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What do I tell my legal immigrant family and friends?

March 25, 2009

I was going to stay out of the immigration debate but we are headlong quickly toward a cliff so here goes.

I have many family members and friends that came to the United States legally and went through the system.

Many waited six, seven or more years to become citizens.  All are legal — many with their own businesses and I don’t know one that has become a burden upon the taxpayers.

Most of these people are Asians: Vietnamese-Americans, Chinese-Americans and Korean-Americans.

My wife came here the hard way: after war and communism and prison in Vietnam she fled by boat: facing death by starvation, pirates, rape and other criminal activity.  Add to that the environment: the sun and the sea.  Four people died in her boat.

She came here and waited, and waited and waited to become a citizen.  She learned English and worked at minimum wage jobs.  She now has her own business and is hanging on by a thread due to the bad economy.

She never complains.

She never even complains when we see hundreds of people — daily — that are here illegally and demanding work and money and benefits.

They aren’t learning English and are not awaiting the system: they are waiting for Nancy Pelosi’s revolution.

They are waiting for the “system’ to adapt to them: and with the Speaker of the House telling them that officers sworn to defend the law are un-American — what should I tell my Vietnamese-American family about America, justice and the rule of law?

See Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/25/guess-who-else-thinks-ice-ag
ents-are-unpatriotic/

Related:
 Obama Believers Thought They’d Hear More On Immigration By Now

Immigration embers could turn into political fire for Obama

La Raza has a new best friend at Justice

Immigration embers could turn into political fire for Obama

March 22, 2009

President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, already burdened with pushing through the president’s massive agenda, seem to be sidestepping the issue of illegal immigration.

But with Hispanics expecting big things from the party they helped put in control of Washington last year, fancy footwork won¹t be enough. Hispanic lawmakers went to the White House last week to find out why Obama’s overflowing agenda left out the immigration reform he promised during his campaign.

By Susan Ferrechio
The Examiner

Days before, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had drawn criticism when she told an audience in San Francisco that some raids by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency are “un-American” because they separate illegal immigrant parents from their U.S.-born children.

The remarks brought quick denunciations from opponents of illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

But putting a halt to such raids has been one of the top priorities for Hispanic leaders. At their meeting with Obama last week, the Hispanic lawmakers managed to get the president to pledge that he is “pursuing ways”
to end such raids.

That may be the closest Obama gets to reforming immigration anytime soon.

“Immigration reform makes Social Security reform look like a walk in the park,” said former Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas., who chaired the House Democratic Caucus from 1999-2003. “It is the single toughest, meanest subject Congress has to deal with. Given the scope of the problems they are facing right now it would be very hard to put immigration reform into the mix.”

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/
politics/Immigration-embers-could-tu
rn-into-political-fire-41631172.html

Related:
 La Raza has a new best friend at Justice

immigrants protest INS raids
“Stop the racist raids” signs are held by Latino activists as they protest recent immigration raids across the country at a demonstration and news conference in front of the downtown Federal Building December 19, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (File photo by David McNew/Getty Images)