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Want a green card? Pay $1M for stake in Orlando-area condo hotel

There are 36 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jan 28, 2009, titled Want a green card? Pay $1M for stake in Orlando-area condo hotel. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Condominium hotels were among the first real-estate investments to go sour as the housing market slumped and, later, the credit markets seized up.

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Jessica

Orlando, FL

#22 Jan 28, 2009
So... this is how you can enter our country LEGALLY. BUY your way in. The American way. This disgusts me beyond any words.
mixxer

Orlando, FL

#23 Jan 28, 2009
Lamar wrote:
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People with millions of dollars lying around usually don't hop fences at the border or risk going to jail by getting fake documents from car windows in back alleys.
Well... "Grandma" is a little bit paranoid!
Huntress

Palm Bay, FL

#24 Jan 28, 2009
Meme wrote:
Citizenship for sale. Now isn't that a hoot.
It is not bad enought that the US is in debt to Communist China for trillion's of dollars; simply but -- they own us. Now we will let any foreigner with enough money buy citizenship; great, now they can own can own us, too.
Looks like the US is a slave to the world. First we police the world by having our troups everywhere. Then we borrow money to finance the world's security. And now, we sell what is supposed to be our most precious pride -- Citizenship in the United States, which is the absolute soul of Americanism. Perhaps being a US citizenship is not a matter of pride as I thought it was--at least not anymore--what a shame.
I wonder what our founding fathers would say if they could see the US today, enslaved not to a king or queen, but to other nations, all while prostituting citizenship.
Agreed. Good post. I was on the phone (on hold for over 45 minutes)with ICE and Homeland Security to try to give notification of two KNOWN illegal families living in my neighborhood. It's almost as if the feds want to make it difficult to turn in illegals. Good post, don't let the 'sellouts' get you down.
frank

Ocoee, FL

#25 Jan 28, 2009
Huntress wrote:
<quoted text>Agreed. Good post. I was on the phone (on hold for over 45 minutes)with ICE and Homeland Security to try to give notification of two KNOWN illegal families living in my neighborhood. It's almost as if the feds want to make it difficult to turn in illegals. Good post, don't let the 'sellouts' get you down.
you are a disgrace, two families that you don't have any idea why they are here and you rattle on them?, nobody should judge other people without knowing the reasons that brought that people to this country. are they doing something bad to you? if your answer is yes go to the local police or take matters on your own hands but for what I understand you are only a frustrated looser also how you know a 100% of what you are saying is true. Only god has the right to intervene in peoples destiny, how would you feel if you separate the kids from their parents and something terrible happens to them, how would you feel if your actions bring missery or death to these people, well I guess you don't care because as I said before you are just a frustrated and pathetic looser.
Lamar

United States

#26 Jan 28, 2009
Huntress wrote:
<quoted text>Agreed. Good post. I was on the phone (on hold for over 45 minutes)with ICE and Homeland Security to try to give notification of two KNOWN illegal families living in my neighborhood. It's almost as if the feds want to make it difficult to turn in illegals. Good post, don't let the 'sellouts' get you down.
If there's one thing I can't stand, it's capitalism and foreigners!
Money where your mouth is

Orlando, FL

#27 Jan 28, 2009
This is more for lowly condo-dwellers, but FannieMae just issued new lending guidelines/restrictions on their loans, including:

1. Up from 51 percent, FNMA will now require that at least 70 percent of the total units in a condominium project must be conveyed or be under a bona fide contract for purchase to principal residence or second home purchasers.

2. New and established condominium projects may have no more than 15 percent of the total units in a project be 30 days or more past due on the payment of their condominium/association fees.

3. New and established condominium projects with more than 20 units will be required to have fidelity bond/fidelity insurance. It was formerly only required of new condominium projects.

4. Borrowers must obtain a “walls-in” insurance policy unless the condo development’s master policy provides the same interior unit coverage.

5. No more than 20 percent of the project’s total square footage can be used for non-residential use.

6. No more than 10 percent of the total units in a condominium project may be owned by a single entity (the same individual, investment group, partnership or corporation).

What WAS that sound?!? Oh, just the collapse of condo sales...
LMAO

Napa, CA

#28 Jan 28, 2009
If Florida was giving a MILLION DOLLARS there would still be no takers. Well wait.... there are plenty o' bigots around the country who would fit right in.
PoorJessica

Napa, CA

#29 Jan 28, 2009
Sweetie, that law was in effect for most of the 20th Century.

But what would the average American know about their laws and their country?

Since: Nov 07

Winter Park, FL

#30 Jan 28, 2009
local boca wrote:
As far as people complaining about others "buying their way in", isn't that better than remaining illegal and draining services?? Job creation is a good thing, ok!
The people with the wherewithal to buy their way in aren't here illegally or draining services moron!

Since: Nov 07

Winter Park, FL

#31 Jan 28, 2009
frank wrote:
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you are a disgrace, two families that you don't have any idea why they are here and you rattle on them?, nobody should judge other people without knowing the reasons that brought that people to this country.
You are the disgrace!

If you see a criminal you should report them even if it is "only" an immigration issue.

You and the other "gangstas" with your no snitch policies are a good example of why this country is going downhill.
word_up

Fort Mill, SC

#32 Jan 28, 2009
Dumb idea
Fed Up

Windermere, FL

#33 Jan 28, 2009
Why do we have laws if they are not obeyed? Selling green cards is contemptable and greedy.

This is WRONG!!!!
Are Brits Crazy

Winter Garden, FL

#34 Jan 29, 2009
These visa programs exist to encourage inflow of money from other parts of the world to the US. How do you all think we have been able to spend more than we make for the last thirty years. They lead to a green card (ie permanent residency) not automatically to citizenship.
I just cannot imagine why anyone with that kind of money would leave Britain. God, can you imagine a health care system where they actually take care of you and your kids when your sick? Look around here: thousands of people out of work, losing homes, unable to afford insurance, state welfare offices overwhelmed. Do they not get the news in England?
Lord British

Bournemouth, UK

#35 Jan 29, 2009
Are Brits Crazy wrote:
These visa programs exist to encourage inflow of money from other parts of the world to the US. How do you all think we have been able to spend more than we make for the last thirty years. They lead to a green card (ie permanent residency) not automatically to citizenship.
I just cannot imagine why anyone with that kind of money would leave Britain. God, can you imagine a health care system where they actually take care of you and your kids when your sick? Look around here: thousands of people out of work, losing homes, unable to afford insurance, state welfare offices overwhelmed. Do they not get the news in England?
But it's so cold here, it rains all the time, the Muslims and Polish are taking over and we're not allowed to have guns.
Too Much Whining

United States

#36 Jan 30, 2009
I love it. The British think they are getting out of the cold and away from the Poles and Muslims. Anybody clue you in that you would end up at the bottom of the ladder under the Mexican, and other latin immigrants? May be you should read the paper that good old Anglo-saxon whites are going to be a minority in America in about 25 years. Good place to bring your kids if that is what concerns you.
john jones

Blackpool, UK

#39 Mar 2, 2009
Having US Citizenship is a matter of pride. With a short but great history, the engine of the free world, it is still the number one destination of choice. Sure, people go to Canada, retire in Mexico, Spain etc. But the truth is, could they get to the USA, they would. My only caution on the current wave of immigration, we are taking a lot of people from the middle and far east. In time, they will swing votes and before you know it, we will have the same issues as the United Kingdom, France and other places in terms of pandering to Moslems, religious intolerance, educational and employment issues. etc. If we sell the right to US citizenship, then we may soon find we havecitizens that we dont really want undermining our values and religous freedom.

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