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  • One comment said it all: "We worked so hard and it took so long that we really treasure our citizenship."  Those who come here illegally have made it clear that they do not hold life in the U.S. to be very valuable.

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    • I disagree, I married a man who came on a legal visitors visa but overstayed the visa because he did value the US and his life here. He paid taxes like a US Citizen but has never taken advantage of handouts or freebies from our government. He stayed here because he could earn a fair wage and had money to spare and send back home where the average salary is less than $60/week.He is hardworking and dedicated and now through our marriage is working hard at studying about our country for his citizenship exam. Because of him, I have been introduces to many immigrants in the same position. I still disagree with illegal immigration but to say all illegal immigrants abuse our system and don't care about our country is ignorant and wrong!

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  • ALL Americans love legal immigrants.  How  about a year without  illegal immigrants?

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    • Angee-Americans would do all those jobs and in the past have done them. Quite frankly I do not want an illegal driving me around. I want someone who came here legally, learned the language and is capable of actually reading road signs and thus driving safely. If you think the current types of people who "clean" hotel rooms actually clean them you have not stayed in one lately. They are a veritable petri dish of God awful nastiness. Your excuses are just that excuses. There are millions of legal Americans who are out of work and would jump at the chance to do those jobs and support their families. Your argument is just crap.

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    • For Angee. I keep hearing people say stuff like that. Who will do the jobs no one else wants. So your saying that all illegals are good for is the crap jobs. So you think that your so much better than them You are to good to work a labor job. They are here just to serve you. What makes you so much better than them that you can't work for a living. When you say that all you ar e doing is looking at them like lower class people And that you are better than them. Also every body I know would work all of those jobs. Americans do construction, cleans houses, pick fruit, or whatever job there is out there. Do you think Americas only sit in an office all day. That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Illegals also commit identity theft. How would you like for your identity to be stolen by one of these people.  If they want to come here than do it legally just like all of our ancestors did.  Stop acting like you are so much better than everyone else. If not then why don't you go find an illegal and give them your job and identity. Every illegal person here is costing a legal citizen a job. They can come but do it the right way. 

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  • no illegals period!  No taking cuts in line!  the Legal applicants take a disrespectable SLAP in the face when this happens and then wonder why they even followed the rules!!  its not right! its not fair! and its not cheap labor because everyone bears the cost in higher taxes, a bigger load on our already strained economy, and threatening the security of our way of life!!

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  • We came legally. After a number of years, became citizens. Proud! Registered the day got our papers! Get rid of illegals. Being accepted here is a priviledge NOT a right! We have problems, yes, everyone does. But only here have the right to complain to, vote for/against, get protection, etc from the eagle. NOWHERE ELSE! This is the greatest country. 

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    • Legal immigrants, like cheeta and those in the article above have a large investment in America, an investment of both time and money. I welcome them with open arms and an open heart. I wish them the very best that life offers.

      Illegal immigrants are cheating all Americans, they have no investment in America, no loyalty, no motivation to play by the rules and no stake in the future. 

      Many are paid under the table, and don't pay taxes, many are criminals, many are taking advantage of our generous safety nets, all are cheating America.

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  • We are a nation of legal immigrants, grandparents from Italy!

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  • There stories reinforce the notion of and importance of having LEGAL immigration.  They all went thru the vetting process.  I don't want illegals here for any reason.  The cost is impossible to estimate.  Obvious costs are massive welfare benefits, food stamps, and the loss of American jobs.  Another massive cost is due to the law providing them a free education.  Here in Texas, special dual language teachers, dual language books and special classes to get them up to speed cost the taxpayers dearly.  They clog up the emergency rooms with such life threatning illiness as a cold or an ant bite.  Having medicaid means there is no charge at the emergency room.  Bottom line-not legal dob't come here.

