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Marriage for Green Cards: Left of Center View

Marriage; most American’s believe in romantic marriage and are appalled at the thought that people would get married for reasons other than love. But let’s face it people, marrying for love is a modern concept, and one that hasn’t even been fully embraced around the globe yet. For centuries Kings and Queens have married complete strangers just to solidify ties between countries and consolidate power, it’s no wonder the practice of marriage for profit is so common place.

Arranged marriages, either by parents or professionals, have been the standard since the practice began in a time before common currency, where the exchange of livestock for a wife was the standard. In many ways it still is. Here in America, young beautiful women marry older wealthy men every day and nobody blinks an eye at the practice. Potential suitors in every cultural arena are usually judged on their economic strengths and weaknesses not their physical ones. Marry wealth and buy beauty is the accepted practice here as it is in the rest of the world.

Everyone should be allowed to choose a partner to live with as they see fit. We’re supposed to be the land of the free right, so shouldn’t everyone be free to choose who to share a bed with, or even how many others you share the bed with. Any two consenting adults of legal age should be allowed to enter into a marriage contract with each other. Communal living, with open relationships is up to the individuals involved, but for the sake of fairness, each marriage should be limited to a partnership of two.

Since the whole concept of marriage is based upon the combining and building households, it seems only logical that married people be allowed to live together. So if an American marries a Brazilian, they should be allowed to live and work in either country. No questions asked, no need to provide proof to obtain residency other than the marriage license. Travel between the two countries, for spouses should also be made as easy as possible.

But...simply being married to a citizen shouldn’t qualify you for citizenship. When you marry a doctor you don’t instantly become one yourself. Sure you share in some of the benefits, but to become a doctor you yourself have to go through the process. Citizenship should be the same way. When the marriage ends so should the association and automatic residency. One person, one partner, one visa. Think of the savings. No need for government to verify, scam away, but you can only do it once. Talk about an incentive to make a marriage work.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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Marriage for Green Cards: Right of Center View

When people talk about the threats to the institution of marriage, nobody talks about marriages of convenience anymore. Marriages for tax status, health benefits, etc. are becoming almost commonplace in America. One of the most disturbing types of marriages of convenience in my view is the one purely to gain residence or citizenship in our country. These sham marriages not only undermine immigration laws, they cheapen the institution of marriage from being one about love and commitment to being one of dodging the system.

Truth be told, I would rather see every gay person in America take the plunge than one sneaky cheat get a free Green Card for defrauding our immigration system through marriage. At least the homosexuals genuinely want to get married for love. Whatever you think of their lifestyle, at least their reasons for desiring the right to have state sanctioned marriages are honest. Last time I checked marriage was supposed to be for life and love was supposed to be at the core of the relationship.

Every day in America and countries around the world, Americans are marrying people from other places simply so the person from outside the U.S. can come here legally and set up residence. In some cases there are actual financial arrangements made where the person coming into America pays their “spouse” to marry them. In other more insidious cases innocent Americans are tricked into marrying foreigners by being convinced that they are loved only to be abandoned and left alone once the foreigner has established a life in the U.S.

The solution should be clear. We need to require long term commitments of cohabitation and marriage for foreigners to qualify for permanent residency status and even longer term cohabitation and fidelity subject to investigation prior to granting of citizenship. I think a minimum of five years of verified continual cohabitation should have to be established for a person to qualify for permanent residency via marriage. Additionally, they should be required to have ten years of continual cohabitation and fidelity verifiable through forensic accounting and other records before they can apply for citizenship based on marriage to an American.

There are many advantages to being an American citizen. We need to make sure that those who get those privileges are entitled by right of earning them and that they are not just cheating their way into our country. I for one think that we need to raise the bar a bit before we cheapen not only marriage but the value of being American.

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Fixing Our Economy Through Trade
American Manufacturing for a Global Marketplace
Amnesty vs. Equity for Undocumented Immigrants
America - Under New Management
The American Dream
The Election and Public Policy
Should Americans Be Allowed To Buy Cheaper Canadian Drugs?
With Our Economy Failing, Will America Become the World's Next Cheap Labor Source?
What Does Trillions of Dollars in Debt to China Mean for Our Future?
Could the Bailout of Wall Street Lead to More Foreign Investment in America?
Could Open Borders Ever Be A Viable Option For America?
How Should American Immigration Policy Be Reformed?
What Would The American Economy Look Like Without Undocumented Workers?
Can International Trade Save American Jobs?
How Much Impact Will Our Faltering Economy Have on Illegal Immigration?
Would Harsher Sentences for Undocumented Criminals Lower Crime?
Will There Ever Be Comprehensive Immigration Reform in America?
Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?
How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?
What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
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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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