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Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?

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  • +88 +202 -114 Zach Feb. 23, 2012
    "Legalizing immigration will bring up our economy because we will have an increased tax revenue and we will stop wasting resources and time trying to deport the people who are only here to escape the poor quality in their country and they are taking the jobs that our lazy people wont take because it is too hard."
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    • +6 +7 -1 Julia Nov. 11, 2015
      "I agree with Tara & David, so I will not repeat. However, I will tell you I have personally pulled into a drive thru and the person speaking did not speak English. I learn from my daughter who took two years of Spanish in high school "no hablo espanol" and drove off."
    • +4 +10 -6 Tara Dec. 4, 2014
      "Seriously?! You mean all those jobs that are now unavailable to entry level workers, such as high school students and drop outs, because they are filled with people who can barely speak English and don't pay taxes yet somehow have easy access to WIC and food stamps?? Agriculture work has long been the predominant area for illegal labor, but in my state, illegals are overwhelming all entry level and low-skill labor forces. Most young people from my generation (1970s/80s) started the work-life as teens in service industries, farm work, or construction. Now these jobs are overwhelmingly filled by illegals. Another reason why the minimum wage has not kept pace with the cost of living."
    • 0 0 0 Brenda Jun. 26, 2017
      "I disagree. Employers who are benefiting from Illegal Aliens cheap labor will either lay many off or reduce their hours to an unlivable wage, thus they will become permanent welfare recipients."
    • 0 0 0 Logan Jun. 1, 2017
      "Zach your right so keep up the good work because it will pay of :)."
    • 0 0 0 Anon May. 9, 2017
      "Immigration is legal. There is a process, and legal immigration does boost the economy, it costs money to become a US citizen. The fact that people actually believe immigration is illegal is flabbergasting"
    • -2 +8 -10 David Sep. 7, 2014
      "You are sadly misinformed! These parasites suck up far more in government largesse than they pay in taxes because in large part THEY DO NOT PAY TAXES. They are largely uneducated and a drain on the economy. In giving them absolution which we have done in the past, we simply encourage more of their criminal behavior."
    • -2 +6 -8 Miao Yu Feb. 1, 2013
      "So true. I can not imagine the country without those people."
    • -2 +8 -10 Dale Oct. 7, 2012
      "I hate to disagree, but I disagree. Legalization will bring DOWN our economy. Employers who utilize illegal labor do so because it's cheap labor. Why is it cheap? It's not because an illegal WILL work for less, its because they MUST work for less. What happens when we legitimize illegals? They don't HAVE to work for substandard wages. But illegals are here to earn money to send "home" to Mexico. What happens to our economy when we widen the pipeline that's sapping dollars from our economy? Employers will state that they CAN'T afford to pay the wages that Americans expect. What happens to them when they're forced out of business?"
  • +34 +117 -83 Jake Mar. 29, 2012
    "They should approve the DREAM ACT for illegal students that came to the country while they were children. They have no fault that they were brought when they were kids, Now we shouldgive them the opportunity to become U.S citizens. Maybe if they go to college for 2 years then they can get their citizenship. Most of them drop high school because they dont have the chance to go to college, they can't even get a decent job because they simply dont have a SSN. They can't even drive legally. They should give a change to illegal students to become U.S citizens they will be helping the economy by getting a better education than their parents and they will offer a better life for the family."
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    • +4 +5 -1 Nancy Nov. 11, 2012
      "It's not their fault they outperform you, it's your own. Coming here the "right" way is not on option if you have no say in the decision because you are a child. People do not leave their country because they want to, but because they have no choice. Living in a country full of violence and disaster is not a very promising scenario to raise a family. Also they aren't stealing money from anyone because they do not qualify for financial aid due to nonexistent SSN. Once they achieve their degree and citizenship they will start paying taxes and contributing to the system just like any other American."
    • -5 +1 -6 Reina May. 4, 2014
      "Well said, David. It's ok for taxpayers to pay for them while they get everything? No. That is just teaching their kids it is ok for them to break the law the rest of their life. And the students do get benefits, Nancy. Have you ever been to an LDSS office? That is where they get welfare, Medicaid, food stamps, SSI. Why not give it to the people who need it. They even get housing. Taxpayers in poverty have a hard time getting that, AND THEY PAID FOR IT! What would happen if we went to Mexico? We'd get jailed and/or deported. Why should they have special treatment?"
    • -7 +1 -8 David Jun. 26, 2012
      "So im suppossed to foot the bill while I pay for my own schooling just because people feel bad for them no. IF THEY CAME HERE THE RIGHT AND JUST WAY LIKE MANY OTHERS AND THEY OUT PREFORM ME IN SCHOOL THEN THEY DESERVE MORE MONEY THEN ME. But they came here the wrong way even if its there parents doing. I don't appreciate people stealing money from me and my fellow citizen students."
