Alice van Oorschot
Alice van Oorschot

In Australia if you want to be a legal citzen you become naturalized.

Allen E Carter
Allen E Carter

Pls go back to your home & build your own country your way. This is what has changed America to many outsider getting into our Government & taking away our freedom. Communist!

Sheila M. Milberg
Sheila M. Milberg

Why can't you become a citizen? What about all the immigrants who came to ellis Island and then pledged to become citizens. Why can't you do that. I don't understand the difference. Why didn't they get green cards back then? I have heard the term, but don't really know much about it.

Dianne Ennis Stewart
Dianne Ennis Stewart
  • Sheila M. Milberg

Best you first go get educated about this issue, madam.

Define American
Define American
  • Sheila M. Milberg

Hi Sheila. This is such an important question, thanks for bringing it up. There actually isn't a straightforward path to citizenship or a "line" for people to get in. At the turn of the century when people were coming through Ellis Island, the same restrictions didn't exist. Immigration documents were not actually required of newcomers until 1918, and even then, it was much easier to enter the country. More many years during the great European migration, federal oversight of immigration...

Hi Sheila. This is such an important question, thanks for bringing it up. There actually isn't a straightforward path to citizenship or a "line" for people to get in. At the turn of the century when people were coming through Ellis Island, the same restrictions didn't exist. Immigration documents were not actually required of newcomers until 1918, and even then, it was much easier to enter the country. More many years during the great European migration, federal oversight of immigration didn’t exist and there were virtually no laws to break. There was no border surveillance and people didn’t need to obtain visas before entering. As the Immigration Policy Center put it, “immigrants would simply arrive at ports of entry, such as Ellis Island and other seaports to be inspected, and then would be allowed in if they didn’t fall into any of the excluded categories.” I'm going to share a couple of links with you that will be helpful. The first highlights the impossible maze that is the immigration system: http://bit.ly/XeqcBI And the second is an excellent primer on Ellis Island migration: http://bit.ly/XHjJlA

Sheila M. Milberg
Sheila M. Milberg
  • Sheila M. Milberg

Educate me.....madam.

Robin Conkel-hAnnan
Robin Conkel-hAnnan
  • Sheila M. Milberg

She needs more education because she disagrees with you.?

Brian Cady
Brian Cady

USA, as a nation, has been 'open for business'; it's time for USA to be 'open for all', to go beyond free trade toward freedom for all people to join our democracy if they want to, to live here, to join us in struggling to live well, justly and to live sustainably in this part of earth.

Define American
Define American
  • Brian Cady

Thanks Brian! We know people everywhere can identify with what it means to have to move and migrate for opportunity and for a better life. And since we are in this together, the first step is to understand one another and the values that bring us together in community. Help us reach more people and share the video. Thank you!

Robin Conkel-hAnnan
Robin Conkel-hAnnan
  • Brian Cady

We are in crisis now because our citizens cannot all take care of themselves.. Allowing everyone to come would tax our resources to the breaking point, possibly taking to a national meltdown.. I am not anti immigration, I'm pro United States.. Everyone in the 'New World' is American.. What we are really talking about is The United States of America..

Jim Eckland
Jim Eckland
  • Brian Cady

Robin, Well said. The O'Bama administration has posted a welcome sign to all to come here and collect. We arte all struggling and ...can't even pay for education and we're expected to support millions more who will be added to the Welfare roles??

Sarah Oswald
Sarah Oswald
  • Brian Cady

IM ALL FOR PEOPLE BETTER THIER LIFE BUT THEY NEED TO DO IT THE LEGAL WAY JUST LIKE ALL THE REST OF US LEGAL AMERICANS DID! NOT ILLEGALLY LIKE THEY DID!
THEY SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN AMNESTY FOR DOING SOMETHING ILLEGAL! THEY SHOULD GO THROUGH THE CHANNELS THAT EVERYONE ELSE HAD TO TO BECOME A LEGAL AMERICAN! WE SHOULD NOT REWARD THEM FOR STEALING THIER WAY INTO OUR COUNTRY!!!! GO BACK AND COME HERE LEGALLY!

Bob Franzen
Bob Franzen
  • Brian Cady

i have one proposition,open the border with out Passports like they have it Europa. than every body is happy no more debates and all paying taxis.

Patricia Benfield
Patricia Benfield
  • Brian Cady

Some how I dont see that workimg

Penny P Moreau
Penny P Moreau

Comprehensive Immigration Reform has been important to me ever since I took a course over 2 years ago at my church, First Unitarian Universalist of San Diego, entitled "Immigration As A Moral Issue". I truly hope we accomplish real reform this year.

Define American
Define American
  • Penny P Moreau

Humane reform is a moral issue and a human rights issue. Remembering that we all care about keeping our families together and that undocumented Americans are already integrated in our communities is so important, we hope people will recognize that and do the right thing, the rules have to reflect our reality.

Jim Eckland
Jim Eckland
  • Penny P Moreau

Church? As christians we're told to Respect authority...be good citizens. This issue is about being good Law-abiding citizens !

