A year later: Immigrants fear reform will never pass

Jun 22, 2014 Full story: Times Herald 200

Antonio Velasquez, who fled civil war in Guatemala as a teen in 1990, has given up hope that Congress will pass legislation that allows him and his wife to gain legal status in the U.S. a??If Congress doesna??t do something, the great responsibility lies with President Obama because he is the one who promised that he was going to achieve ... (more)

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Since: Mar 07

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#1 Jun 22, 2014
You're right. It wont pass. Because majority America just want the current laws enforced! That and ending birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants! That would end at least 85% of illegal immigration right there! The Chinese birthing houses would all be abandoned and all the women from mexico and below will stop showing up pregnant!

“Work hard at work worth doing.”

Since: Apr 11

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#2 Jun 22, 2014
What steps has he and the others in this article taken to rectify their status? I notice that they have lived here illegally for more than ten years, but what have they done for themselves to change that status? Who has hired them; how have they managed to support themselves??? Do they have children enrolled in our entitlement programs??? I dont know, it seems that they expect to be gifted with citizenship just because they have managed to stay here ILLEGALLY for as long as they have, as if that in itself is a badge of honor. When these authors pen these articles, why wont they go into all the details concerning these people for whom they are trying to get us to feel sorry. I imagine if we knew the entire story, wed feel stronger about seeing them removed, and letting Americans regain the jobs these people took from them.
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wild child

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Jun 22, 2014
Lol get out, there will be no amnesty, reform.good for us.
the Light

El Paso, TX

#5 Jun 22, 2014
Immigrants is to nice a word for them, for the last time -ILLEGALS

Since: Mar 14

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#6 Jun 22, 2014
I've asked this question many times.
In Portland Maine I see homeless people with signs, many may have drug issues, I don't know. But what I never seen is not one of the Sudanese or other African or Asian immergrants out pan handling..and you wanna know why, it's because they are given better welfare benefits than my own country men.we have section 8 housing that in some places is all Sudanese, your off limits, and the medical treatment is the same, for whatever the reason asylum seekers get the full load, and we have many in Maine.
Memo From Turner

Bellmore, NY

#7 Jun 22, 2014
teddyr4me wrote:
What steps has he and the others in this article taken to rectify their status? I notice that they have lived here illegally for more than ten years, but what have they done for themselves to change that status? Who has hired them; how have they managed to support themselves??? Do they have children enrolled in our entitlement programs??? I dont know, it seems that they expect to be gifted with citizenship just because they have managed to stay here ILLEGALLY for as long as they have, as if that in itself is a badge of honor. When these authors pen these articles, why wont they go into all the details concerning these people for whom they are trying to get us to feel sorry. I imagine if we knew the entire story, wed feel stronger about seeing them removed, and letting Americans regain the jobs these people took from them.
Teddy, There are no steps that can be taken to legalize their status. That is something we see on Topix quite a bit, but that is in fact the whole point of the debate. Virtually everybody here illegally would take whatever steps are required to legalize their status, but there are no options available.

Now if he had requested asylum when he came it would be a different story.

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#8 Jun 22, 2014
Memo From Turner wrote:
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Teddy, There are no steps that can be taken to legalize their status. That is something we see on Topix quite a bit, but that is in fact the whole point of the debate. Virtually everybody here illegally would take whatever steps are required to legalize their status, but there are no options available.
Now if he had requested asylum when he came it would be a different story.
Memo, I appreciate the fact that you are not lamming me for my posts lately. But surely, coming forward and seeking help from an immigration lawyer might come up with solutions that would benefit all people concerned.

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#9 Jun 22, 2014
s/b: slamming
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Since: Mar 14

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#11 Jun 22, 2014
In the state of Maine I've yet to hear of anyone being turned away if they seek asylum, and it goes on for year's, and sorry as I am about thier blight, we the tax payer foot thier bill for ever, unlike Hispanic's, these people do not intergrate at all and few speak our language or have an interest in seeking imployment.

Sorry, but Hispanic's can and will eventually join our community, but these asylum seekers never will.
Memo From Turner

Bellmore, NY

#12 Jun 22, 2014
teddyr4me wrote:
<quoted text>Memo, I appreciate the fact that you are not lamming me for my posts lately. But surely, coming forward and seeking help from an immigration lawyer might come up with solutions that would benefit all people concerned.
There are two ways for a person to be here illegally. One is to arrive with a visa and then overstay and the other way is to just sneak into the country "without inspection".

