After entering the USA on a visitor visa about half a dozen times and returning back to the port of origin, I entered the USA as an exchange visitor. After a dozen years of multiple steps, legal costs and stressful periods, I became a naturalized US citizen. USA is a country of laws, that is what makes us one of the most civilized nations on earth and I am proud to be an American even though there are times when patience is tested to its limits. Immigration reform has to be guided by COMPASSION, FAIRNESS and FIRMNESS. Millions of undocumented persons living in the USA left their motherland out of desperation, frustration and hope for a better future. They did so the only way they knew how. If there was a simple way of obtaining a work permit for a specified period and they could be tracked and they left the country after a period of stay or renewed their visas and remained in the country as long as they remained documented workers we would have been better off. The problem with the Immigration and Naturalization Service is that they looked at individuals entering the USA as potential immigrants and therefore citizens of neighboring countries could not get work visas just to go in out of the USA, just like the European countries do. In future, work permits should be the major pathway for entry to the USA based on enforceable laws. The question is what do we do about the undocumented workers. Three possibilities, voluntary return to their country, waiver of need to return to their countries by paying a fine of a minimum of $1000 and maximum of $10,000 for the number of years lived in the USA another possibility is to leave the USA and apply for documented entry into the USA. Path to citizenship if given should be longer than for those who entered the USA legally with ZERO credit for the number of years lived in the USA and 10 years to citizenship following permanent residency. and 10 years to permanent residency. It is very clear that the issue is very political because if the reelection of President Obama is any indication, there is a distinct advantage for the democrats to favor a rapid path to citizen to build their vote banks. The image in this ireport is that of a Federal district court, seen is a newly naturalized citizen, seated in the front following the naturalization ceremony surrounded by colleagues from a local primary school. In the background is the judge who administered the oath.
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