Sarah Oswald
Sarah Oswald
  • Penny P Moreau

BUT ILLEGAL ALIENS ARENT OBEYING OUR LAWS OR THEY WOULDNT HAVE CAME HERE ILLEGALLY! IF WE GIVE THEM AMNESTY THAN WHAT I TAUGHT MY CHILDREN ABOUT OBEYING THE LAW OR YOU WILL PAY THE CONSQUENCES WILL MEAN NOTHING! SO IF MY CHILDREN GOD FORBID DO SOMETHING ILLEGAL ARE THEY GOING TO GET AMNESTY I KNOW THEY WONT SO NIETHER SHOULD ILLEGAL ALIENS!! HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT THEY DO ILLEGALLY JUST LIKE YOU WOULD IF WE WOULD DO SOMETHING ILLEGAL. THEY ARE LUCKY THEY ARE SENT BACK AND NOT SENT TO JAIL LIKE WE WOULD BE IF WE DID SOMETHING ILLEGAL!!

Tom Rainey
Tom Rainey

This is an amazing story for all to read and understand the plight of so many who want to make America there home~.

Define American
Define American
  • Tom Rainey

Yes! Thank you, Thomas. We want thousands more to learn about Jose's story and be inspired by the real story of undocumented Americans and how they are a part of our community. Please share the video and help us reach more people.

Robin Conkel-hAnnan
Robin Conkel-hAnnan
  • Tom Rainey

Jose Vargas is one in a million, not many could achieve what he has.. Not many want to.. I believe he chose not to seek citizenship, to publicize the issue..

Robin Conkel-hAnnan
Robin Conkel-hAnnan
  • Tom Rainey

There are many aliens from south of our borders living in this area.. Many are always running down the USA.. I ask them why they stay.. They tell me they stay only for the money they can send to their families 'back home'..

Brian Donofree
Brian Donofree

I have friends who are "undocumented immigrants," and so I became involved in this issue - as a citizen, a teacher and a worship leader - through love. America at its best is about kindness, opportunity, and justice. As a Christian, I take seriously the words of Scripture: "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." (Matthew 25:35) Let's hang on - immigration reform based on fairness for all is just around the corner.

Julie Berlinger Amico
Julie Berlinger Amico
  • Brian Donofree

Thank you Brian, for everything you do and say....I am with you 100%.

Laura Woolpert
Laura Woolpert
  • Brian Donofree

Ditto Julie!

Marwyn Benemerito
Marwyn Benemerito

Immigration has been on the limelight lately..here's my 2 cents about it....The immigration issue is a complex thing. America has been seen for a long time as the promised land..and despite whatever the politicians and media says..it continues to be the land of opportunity..The reality is, America is not getting crowded despite what the media tells you..we remain to have the least number of people per square mile and less percentage of immigrants than lets say England or France. Even with...

Immigration has been on the limelight lately..here's my 2 cents about it....The immigration issue is a complex thing. America has been seen for a long time as the promised land..and despite whatever the politicians and media says..it continues to be the land of opportunity..The reality is, America is not getting crowded despite what the media tells you..we remain to have the least number of people per square mile and less percentage of immigrants than lets say England or France. Even with these numbers, we still send back home an average of a million immigrants a year! Most illegal immigrants have the same drive as legals do: THE DRIVE TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEMSELVES & THEIR FAMILIES. Most of them do jobs that are low paying, too physical, too uncomfortable, too dirty, and too unsatisfying for even some of us "legals" to admit. And I don't think that sending them all home will create employment opportunities for people who were born here anyway. Its just going to leave a lot of houses unfinished, fruits unpicked, food uncooked, dishes unwashed, beds unmade, office buildings uncleaned, and farms unharvested. So if they get a free pass to stay, why would we be envious?, Why would we be jealous? Why would we be disheartened? We think that we did it the hard way and yet we probably would not trade places the way they got in..even if it meant getting a free pass later. THE CONVERSATION IS REALLY ABOUT FAIRNESS! So, let us share what would be fair to each one of us affected and create a better immigration law. I think that for us that are already here, our job is to make this country an even better place...this way we can open it up more for the world's weary, tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, and wretched refuse. God Bless these United States of America!

Ranil Abeysekera
Ranil Abeysekera
  • Marwyn Benemerito

you said it very well - this is a case for justice and fairness.

Lea Emery
Lea Emery
  • Marwyn Benemerito

Marwyn Benemerito.. You said it all, God bless you and the United States of America.

Muhddin Mugne Hagi Mascat

It's important because it's the time to reach that valuable maturity understanding we all are brothers & sisters in Human Being and it's our Right to get Better Life, therefore I support the Freedom for Better Life for All Human Being.
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Steinar Andersen
Steinar Andersen
  • Muhddin Mugne Hagi Mascat

Then ask Mexico and other countries to do the same thing and open their borders to the south and absorb populations of Central / South Americans. Make Bolivia as an idea happen in real life........

Agnes Keifman
Agnes Keifman

Stop twisting things around. Legal immigration is documented. Illegal immigration is not. You are twisting the truth and that is inhumane and thoughtless. You are trying to take an action, that is against the law and trying to make it legal.

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