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Should Same-Sex Domestic Partners Be Granted the Same Immigration Rights as Traditional Couples?: Left of Center View

Every culture on Earth has includes a marriage ritual of sorts. Granted marriage is often more of a business arrangement, but still, every culture has its version. As with all human endeavors the practice has evolved over the years. In fact, marrying for love can almost be considered a "modern" concept, as the practice was almost unheard of until just these past couple of centuries. It was rare for the bride and groom to even have met prior to their wedding day, (talk about an awkward situation).

Long ago race wasn't really an issue, then it WAS, and now it's not supposed to be here in the land of the free. Equal opportunity in the pursuit of happiness is guaranteed to all by our Constitution. So how then did we get to the point that we have to "define" marriage, and once we did how did it end up being as "a union between a man and a woman"?

So maybe the religious folks have a problem with the usage of their word ďMarriageĒ. During the most recent presidential campaign that certainly seemed to be what they were saying. All candidates stipulated that they did not support same sex marriage, though the Democrats proclaimed having no problem with same sex "unions", and that all Americans should be afforded the same protections under the law, including those Americans that preferred the company of their own gender.

So marriage is between a man and a woman but to be fair we must now recognize "civil unions" and "domestic partners", and offer these people the same rights and benefits as those received by married couples. It seems fair enough if you think about it. So by that logic, same sex partners should be offered the same preferential immigration status as married couples.

Think about it for a minute, as a citizen you are granted the right to bring one other person into the country to share your domestic situation, up until now there has been no specification that it has to be a person of the opposite gender, it just had to be your spouse. So for the gay community to clamor for the right to marry, makes perfect sense, all they're asking for is the same level of protection. So when you tell them that civil unions and domestic partnership is the same thing as marriage, just with a different name, so too must we amend our immigration policies to reflect this, to do anything less would be horse-apples.

Now if we want to get back into the arguments about marriage as a short-cut to citizenship, heck I'm all for it. Let's just be fair about it and let everyone participate.


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Should Same-Sex Domestic Partners Be Granted the Same Immigration Rights as Traditional Couples?: Right of Center View

It has been well established in most states that Americans believe in marriage as an institution between one man and one woman. Despite the liberal whining about domestic partners and civil unions most Americans donít see the homosexual lifestyle as being something that we need to make special privileges apply to. When will it extend on to those who want to marry their pets? Now I donít have anything personal against people who choose to live that lifestyle but thereís no reason we need to be making exceptions to all of our rules to give fringe elements special treatment.

Immigration to America already has too many flaws and ways to dodge the system. People overstay their visas and sneak in through various and sundry ways. Why on earth would we want to make it easier for people to cheat the system? Whatís to prevent buddies from pretending to be gay to get into the country only to turn around and have a sudden change of heart and bring wives and children in from another country? If we treat them the same then it would be no different than if they got divorced and re-married except that it was their plan to defraud the government all along.

There comes a point where we need to distinguish between genetic circumstance and lifestyle choice in making public policy. Some argue that people are born gay or straight but there are too many reformed homosexuals out there who found their way in God to the right path to try to make that argument the basis for public policy. If they can convert to the natural way of living why canít others? Whereís the proof of a gay gene? If itís not genetic then itís environmental or choice. Performers in donkey shows make choices too but that doesnít mean the state should sanction a marriage between the performers or afford them all the rights of a married couple.

Immigration to America is something that we should be holding up to higher standards. We should not be lowering the bar to make sure that everyone who wants to come here can. What we really should be doing is worrying about how we can make life better for Americans not trying to find more ways to open up our society to more people who choose to live alternative lifestyles. Thatís not to say that we should persecute them for their choices. Live and let live but donít give them special treatment.

If there ever comes a time when it can be proven that being gay is a genetic condition, maybe we can look at reexamining how we implement our laws but until then, it seems like a bit of a stretch to ask for them to be given special treatment. If you let gay couples have all the benefits of marriage then you should let best friends who want to live together do the same. Since thatís not going to happen, we should leave marriage benefits to married couples and let people who choose to live alternative lifestyles deal with the ramifications of their choices.

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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