Share Your Immigration Story – New York Times

There are so many stories of people trying to become citizens ‘the right way’ only to find there is no ‘right way’ available to them. Here are some stories from people who have experienced this and in a previous post I link to the article from the New York times where legal residents were ordered to leave the country after they applied to become citizens.

Share Your Immigration Story – New York Times
By Julia Preston
April 11, 2008, 5:32 pm

During two years as the national immigration correspondent for The New York Times, I have received many e-mail messages from readers recounting their struggles with the United States immigration system. These readers were often American citizens and legal immigrants who said they were determined to follow the law. Yet they described heavy burdens the federal bureaucracy imposed on them as they tried to play by the rules. (read more immigration stories from this article.)

It’s great that so many anti-“illegal” immigration people claim they are for legal immigration, but our system is terribly flawed and legal immigration is very difficult. Many of us will never have to deal with the immigration system, but those that do often find out these difficulties the hard way.

“I think more Americans need to understand how the current system is making things difficult for people who are trying to do things the legal way,” wrote Kelly Phillips, a Coast Guard seaman from California whose husband is Mexican. “I feel that more individuals would do things legally if the manner for doing so was more reasonable.”

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6 thoughts on “Share Your Immigration Story – New York Times

  1. Is there a limit to how many immigrants the US should let in? There are literally billions who want to get in. Should we just open the doors to all of them?

  2. We should foster a world community where everyone can have a wonderful life either here or in their own countries. We should not promote the idea that we’ll be flooded with too many people because that’s just not true. People don’t want to come to the the U.S. because of the Grand Canyon they want a better life for themselves and their family.

    If this country would stop getting involved in insane wars where we kill people and create refugees for other countries that would be a good start.

  3. The purpose of the New York Slimes article/editorial is to justify illegal immigration. I’m a U.S. Citizen and the spouse and sponsor of a REAL immigrant and I OBEYED THE LAW. It took 2 1/2 years to get my wife into the country, and the INS and State Department bumbling idiots did everything they could to slow it down. But do the Senators and Representatives know how difficult it is to get the Government to process immigration cases in a timely manner? YES. Do they care? HELL NO. Does the New York Slimes really care? HELL NO.

  4. You seem to understand the difficulty with the system. That’s the point so I’m not sure why you have no humanity for these stories.

    Who defines what a “real” immigrant is? The law? Well, we both agree that there are issues with the system and I believe there are issues with the law.

    Hopefully you at least understand that many anti-immigrant groups such as FAIR and Numbers USA would prefer that your spouse never have been allowed to comer here.

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