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    • The liberals are mad because the illegals are a big vote bank for them as ILLEGALS, especially in the banana state of CA! They have bene thriving on every kind of voter fraud but millions of illegals being registered to vote on the basis of driver licenses issued to them on compassionate grounds is being exploited by the liberals, and tops the voter fraud list! Immigrants-most of us are-go about touting their contribution to this nation, but what we are seeing here is tens of millions from Mexico who cannot contribute to this country except as cheap labor, while costing the nation billions in handouts to them, including healthcare by ACA, actually forbidden in ACA itself but flouted by liberals-led states! 

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    • Angee, first, as usual you spout off those statistics about welfare without referencing the percentage of population of each. If you take into account African Americans represent approximately 13% of our population than the percentage on welfare far exceeds other groups. Second, if you're trying to deny that illegal aliens do not receive a plethora of benefits from our government you are either being disingenuous or outright lying. Additionally, why would your stats reflect usage by illegals when it is broken down by race? If illegals are included in that number they would be hidden by race. So before you get on your high horse about anyone else disseminating false information, you really need to check yourself. Your entire post is illogical. 

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    • Angee, you are incorrect. Take a look at CA website... tell me again who can get bens!  Also not mentioned in few comments I've read, is how much of our money goes right into Mexico's "economy," not back into ours which is just another huge debt to us. 

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  • QUESTION:

    What do all the LEGAL immigrants in this article have in common?

    ANSWER:

    They all seem to convey a common premise: emigrating from their home country to the United States was NOT a right, but a PRIVILEGE that was earned through extraordinary effort, hard work and an open demonstration of loyalty to their new country.

    IMAGINE THE FOLLOWING SCENARIO:

    You are in excruciating pain, because you just pulled a major muscle in your back. Now, with your insurance card in hand, you are off to the nearest emergency room to seek relief. 

    Of course, if you’ve ever visited an emergency room – you know there is usually a very long wait before seeing the ER doctor. In fact, today, the ER is very busy, and you have been waiting in immense pain for two long hours. Nevertheless, you politely wait your turn, because you know it is “first-come, first-served” in an ER, and you also know, the ER triages the truly emergent patients – such as accident victims or patients with life-threatening conditions.

    Suddenly, 10 people show up in the ER complaining of “runny noses and sore throats.” Those same people also DEMAND to be seen by a doctor immediately, because they are on their way to a dinner party and “don’t have time to wait.” (By the way, those 10 people aren’t citizens of the U.S.; they don’t have medical insurance, and they can’t pay for the emergency services.)

    In less than one minute, those ten sniffling-nose people are escorted with royalty-like treatment into the ER bays -- as you wait in the lobby writhing in pain. You can’t believe your eyes! Yes – you just got shoved to the BACK OF THE LINE. You painfully make your way to the ER admitting desk to ask why 10 people with head colds were seen immediately -- yet you have been waiting quietly and in severe pain for the last two hours.

    Instead of the ER admitting desk apologizing for the “oversight,” you are told to “be quiet, sit down and wait for your named to be called.” When you further protest, you are told to “stop complaining” or you will be ejected by security. The front desk also states: you should be ashamed of yourself for trying to deny those 10 nice people their “human right” to receive prompt professional medical services.

    That, my friends, is a prime example of JUMPING IN THE FRONT OF THE LINE – simply because those 10 people believed they were ENTITLED to SPECIAL TREATMENT.  Why did the 10 runny-nose people believe they were so entitled?  Because our elected representatives, seeking to remain in political office, told those 10 people they have the SAME INHERENT RIGHTS as someone who was born in this country or someone who went through the arduous and lengthy process of becoming a LEGAL CITIZEN.

    Through its magnitude of opportunity and its resolve to preserve freedom, the United States of American has a longstanding reputation of welcoming people from around the globe, and we should continue to do so. However, we must continue – not with unchecked open borders and cavalier disregard for the security of our homeland – but with specific determination that all who immigrate into our country do so in accordance with common sense and with full respect to the laws of our land. 

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  • So where is the media to report this, I guess not newsworthy enough to state the fact covered, need to come to USA ad become a citizen.

