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Military Service As A Path To Citizenship: Left of Center View

This seems like a pretty simple thing. All soldiers should be granted probationary citizenship upon their enlistment in the United States Armed Forces and full citizenship immediately upon their honorable discharge from the service. There is no greater service to a country than putting your life on the line for her, and any person who does so willingly has earned the right to call themselves a U.S. Citizen.

In America we are supposed to honor those who serve. We have two national holidays devoted to honoring those who have served and died for this country. We combined Lincoln’s and Washington’s holidays into President’s Day but still recognize that Memorial Day and Veterans Day are individually important enough to observe separately. We all know that the value of service is immeasurable and no matter where you were born you are something special when you strap on those combat boots and put your life at risk for your country.

We know that it is not just the soldier who sacrifices either. Service can take a toll on families that cannot be measured. In addition to granting citizenship to all the people who choose to serve we need to extend that to their families as well. When a soldier is sent to war or lost in battle their family pays more than anyone else. All spouses of U.S. military personnel should be granted immediate residency status in the U.S. and all children born to these soldiers should also be granted immediate citizenship.

It seems ridiculous that anyone would question that. If you want to come into this country regardless of how you got here and then offer your life up to defend her, you should get the benefits of being a citizen. In a time when most natural born citizens don’t choose to serve their country we need these brave men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line in the hopes of attaining citizenship. The least we can do to honor their commitment to America is recognize that they have earned the right to call themselves Americans.


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Military Service As A Path To Citizenship: Right of Center View

Say what you will about illegal immigrants but anyone who has the guts to jump into the line of fire to protect America is OK by me. I would never defend people hopping the fence to get here but if there is a way to redeem yourself for sneaking in I have to say putting on the uniform and laying it on the line for America might just be it.

When you think about it for a minute, a lot of kids today would rather pretend to be criminals playing Grand Theft Auto than do an honest day’s work let alone risk their lives for their country. It makes me sad for America that we need might actually need people to immigrate here to fill the need for personnel in the military. While there are a lot of brave men and women serving America there are also a lot of lazy bums sitting on the couch getting fat playing video games while the truly honorable people head off to war for their country.

Maybe that should be the reform we are looking for in “comprehensive immigration reform”. When the people fill out the application to immigrate here just ask them if they are willing to join the military and do a tour of duty to get their papers. If so, send them off to boot camp and if they make the grade we make them citizens. You figure being in the military they will have to learn English too. Two problems solved with one solution.

Instead of amnesty and higher fences we should be talking about signing people up and shipping them out. We’ve got troop shortages and a whole bunch of people wanting green cards. I’m just saying both problems might have a common solution. If you want to stay you need to serve. When you are done serving you get to stay. It’s not a perfect solution but it would meet two current needs of our society. We would have fewer non-English speaking illegal immigrants and more badly needed soldiers. Sounds like a good plan to me.

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A Legal Immigrant’s 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 “The Race” 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 isn’t 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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