Friday, June 21, 2013

Want to fix immigration? Ask an immigrant

At the start of my shift today, one of my coworkers came up and asked me how I felt about the president's job and how he's doing. He started talking about the nuclear disarmament, then I mentioned immigration. That set a whole new tone. He was upset about the weapons being destroyed, but furious about the new bill.

I should let you know, my co-worker was born in Guatemala. He came over when he was in his teens. I'm not sure of all of the specifics, but I do know he was adopted by an American couple and he still had to hire a lawyer at a cost of $10,000, out of his pocket. 

He's not the only one I work with that has that kind of story. I work with people from Latin America, Vietnam, South Korea, and Eastern Europe. They all came here legally. They all got green cards and kept them current. They waited patiently in line, did their paperwork, and paid their dues. They wanted their chance at freedom.

The ones that have become naturalized citizens, celebrated. You could see a difference in their face. They earned it. 

This administration has decided to allow the ones who broke the laws to jump to front of the line. I don't know about you, but I get upset when people cut in line. When I was in elementary school, if you were caught cutting in line, you went to the back of the line. Plus, if it was pizza day, you were out of luck. No pizza for you!

Instead of having all these lawyers and out of touch with reality congresspeople, let's ask the people who went through all the loopholes to become citizens what they think should be done to make the process better. I mean since they've been through it and all.

1 comment:

  1. Logic hmmm.... Something that is in short supply in Washington DC