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Senators Reach Agreement On Overhauling Immigration

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A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation's immigration laws.

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Lou Cortez wow to much tv

Lockport, IL

#516 Feb 13, 2013
Suadela wrote:
If an Amnesty is granted, people need to get out of Sanctuary Cities/States,,,, for they will be overwhelmed with illegals and Drug Cartel pockets,making it a dangerous place to live. The overcrowding in single family homes/apartments will become death traps. Drugs/gangs will overwhelm the streets.
really?
Chicopee

United States

#517 Feb 13, 2013
Married wrote:
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My great grandmother is from Italy and she married someone from Germany they thought 3 langues would be too hard for the kids so they didn't pass on either one my grandma wished that did and so do I my great grandma would sometimes talk Italian to where we would understand a little maybe that's why spainsh was easy for me but I feel like I should speak German and Italian you know the more langues you speak the more money you make
Half my fathers family is from Italy. Consequently, I'm pretty fluent in Italian. My husband and I spent a great deal of time in Quebec, and I picked up French pretty easy, exactly because of the Italian. I can understand Spanish to a certain degree and Brazillian is especially easy, because there is French in that dialect of of Portuguese.
I wish the languages made me more money, but today, I think Mandarin would be the money language.
Our children learned some Italian (my husbands family is also Italian), a smattering of Quebeqois and one of my daughters took French all the way through high school, simply because she had a head start (or so she thought). The French IV trip to Paris appealed, too.
It's not too late for you to learn German, though it is very different from the Romantic languages. There is that Rosetta Stone program, and there is another one that multi-national businesses use, and that one is supposed to be even better. A friend of mine who works for an international bank has become amazingly fluent in five languages over the last three years, including German. It's actually pretty impressive...and yes, she's making the big bucks.
Go for it.
Chicopee

United States

#518 Feb 13, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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Your ignorance of history is amazing, but not suprising.
You really believe the Irish & Italians & Poles & Swedes & Norwegians & Germans & Koreans & Chinese & Japanese immigrants etc didn't maintain their culture & language? Have you ever been to Chicago or New York or LA or Boston or any other large city with concentrations of immigrant groups?
Even in rural areas like where my ancestors lived in Minnesota there were numerous conclaves of Germans or Swedes or Norwegians. My paternal grandparents & their siblings all spoke German at home and went to country schools where almost all their classmates spoke German as their primary language as well; they went to churches where the service was in German. My dad only spoke German as a kid until they closed the country schools and he had to go to town school where he learned English; he still has a bit of a German accent. My maternal grandfather & his 15 siblings all spoke Norwegian at home and went to country schools where they all spoke Norwegian; they went to church where the service was in Norwegian. My mom spoke Norwegian at home but English at school.
Embracing & maintaining your heritage is VERY American.
I'm not at all ignorant of history and there's no need for you to be so rude.
I live in Danbury, Ct., one time home and capitol of the hatting industry. This town was wall to wall hatting and those jobs were a beacon to immigrants.
If you went into any of those sweatshops on a given day, it was like the United Nations, and so was this city. Aside from the Irish in the mid 1800's, there was no single large enclave of any given ethnicity, which makes this area different from other parts of the country.
Hatting was grueling, filthy and hot. It was also hazardous, not only because of steam and machinery, but because of the mercury that was used, hence the term "Mad Hatters", because mercury poisoning causes madness, among other serious health issues.
There were other industries and better jobs, but English was required.
Many immigrants started smaller, service related industries, but again, to make a success of it around here, they had to serve everyone, not just a single language or ethnic group. My two German great-uncles understood that.
That German matriarch understood the importance of learning English long before her feet hit the ground at Ellis Island. And of all the "branches" in my family tree, those Germans were the most successful. And they gave back a lot, too. There are churches, schools, a library and other municiple buildings upon which that German name is stamped in this town and a neighboring town. Though it is not my maiden name, it makes me very proud.
Chicopee

