money back, instead I'm paying the Federal government 758 and the state government about 230. I don't receive any benefits from the state, I can only pay for one class a semester at the community college, when I'm lucky. To learn that from this bill I would only be able to get attended at a hospital if I am about to die is very heartbreaking. I have lived in Northwest Arkansas since I was 6 years old and its the only home I know. I am a good citizen with no criminal record, every now and then I try to volunteer at the animal shelter or with the Habitat for Humanities organization. It is heartbreaking for me to learn that the state that I have considered my home is treating me like a contagious stray animal. By the way, I buy various things from local business, obviously food and groceries, thus paying sales tax. As for property tax, I live with my parents and I know my dad pays his property tax every year, if we didn't, we wouldn't have anywhere to live. Before making rash assumptions, please put yourselves in other people's shoes first. You never know what they are made of until you see it for yourselves. Not many undocumented immigrants are criminals, actually the majority of us contribute more to your social security funds than regular citizens. also, NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL only their actions are considered to be illegal.

Posted by Eli on 02/18/2011 at 10:19 PM


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