  • +17 +126 -109 [email protected] Jun. 6, 2011
    "the border needs to be sealed before anything can address this . After that, there needs to be a way for the people already here to become citizens."
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    • +6 +6 0 John Brown Jan. 29, 2012
      ""The border" includes major USA airports as many illegal aliens arrive here from continents other than "the Americas" as tourists, students and international workers and never return to their country of origin. "The border" also includes the Canadian border which is very popular as the crossing point for many individuals who attained Canadian residency from other continents in order to eventually arrive in the USA. The issue is much larger than anyone can estimate but and the wasteful cost of closing just a small "border" will better be use to assist elderly USA citizens like me to pay for my medications and food as I have worked and paid taxes all my life. The problem is NOT that we don't have enough money; the problem is that we waste our money inefficiently. How about the millions of USA born individuals who choose not to work and spend their days using drugs and watching TV while their welfare and SSI checks (millions are not really disabled but we don't have enough money in the budget to hire enough people to monitor the claims) keep on pouring in their pockets, often monitored by their fancy "smart phones". Maybe they are the "smart" USA citizens, not like us fools that worked and contribute to find ourselves in poor."
    • +2 +4 -2 megan Jan. 13, 2012
      "The border definitely needs to be sealed and everyone currently in the United States should be granted citizenship, illegal or not. Why should we try and make it so people from other countries DON'T want to come here? Why should we try and discourage them if they want to become legal citizens of the United States? We're trying to stop ILLEGAL immigration not immigration all together. I totally agree that the border should be sealed and that the people here should become citizens."
    • -4 +2 -6 Karl Nov. 1, 2013
      "These people are CRIMINALS hence the worl ILLEGAL. These people should be fingerprinted then deported and NEVER allowed to return. EVER."
    • -13 +3 -16 Seth Dec. 15, 2011
      "Yes, the border does need to be sealed up. They need to put 40 feet of conrete in the ground to keep them from digging holes. A fence 12 feet high with no footholds. And permission to shoot at illegals trying to cross into America. That is the only way they will not want to come here."
    • -17 +5 -22 WVHandyMan100 Aug. 3, 2011
      "The border needs to be sealed by whatever means. If that means a shoot to kill so be it. I have had it with people crossing and thinking they have the same rights as me. After sealing the border then apply employer sanctions and ship their asses back."
  • +10 +91 -81 miguel Apr. 20, 2012
    "im an illegal immigrant in high school and im on the verge of dropping out becuase i dont have a blue piece of paper with digits and it limits my limits of getting into college I been living in the united states my entire life my parents brought me over when i was six months i honestly dont think its my fault I only hoped that they passed the Deam Act so i would have a better chance to get into college..."
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    • +13 +13 0 sdgfh Jan. 18, 2013
      "DO NOT DROP OUT!!!!!"
    • +3 +4 -1 Leela Biswa Apr. 4, 2014
      "its hard to entitled as illegal immigrants but u r still in high school right now. even though you might hav lots of difficulties don't drop out. your parents might have a lots of hope and dream upon you. I am also an immigrants from different counry. even now my parent doesn't really know about American laws and society but I am their pillars. I hope you will finish up ur study and fulfill your dreams. I strongly support a dream act. GUD LUCK"
    • +1 +2 -1 denise Feb. 2, 2017
      "same here i feel you im a 3.9 gpa student playing 3 varsity sports and working illegally without even being able to drive anywhere im basically working hard for no reason"
    • 0 0 0 Mexican Mar. 20, 2017
      "I hope so too"
    • 0 +4 -4 Ramona Moreno May. 4, 2014
      "You should be a legal citizen to be entitled to anything. There are immigrants here legally who can't get what you want. I've been living here my whole life too, and struggling to pay my bills, since they tax me to death to pay for my healthcare so illegals can get what they want. If I went to your country, how would I get treated? Would I get the same treatment as you? I think not."
  • +8 +30 -22 Stephanie Oct. 19, 2016
    "I think they should be allowed because how do people know who is bad or not? Why would 'illegal aliens' come to the U.S. to do bad things when we live in a society who can catch the 'bad guys' quickly? Take into account the case of the Chelsea street bombing. They caught the culprit the next day and he was a citizen. All the immigrants want is a place where they can have more opportunities they could not have in their home country. They want to be part of this harmonic community in the U.S. When people say 'illegal aliens', they mostly mean the Latinos. But in World War II, alone, as many as 500,000 Latinos, mostly Mexican Americans, participated in the U.S. military. Mexican Americans have won 13 Congressional Medal of Honor awards, the highest of any American ethnic group. This is why I believe that the government should allow immigrants who are here illegally to become U.S. citizens. Even though I am a 7th grade student, I have strong opinions on this issue. I want to have a country with opportunities. I want to have a country that has culture spread far and wide and have fairness among all."