United States

#519 Feb 13, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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How sad your family is so ashamed of their ancestry.
My family is all American and that is the heritage we're proud of.
All but one of my great-grandparents was born outside of the U.S.. That branch dates back to the 1600's and earlier, and includes English, Dutch and Iroqois.
And not one of my grandparents married someone of the same ethnicty, though there are two branches from Italy, Northern and Sicily...as different as night and day.
And this is fairly common in this area of the country, so tell me...which ethnicity should I be particularly proud of? I'm a Heinz 57 mutt, more commonly known as an American.
Lou Cortez wow to much tv

Chicago, IL

#520 Feb 13, 2013
The only Americans here are the Native Americans, the first illegals came on the mayflower seeking religion freedom and a better life for their kids, after them more "illegas" came...Irish, German,Russian, French,Chinese, polish, Romanian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Arab,That's America land of immigrants
Chicopee

United States

#521 Feb 14, 2013
Lou Cortez wow to much tv wrote:
The only Americans here are the Native Americans, the first illegals came on the mayflower seeking religion freedom and a better life for their kids, after them more "illegas" came...Irish, German,Russian, French,Chinese, polish, Romanian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Arab,That's America land of immigrants
Illegals? I guess that would make the Native Americans illegal, too, since they migrated from Asia and some of the islands. There's some Russian DNA mixed in with those peoples, too. We don't know if anyone was here before that, though the two oldest human remains ever found in North America were caucasain, not asian.
We're all decended of immigrants. In fact, that's true of most of the world.
Married

Bryant, AR

#522 Feb 14, 2013
Chicopee wrote:
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Half my fathers family is from Italy. Consequently, I'm pretty fluent in Italian. My husband and I spent a great deal of time in Quebec, and I picked up French pretty easy, exactly because of the Italian. I can understand Spanish to a certain degree and Brazillian is especially easy, because there is French in that dialect of of Portuguese.
I wish the languages made me more money, but today, I think Mandarin would be the money language.
Our children learned some Italian (my husbands family is also Italian), a smattering of Quebeqois and one of my daughters took French all the way through high school, simply because she had a head start (or so she thought). The French IV trip to Paris appealed, too.
It's not too late for you to learn German, though it is very different from the Romantic languages. There is that Rosetta Stone program, and there is another one that multi-national businesses use, and that one is supposed to be even better. A friend of mine who works for an international bank has become amazingly fluent in five languages over the last three years, including German. It's actually pretty impressive...and yes, she's making the big bucks.
Go for it.
Thank :)

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#523 Feb 14, 2013
Chicopee wrote:
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My family is all American and that is the heritage we're proud of.
All but one of my great-grandparents was born outside of the U.S.. That branch dates back to the 1600's and earlier, and includes English, Dutch and Iroqois.
And not one of my grandparents married someone of the same ethnicty, though there are two branches from Italy, Northern and Sicily...as different as night and day.
And this is fairly common in this area of the country, so tell me...which ethnicity should I be particularly proud of? I'm a Heinz 57 mutt, more commonly known as an American.
You should be proud of ALL your ethnicities and stop judging people who want to maintain their ethnic traditions.
Mayela

United States

#524 Feb 14, 2013
Chicopee wrote:
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My family is all American and that is the heritage we're proud of.
All but one of my great-grandparents was born outside of the U.S.. That branch dates back to the 1600's and earlier, and includes English, Dutch and Iroqois.
And not one of my grandparents married someone of the same ethnicty, though there are two branches from Italy, Northern and Sicily...as different as night and day.
And this is fairly common in this area of the country, so tell me...which ethnicity should I be particularly proud of? I'm a Heinz 57 mutt, more commonly known as an American.
Heinz is made from tomatoes, and tomatoes are indigenous, but, you're not.
Mayela

United States

#525 Feb 14, 2013
The discovery challenges the popular belief that the first colonists to North America arrived at the end of the last ice age about 11,500 years ago by crossing a Bering land bridge that connected Siberia to Alaska and northwestern Canada. The earlier date and the location of the woman's remains on the island adds weight to an alternative theory that some early settlers may have constructed boats and migrated from Asia by sailing down the Pacific coast.
Read more: Oldest Human Remains in North America Found — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0779260.html#i...