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  • I petition my brother to come to the US it took 8 years and my wife petition her brother it took 25 years and they we did it the legal way. This is one way a person can come here legally. If your here illegally go back and get petition to return here, learn the language and remember not to try to change the culture here if you dont like the culture here your free to leave!

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  • My family moved here in 2004, it took a lot of money and 7 years.  We run a small busiiness and were vetted every two years to make sure we were making an econmic contribution, employing Americans and that our business was profitable.  This year we are looking forward with such pride to becoming Citizens and consider it a huge privilage.  It makes me so angry when I read about illegals who's expectations are that they are exempt from this process and have the right to be here - THEY DONT!  Be an upstanding person and do it the right way;  its hard, its expensive and its scary at times but its so worth it.  God Bless the USA and President Trump.

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  • One more time for the Liberals and "Progressives" who cannot comprehend the difference between ILLEGAL and LEGAL.   We have no problem with LEGAL immigrants.  Most of us are decendants of LEGAL immigrants who came here WITH SKILLS to make themselves a better life.  We are against ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (AGAINST THE LAWS of the USA)...  Got it dummies?  We have borders that make us a country for a reason.  Note that Europe has been closing their OPEN BORDERS for a reason lately....  GUESS WHY?  I cannot believe supposed "Educated" folks can be this naive!   This should have been a "DAY WITHOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS" to see if it makes a difference.  As for me...  Those who shut down today and lost money for this ignorant idea...  GOOD! 

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    • Psst.... they aren't immigrants either.  They have not sought, nor been granted, immigrant status.  Immigration has *nothing* to do with them - it is a border security issue.  We need to stop calling them immigrants - for one its insulting to the legal immigrants.

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  • That is all we want. Why don't people understand that we can't keep the illegal aliens and others in food, medical care and housing forever. We are going broke. 

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  • These immigrants have a unique perspective and everything they say is true. My parents are immigrants also who came into the country legally  and then became citizens.

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  • You can also add me to the list.  We immgrated from the West Bankl in Isreal in 1974.  One of the proudest moments in my life is when I became a US citizen.  11 years after migrating I joined the United States Marine Corps.  I took a break from the service to raise my two boys.  In 2001 my husband and I went back into the service till we retired he in 2013 and me 2014.  We have traveled to more than countries everytime we entered a country we did so legally.  I am a strong beleiver of secure borders.  

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  • My husband and his family came to America legally from the Philippines when he was very young. It was hard, lots of money, paperwork, and his father had to be in the US seperated from the rest of the family for a long while. (He was sponsored first by a sibling, then he got his wife and children in).  Today my husband is an American citizen. He has the same opinion as these people you have listed here.  Legal immigration with vetting and rules is good.  Border enforcement is good. 

    I feel the same way.  I am not an immigrant, but I believe legal Immigration is wonderful. It helps our country not be stagnant. It helps us who are not immigrants remember how great we have it here. It brings in great ideas, innovation, culture, and food.  It keeps the American dream alive. 

    Every country has a right to decide who comes in, and who does not. I lived in Japan for about 17 months, and I had to apply for a visa, and once I got permission to go there, I had to carry a special ID card. If I didn't have it, I could be arrested. Each new town I moved to, the first thing I had to do was check in at city hall, so they could always know where I was, and why I was there. I was fine with all these rules.  Why? Because it wasn't my country, it was theirs.  They had the right to enforce immigration laws as they saw fit, just as every country does!  

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  • When I brought My now wife from Ukraine, I asked her where would you like to live, she said back to me, "only in America", she said it's the best place in the world. I told her, OK but it will not be easy. Believe me, it was not! 

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  • Don't you know your only supposed to ask illegal aliens ( not immigrants - they have never sought nor been given immigrant status) what they feel about borders?  And don't forget to call the 'immigrants' so it looks like they are legal immigrants.

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  • Glad to have them as U.S. citizens.  We are proud to have you here.

