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Should Immigration Reforms Be Enacted?

President Obama and members of Congress are among those who have brought forth immigration reform proposals this week. Tell us who you believe has the better plans.

Immigration reform came to the forefront of the American political realm this week, with several leaders putting forth plans that could lead to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States.

The first move this week was made by a group of Republican and Democratic senators Monday. The Associated Press reports that the group with their plan aims to first increase the country’s borders before laying down a path to citizenship.

President Barack Obama presented the highlights of his proposals on Tuesday. While both his and the senators’ plans call for establishment of a way to allow illegal immigrants to pursue citizenship, the president is not proposing tying the citizenship component to border security. An AP analysis of the proposals shows a few more differences between them.

A bipartisan group of six U.S. House members are also preparing a similar immigration proposal expected to include a way toward legal immigration status for illegal immigrants already in the country, the AP reports.

Should the country’s illegal immigrants be given a pathway toward citizenship? Whose immigration proposals do you most agree with? Are there any stipulations or laws you would like to see implemented?

Share what’s on your mind with us, and then return here to see what your neighbors in Paulding, Douglas and Cobb have said.

Darren Wheeler February 06, 2013 at 07:13 PM
There are those who disagree with you concerning Obama and welfare reform: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-09-06/opinions/35497580_1_welfare-reform-work-requirements-tanf Back to ILLEGAL immigration and "immigration reform," we can already attract talent through legal means, and companies do it every day. Our immigration laws serve as no barrier to LEGALLY bringing someone into the country on a work visa. I will clarify, someone coming into the country on a work visa has nothing, whatsoever, to do with immigration. They're not "immigrating." They're in the country on a temporary basis for the purpose of fulfilling a job need for their employer. This is a process outside the immigration process. I disagree with you concerning the lack of training and the high level of unemployment. I know people, personally, who have a masters degree, who are told they are over-qualified. The mass exodus of manufacturing here in the U.S. is the key factor in the enormous job losses in the country. But, again, the point of the discussion concerns granting amnesty and even a pathway to citizenship to millions of people who are, yes, criminals, regardless of the method by which the law was broken. The people who are benefiting mostly from this proposed idea are not "highly skilled and highly trained" who will fulfill job vacancies which you say are vacant due to a lack of training. We know where these people work, and it isn't in highly-skilled/trained jobs.
Brian February 08, 2013 at 05:42 AM
Yes, so explain to me why one of our most important software engineers had to move back home just because he had a temporary work visa? He wanted to stay and had to go home and apply for immigration. We had to have him work remotely. He broke up with his wife because she is a citizen, married him here, and didn't want to wait through the process of getting him permanent residence or leave her country. I think you are splitting hairs by saying what "is and isn't" immigration. If we need talent, and the government is getting in the way about that, then they are a problem for us. And that isn't the only example. I have a friend who has been in love with a canadian for five years and finally married her. I went to the wedding in Canada. Now, almost 6 months later, they are still going through the process of her legally immigrating here, and have 8 months or more to go. How messed up is that? They are married. She can't even come here since she is applying. He has to drive to Canada to see her. And you say the system isn't broken. Now, as far as criminality, you are not a "criminal" by nature. Criminality is created by the government. Most people are criminals because they go faster than the speed limit. When a law is unfair, then it creates criminals where there shouldn't be any. That is Sociology 101. Now, if there were no demand for these people, they would not be coming here. As I said, most Americans are too lazy for farm labor, etc.
Brian February 08, 2013 at 05:43 AM
In fact, when GA got "tough" on immigrants, guess what happened? Farms couldn't get enough quality laborers and lost crop. Go around Atlanta and find homeless and unemployed people and ask them to go work on a farm. They'll go, "I ain't workin' on no farm." So, it may not be computer work, but mexicans are qualified for and taking jobs that lazy Americans won't take or if they did, wouldn't do a good job. They'd rather be unemployed. So just because it isn't a desk job, doesn't mean it isn't something we need.
Darren Wheeler February 08, 2013 at 02:22 PM
You won't hear me argue concerning those who don't and won't work. I am well familiar with the stories concerning the farm labor and people who were taken there to work and walked off the job. The problem isn't that they walked off the job as much as it is that they had an alternative, which led them to walking off the job. These people aren't conscientious, hard-working people who do these types of things. These are people who leech off of society, and our very own government has created an atmosphere which doesn't just allow for it to happen, but actually encourages it by their own policies. I, too, know very good, hard-working people who are in the country in a business visa and are being told they have to leave, and they absolutely do not want to leave. In fact, they want to immigrate and become citizens. They are very productive people who own a home and who pay taxes, people who contribute to society, not who are dependent upon society. Sadly, it is those people who are getting no reprieve within this supposed "immigration reform." Nothing will change for them. Those who are under consideration are the MILLIONS of people who are in the country illegally, and we're not talking about software engineers, business owners, etc. I wholeheartedly support something to be done concerning these type situations. But I am not holding my breath, waiting on this federal government to provide a remedy. They have other motives in mind, which are made clear by their actions.
Darren Wheeler February 08, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Concerning someone having married a foreign citizen and their current wait time; I, too, married a foreign citizen but the way it was done was quite different, and which provided very different results. Your description sounds as if they went to Canada and married, there, and they're currently waiting for the paperwork process to be complete. Hindsight is 20/20, but what they should have done was to bring the anticipated spouse into the country, legally, and marry while they are here, and then file immigration paperwork, and they never would have had to leave. My wife was in the country, legally, on a visa. We met and dated for a number of months. She had applied for an extension and did receive one, but only for an additional three months, which led us to the proverbial fork in the road, and we had to make a decision, which we did. Tying these stories in with the present "reform" which is on the table... I don't see that it will help either of the situations which you've described. The proposals are targeted toward millions of people who are here illegally and giving en masse citizenship. I know of no inclusion of dealing with situations like the two which you've described. The "reform" will not address those issues, at all.

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