What arrogance and ignorance, calling Native Americans "illegal" immigrants, in an attempt to excuse their current labels on present day immigrants. It is also a lame, foolish and completely idiotic effort, that is trying to diminish the killer "Pilgrims" ILLEGAL entry into the U.S. The first Europeans were not "illegal" when they entered Europe and Asians were not "illegal" when they entered the Asian continent. The Native Americans were, are and always will be the FIRST inhabitants of the AMERICAS. By the time the killer "Pilgrims" arrived, the Americas had been populated for more than 25,000 years, therefore, the killer "Pilgrims" just like Columbus were not "discovering" anything. The killer "Pilgrims" were, are and always will be the FIRST ILLEGAL ALIENS.
Mayela

United States

#526 Feb 14, 2013
Chicopee wrote:
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I'm not at all ignorant of history and there's no need for you to be so rude.
I live in Danbury, Ct., one time home and capitol of the hatting industry. This town was wall to wall hatting and those jobs were a beacon to immigrants.
If you went into any of those sweatshops on a given day, it was like the United Nations, and so was this city. Aside from the Irish in the mid 1800's, there was no single large enclave of any given ethnicity, which makes this area different from other parts of the country.
Hatting was grueling, filthy and hot. It was also hazardous, not only because of steam and machinery, but because of the mercury that was used, hence the term "Mad Hatters", because mercury poisoning causes madness, among other serious health issues.
There were other industries and better jobs, but English was required.
Many immigrants started smaller, service related industries, but again, to make a success of it around here, they had to serve everyone, not just a single language or ethnic group. My two German great-uncles understood that.
That German matriarch understood the importance of learning English long before her feet hit the ground at Ellis Island. And of all the "branches" in my family tree, those Germans were the most successful. And they gave back a lot, too. There are churches, schools, a library and other municiple buildings upon which that German name is stamped in this town and a neighboring town. Though it is not my maiden name, it makes me very proud.
No other immigrant group in U.S. history has asserted or could assert a historical claim to U.S. territory. Mexicans and Mexican Americans can and do make that claim.

“Unlike other immigrants,” Boston College political
scientist Peter Skerry notes,“Mexicans arrive here from a neighboring nation;
and they settle predominantly in a region that was once part of their homeland…. Mexican Americans enjoy a sense of being on their own turf that is not shared by other immigrants.”
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/blogs/gems/cultu...

That's right, however much it might upset ALL other immigrant groups,'cuz it DOES upset them ALLLLL, they HATE it.
Mayela

United States

#527 Feb 14, 2013
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, you can have a choice on which language you want to be mugged in.
The first street-gang in the United States, the 40 Thieves, began around the late 1820s in New York City.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gang

America's First Bank Robbery
eventually news arrived in Lewistown of an amazing bank burglary in the Quaker City. An enormous sum of $162,821 had been taken from vaults of the Bank of Pennsylvania at Carpenters' Hall during the night of Saturday, August 31 or the morning hours of Sunday, September 1, 1798. http://www.ushistory.org/carpentershall/histo...

If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/28771.htm...
Mayela

United States

#528 Feb 14, 2013
Billy Ringo wrote:
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And that's a good thing.
A very good thing. Biscuit 'n gravy for breakfast, pho for lunch, lasagne for dinner. Yesss
Don Joe

Saint Paul, MN

#529 Feb 14, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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Actually it's the shipping costs which will likely return manufacturing to the US.
Once oil is scarce it will be too expensive to ship products around the world and everything will need to be made locally.
Of course that also means it won't be cost effective for the US to export our products to other countries either.
So again we're back to manufacturing only enough products for what Americans consume, which won't support our current standard of living.
So that is the rationale for dramatically lowering the standard of living? Saying to people, sorry, you cannot have health care, decent food or medicine,no clean water for you, you cannot have a place to live, oh and by the way, your standard of living must drop dramatically in order for the rich to have the gains in the standard of living they have become accustomed to. Think about how sad they will become if they had to cut back to only 4 houses and couldn't buy the best new car every year.
Chicopee

United States

#530 Feb 14, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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You should be proud of ALL your ethnicities and stop judging people who want to maintain their ethnic traditions.
Where did I judge anyone for wanting to maintain ethnic traditions? Post and quote, please.
Chicopee

United States

#531 Feb 14, 2013
Mayela wrote:
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Heinz is made from tomatoes, and tomatoes are indigenous, but, you're not.
Right,'cause Iroqois isn't indiginous. Duh.
But I suppose Spanish is?
Chicopee

