Getting to know USA: Citizen-to-be trekking from sea to shining sea
Constantino Diaz-Duran is a fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University.
Join the discussion below, or Read more at NY Daily News.
“THE RUMBLE WILL BECOME A ROAR”
Since: Dec 06
United States of America
#1 Aug 9, 2011
"He'll be hard-pressed to find a helping hand once he gets to states with new anti-immigrant laws - like Alabama, where it's illegal to give an undocumented immigrant a ride, and Arizona, which allows cops to ask for immigration documents."
"I'm curious to get to Alabama for example," he said. "They just passed those awful laws. I'm curious to see what it's like there."
There are no "anti-immigrant laws, there are laws against illegal entry into this country. He might be surprised how many people in states like Arizona, Georgia and Alabama have no animosity toward those who come here legally and work toward citizenship the way he did.
We are not anti-immigrant, we are anti-illegal and pro-enforcement. Interesting how the news media always manages to leave out the word "illegal".
Saint Louis, MO
#2 Aug 9, 2011
Isn't the underlying situation, another illegal pressing amnesty?
“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”
Since: Nov 07
Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska
#3 Aug 9, 2011
"Diaz-Duran left his home country in 2001 after his writing on government corruption prompted death threats. He was granted asylum in 2005.
In May, he learned he was eligible for U.S. citizenship and started planning his journey, which he calls Walk Like an American."
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/08/0...
“Your DQCC Limit is Maxed!”
Since: Sep 08
In Utero (originally)
#4 Aug 9, 2011
Constantino Diaz-Duran sought citizenship by doing so appropriately and not by illegal methods. His trek across the USA is proving one thing, that Americans aren't as so many would have others believe ("racists") as can be observed by his comments:
"I've met lots of really nice people."
"People take me in and they make dinner for me. They go out of their way to make me feel comfortable," he said. "That's been surprising."
All too often some misguided and dishonest people who favor illegals (ie the POTUS) are trying to paint everyone as being racists or intolerant and not accepting of foreigners that are opposed to people illegally entering the US. These cries of bigotry are so exaggerated too.
In other countries that are faced with illegal immigrants, this isn't a tactic used by those supporting the illegal immigrants. It appears to only be in the USA where we have people crying racism. Racism does exist...there is no denying that; however, it is ridiculous for so many to be labeled by the opposition as racists just because we oppose illegal entry into our nation.
It's nice to see a positive article about someone finding out first hand just how kind people across our great nation still are, in light of how some would portray Americans.
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