DREAM Act Drama: We Shouldn't Deport People Like Hector Lopez
Don't Ask, Don't Tell isn't the only law whose crucial vote Congress canned today.
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#1 Sep 22, 2010
Is this story real, or is it political hype? We, as LEGAL U.S. citizens, have been hearing for months about how illegal criminals have been caught, documented as illegal, and released. How is that a kid that speaks English just as good as any educated American can get deported but this previously mentioned illegal criminals are allowed to go through?
Keep this in mind when thinking about the Dream Amnesty Act: this will not just address those kids brought here illegally but will also give instant U.S. citizenship to those up to age 35. Do you know what that means? THAT means millions of illegals will either gain citizenship right away or will find some kind of loop-hole to become legal without the proper legal way for immigrants to become legal. This STILL will not help the U.S. economy. In fact, it will send a message to criminals everywhere (if you willfully came to the U.S. illegally and continued to live as such...YOU ARE A CRIMINAL) that it is okay to break laws of The United States because you will be pardoned.
I have no problem whatsoever with persons from ANY country coming here with the intent on becoming a U.S. citizen the legal way. What I do have a problem with is those persons coming here illegally and doing whatever they can to dodge the law; these persons should NOT be allowed to become citizens.
The story of the Lopez kid sounds like political propaganda to influence voters via sympathy. Even if this story is real (as opposed to something fabricated for political reasons) it is a rarity and cannot be the basis to putting into effect an amnesty that will be devastating for lower and middle class families/individuals. Jobs are needed for LEGAL U.S. citizens, not for those that are illegal to continue to work wherever they are with impunity.
Vote for tougher immigration laws to help the U.S. instead of for amnesty acts that will only hurt the U.S.
Notre Dame, IN
#2 Sep 26, 2010
@JTL: Only as an FYI, as someone who has personal connections to the young man, I can testify that this story is completely factual.
When I say only as an FYI, I only mean to answer your first question as opposed to bringing on a response to your entire post.
#3 May 4, 2011
#6 May 5, 2011
So, am I to assume that Hector has reached the age of majority, after being brought here at the age of 1.5 months?
If so, he's just as guilty as his parents, in the eyes of our immigration law.
#8 May 12, 2011
Catch and release is not a good policy for fishing and its not a good policy for immigration either.
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