United States

#532 Feb 14, 2013
Mayela wrote:
What arrogance and ignorance, calling Native Americans "illegal" immigrants, in an attempt to excuse their current labels on present day immigrants. It is also a lame, foolish and completely idiotic effort, that is trying to diminish the killer "Pilgrims" ILLEGAL entry into the U.S. The first Europeans were not "illegal" when they entered Europe and Asians were not "illegal" when they entered the Asian continent. The Native Americans were, are and always will be the FIRST inhabitants of the AMERICAS. By the time the killer "Pilgrims" arrived, the Americas had been populated for more than 25,000 years, therefore, the killer "Pilgrims" just like Columbus were not "discovering" anything. The killer "Pilgrims" were, are and always will be the FIRST ILLEGAL ALIENS.
There's this thing called humor...learn about it.
Pilgrims didn't enter illegally, any more than any other group did. Unless you have some lame article referencing the exact laws and statutes they defied? Whose permission was required but not given? What Emperor, King, Almighty Chieftan, Shaman, High Priest or Pagan God's law was broken?
While you may be well versed in La Raza bullshit, you clearly don't know very much about the indiginous people in North America. There was no owning of the land. No central government or power structure, no mighty ruler and no laws of any kind except those which individual tribes had for themselves.
Most of these tribes were nomadic, whether to small or great degrees. They also fought, sometimes fiercely, with each other over territory, trade, theft, slavery and all the other things that mankind has always fought over.
It's you who is trying to diminish certain groups by applying modern law and government upon people who defied no such law or government, because it didn't yet exist.
What arrogance and ignorance.
Chicopee

United States

#533 Feb 14, 2013
Mayela wrote:
<quoted text>
No other immigrant group in U.S. history has asserted or could assert a historical claim to U.S. territory. Mexicans and Mexican Americans can and do make that claim.
“Unlike other immigrants,” Boston College political
scientist Peter Skerry notes,“Mexicans arrive here from a neighboring nation;
and they settle predominantly in a region that was once part of their homeland…. Mexican Americans enjoy a sense of being on their own turf that is not shared by other immigrants.”
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/blogs/gems/cultu...
That's right, however much it might upset ALL other immigrant groups,'cuz it DOES upset them ALLLLL, they HATE it.
And that historical claim means exactly what?
It means exactly nothing.
Mexico didn't claim or control any of those lands...Spain did. In fact, Spain claimed a lot of the modern day U.S. at one time, but then they relinquished those claims to the French and later, the Americans.
The native people of what is modern day Mexico had no claim to those lands prior to Spain's conquest of Mexico.
Now, pick a spot, almost anywhere on a global map and see if the people "indiginous" to a region still have any "claim" to it.
Were Romans indiginous to Great Britain? Were the Celts? Were the Saxons? Were the Picts? Can the decendents of the Picts and Druids lay claim and take it all back? Were the Germanic Goths indiginous to Italy? Were the Moors indiginous to Spain? Sicily?
It's the story of mankind, all over the world. As I said in a previous post, if people all over the world had to return to their indiginous territory, 90% of the worlds population would have to pick up and move.
It's history, it's fascinating, it's interesting and in terms of modern day countries and governments, it means nothing.

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#534 Feb 15, 2013
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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You should be proud of ALL your ethnicities and stop judging people who want to maintain their ethnic traditions.
Then why did they leave home in the first place.

Since: Apr 10

Houston, TX

#535 Feb 15, 2013
Lou Cortez wow to much tv wrote:
The only Americans here are the Native Americans, the first illegals came on the mayflower seeking religion freedom and a better life for their kids, after them more "illegas" came...Irish, German,Russian, French,Chinese, polish, Romanian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Arab,That's America land of immigrants
Anyone born here are native Americans. The Pilgrims came as the Indians did, without any papers.

The illegal aliens here are illegal in every country they go to on the planet. My US passport is honored everywhere. They may not know me so that's why a carry a American passport.

Yes America land of immigrants, not illegal aliens. You have your own country that you can rule anyway you want. Stop being lazy and do some hard work and make it work for you instead of fleeing it.

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