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    Posted January 29, 2013 by
    Santa Clara, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Naturalized citizens: Your thoughts on immigration reform

    The long road to citizenship

    I don't want to get into details of writing an essay and therefore shall make it as bullet points.
    I had to jump through multiple hoops to obtain
    an F1 student visa,(1 year)
    a 1 year OPT (optional practical training) permit
    H1 work visa (1 year)
    Green Card (4 years)
    Citizenship (5 years)
    t took me 12 years to get a citizenship and I followed every step legally because that is the way this country is set up - based on laws - a REPUBLIC.

    I don't have an issue with the process because they weren't singling me out or treating me differently. It was just that the system was slow.

    Granting amnesty to illegal immigrants and furthermore citizenship is a slap to the face of all the legal immigrants who have done everything the right way and in fact the ONLY way - the LEGAL WAY.

    There should be a penalty levied on these people as well as employers who are aware of their illegal status. This should be paid back into the system.

    These immigrants should continue to be treated as people with work visas , who need to renew it as well as not get other benefits of the system that are reserved to the citizens.

    Before we talk about fairness to them, what is the fairness to the people who are here legally and pay taxes that are supporting these illegal immigrants?
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