If somebody is an overstay it is possible for them to marry a citizen and then interview in the US and try to legalize their status. That is just about their only option.

If somebody entered without inspection there is no means available to adjust their status.while in the US. There is a law that will allow them to contact ICE and make arrangements for an interview at a US consulate in their home country. Sounds reasonable, but unfortunately there is another law on the books that slaps a ten year bar on them the second they leave the country. That means they can not even request an interview for ten years. So if they follow one law they find themselves in violation of another law.

These are more examples of a broken immigration system. Earlier we discussed how anybody can just request asylum and walk right in and here we have the US imposing stiff penalties on people who try to leave. The problems with the laws go on and on.
Memo From Turner

Bellmore, NY

#13 Jun 22, 2014
When I said there was a ten year penalty when they leave the country I should have said "when they leave the US".

Most people do not realize that we apply strict penalties on undocumented people who try to leave the US. Seems counterproductive.
the Light

El Paso, TX

#14 Jun 22, 2014
Memo From Turner wrote:
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Teddy, There are no steps that can be taken to legalize their status. That is something we see on Topix quite a bit, but that is in fact the whole point of the debate. Virtually everybody here illegally would take whatever steps are required to legalize their status, but there are no options available.
Now if he had requested asylum when he came it would be a different story.
Really? Why didn't they apply the right way before coming over illegally? That tells me they had no intention of following any rules.
Memo From Turner

Bellmore, NY

#15 Jun 23, 2014
the Light wrote:
<quoted text>Really? Why didn't they apply the right way before coming over illegally? That tells me they had no intention of following any rules.
Of course that had nothing to do with the question or the response.

Thank you for playing anyway.

Since: Jun 14

Redmond, OR

#16 Jun 23, 2014
The Democrats just want to give Reform to them so that the illegal immigrants can vote for them and also because they OWE the big Corporations like Facebook and many others for paying for their campaigns and the corporations want cheap labor instead of hiring Americans. How much more of a trader could they be. I say if they want the cheap labor make them move their companies to that country. If they don't need us we don't need them..........PERIOD. Obama and his cronies are trying to bring America down from within. Their agenda is to also make America just like a European Socialist country. And if YOU don't vote or keep sitting on your hands and NOT speaking up, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN.
Memo From Turner

Bellmore, NY

#17 Jun 23, 2014
pjw01 wrote:
The Democrats just want to give Reform to them so that the illegal immigrants can vote for them and also because they OWE the big Corporations like Facebook and many others for paying for their campaigns and the corporations want cheap labor instead of hiring Americans. How much more of a trader could they be. I say if they want the cheap labor make them move their companies to that country. If they don't need us we don't need them..........PERIOD. Obama and his cronies are trying to bring America down from within. Their agenda is to also make America just like a European Socialist country. And if YOU don't vote or keep sitting on your hands and NOT speaking up, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN.
The fascinating thing about Obama and his evil plot is that he has been if office for six years without unveiling it. He even risked it all by running for reelection instead of just wreaking the country in his first term

I guess he just wants to give us a sporting chance.
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FIFY

United States

#19 Jun 23, 2014
Juan wrote:
Deportation will come, it's just a matter of time and I am still a narcissistic pendejo who should be deported to soup city, mexihole.
FIFY eh juan?
the Light

El Paso, TX

#20 Jun 23, 2014
Memo From Turner wrote:
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Of course that had nothing to do with the question or the response.
Thank you for playing anyway.
When they sneak over-then their noy willing to do anything the legal way. Why do you not understand? Maybe you do and are illegal yourself.
Memo From Turner

Bellmore, NY

#21 Jun 23, 2014
the Light wrote:
<quoted text>When they sneak over-then their noy willing to do anything the legal way. Why do you not understand? Maybe you do and are illegal yourself.
I understand immigration law. I could not believe it earlier when you did not know how citizenship worked. You have to admit that was funny.
the Light

El Paso, TX

#22 Jun 23, 2014
Memo From Turner wrote:
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I understand immigration law. I could not believe it earlier when you did not know how citizenship worked. You have to admit that was funny.
I find you funny but a traitor.
Memo From Turner

Bellmore, NY

#23 Jun 23, 2014
the Light wrote:
<quoted text> I find you funny but a traitor.
Words have no meaning to you. How sad.

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