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  • The illegals use the excuse that we'd have no one to pick crops, clean our houses, ow our lawns etc. The truth is, our teens and college kids, people with low  education and the handicapped did these jobs. We allowed crop pickers to come as needed. I remember as a teen that I was pretty much guaranteed a job after school and in the summer. Now the adult illegal immigrants take those jobs and our low education and handicapped live on welfare. The job market for teens is slim pickings. The head of the illegal alien household can't possibly support a family on minimum wages so they end up on welfare too. And don't tell me illegals aren't eligible for welfare. With a minor child, they are eligible for all benefits.

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    • Your personal "feelings" don't determine legality. 300 years ago my family immigrated to America. It was not legal or illegal because the immigration laws of today did not exist then. You can not break a law that does not exist. Your entire argument is baseless and unfounded. The 1st Americans(native peoples) immigrated here also(12000-15000 years ago?)You don't get to decide at which point in American history the land belonged to one person over another simply based on immigration since there were no truly American inhabitants. Learn your history, you may not like the truth but that doesn't change it.

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    • Does that mean all the illegal aliens here now are americans?  So, when are they going to act American?  When arwe these illegals going to pay taxes, be self relient, and stop sending 50 billion of our dollars to their home country home?  

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    • You are obviously smoking too much weed to actually beleive that horrendous crock of boiling shit. What planet are you from Bonnie Stewart? You sound like you may be an ethics scholar from libtard university.

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    • Bonnie Parker-Stewart you have got to be one of the dumbest liberals that walks the planet. My grandparents were born in this country. My parents were born in this country. I was born in this country. All three generations are legal. If you'd quit drinking Hillary's pussy juice you wouldn't be so stupid. That toxic waste is rotting your brain. 

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    • @survivor2014 is spot on. The so called native Americans were not in fact originally native to this land. They came from asia and africa. So based on your criteria they were illegal too.

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    • What do you consider one who is part of the Lakota tribe in the Midwest? 

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  • Funny, no one has anything against border laws. Funny to see that some americans forgot how the people actually came to America after it was discovered. 

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  • To Thuy Wise,  my dad MG Homer D Smith Jr would have been so happy to have met you. He was in charge of operation baby lift and always thought he had not done enough or save enough babies and children. I can see you have done well and he would have loved a big hug from you. Sorry to say he has passed away, but he loved every one of the baby's and hopped it all was enough. 

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  •  Erm.  Good examples that legal immigration works, but I think it's also important to note that these successes happened before 9/11.  Post 9/11 U.S. doesn't look quite the same as it did before 9/11. 

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  • Every sovereign country has borders!!  Especially important for a country like the US, where so many people want to live, to enforce these borders and uphold our immigration laws! Legal entry! We americans can't enter or stay in other countries without a passport or legal documentation.  Why should it be allowed here in the US?

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  • Laurie I agree with what you say except the God awful part He is Holy please don't use His name like that

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  • Angee - thats what work visas are for and teenagers and 2nd jobs.

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    • Susan Kathryn--exactly!! Worked since I was 12/13 yrs old... doing those kinds of jobs. Teaches responsibilit, work ethics, finances (a tad... liked to spend my earned money), and so much more. However, these jobs aren't there any longer for all teens and others who need them... Unless they speak many languages to communicate with those that refuse to assimilate

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  • Don't do a crime if ya wanna stay on our side of the line!!!! (which will soon be a wall)

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  • They can marry a military member and get it done faster and easier.

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  • Bullshit. This is more nonsense propaganda from the right.  You can see the bullshit when reading about the 30 year old chemical engineer from Iran who says she waited "10-13 years." This is total bullshit as looking hind sight she  would know exactly how long she waited, not giving range of time (ex. 10-13 years) she wouldve know specifically how long she waited. 

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  • Brad Tonkin looks alot like Randy Orton with a beard

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  • Brad Tonkin looks alot like Randy Orton with a beard.

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