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    • -1 0 -1 Alec Jan. 11, 2017
      "Wrong, wrong, wrong. Out of the roughly 3,400 Congressional Medal winners, there have been 34(not 13) Latinos, and a few less Mexican Americans. Also, given the almost all-white Civil War and the racial bias against latinos, there is no reason Mexican Americans should win the MOST Congressional Medal of honor awards. Adding on, around 7.5% of illegals should be deported for crimes. Plus, there is a difference between Latinos and illegals. On one hand, you have responsible, legal immigrants from countries like Cuba, Mexico, and Central America. On the other hand, you have low-skill, welfare-requiring workers who skip the line and break the law. By definition, all illegal immigrants have done a bad thing, as they have illegally entered/stayed in the country."
  • +4 +13 -9 Jennifer barber Dec. 14, 2016
    "well most people in their countries have nothing and come to other countries to educate their self. they come to other countries to give them self a better life. the united states was founded by foreigners. why should we make them do something that is hard to do. we should lower the standers for citzen papers. people come here because america is already great. why is donald trump trying to so called make it great again. it has always been great for many years and decades people have come to america to better them self. they come here to help their cuntries solve hunger and clothing and sleeping arangments"
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    • +1 +1 0 Worried Jan. 11, 2017
      "First of all, your spelling of countries should be considered profanity. Secondly, the United States was founded by legal immigrants, not illegals. Finally, if we could let all the immigrants in the country and not suffer for it, we would. However, we have a line and legal process that ensures we get immigrants who contribute to the country. You may not be feeling the consequences of this yet as you are but a child, but people with higher education often have the burden of paying more taxes for illegals.

      You think America is great? Tell that to the millions of white, hard-working people in the Rust Belt who are out of jobs. Tell that to the coal worker down the block who was laid off. Would you rather a legal citizen have a job, or an illegal immigrant?"
  • +4 +26 -22 Aynjel Lynn Esparza Apr. 26, 2016
    "I say yeah because if you don't allow illegal immigration it will break a lot of families apart and then we lose our family members"
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    • 0 0 0 Brenda Jun. 26, 2017
      "Are you kidding everyone? Many illegal aliens separated themselves from their families in their first arrivals. Some made many deliberate decision to have children in the hope that they will not be deported because of their citizens children. I think the 14th amendment should be litigated to the supreme court or the Senate should write exception to it. All illegal aliens in the country should go home and take all family members with them."
    • 0 0 0 Mexican Mar. 20, 2017
      "Amen"
    • -2 +2 -4 Dale Jul. 1, 2016
      "So.. By that logic, if I commit a crime like say.. Burglary.. I shouldn't go to jail because "it would break apart my family"... And my daughter wouldn't have her father...

      Its the same thing. And I'm sorry but it's also a perfect example of the sense of self important entitlement illegals assume or demand..
      . nay.. Demand"
    • -4 0 -4 amelia gorjan Apr. 28, 2016
      "i agree"
  • +3 +7 -4 Anonymous Mar. 19, 2017
    "Even if there are legal immigrants, illegal immigrants still have to work hard, so it's not like they are completely being cheated out of the process, but there are difficult ways to become legal, and that should be an easier option even if they originally started from somewhere else."
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  • +2 +2 0 Logan Jun. 1, 2017
    "I think the illegal immigrants should get to stay because how people who disapprove of illegal immigrants say things like how they don't deserve to stay but its like the government saying your family can't stay and its unfair."
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  • +2 +3 -1 Anonymous 66 May. 11, 2017
    "Yes the government should allow immigrants who are here illegally to become US Citizens. These immigrants are coming here to have more opportunities than they had in their home country. We should give these illegal immigrants a chance to become a U.S. citizen. This will also help our economy by getting a better education than their parents and they will offer a better life for the family."
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  • +2 +4 -2 :3 May. 4, 2017
    "WE are all immigrants if you think about because when they found U.S they immigrants......the real citizens are the people who were there already ..."
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  • +2 +6 -4 Richard May. 2, 2017
    "Yes we should allow immigrants to come in because if we don't then precious resources are thrown away and more jobs lost"
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  • +2 +13 -11 A REAL MEXICAN Mar. 7, 2017
    "it's just not Mexicans, I seen Americans do worse things than we Mexican do"
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  • +2 +10 -8 Shaunae Cloud Feb. 7, 2017
    "I believe they should be able to do what any American citizens can do they have rights too not just American Citizens. I thought Us american Citizens were not to discriminate any race or color"
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    • +1 +1 0 Logan Jun. 2, 2017
      "your right they say that but there acting like that's not true."
  • +2 +15 -13 yoselin 12 year old Jan. 19, 2017
    "illegal immigrants came to the United States to work hard to have a future and help their family."
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    • 0 0 0 = ) Mar. 7, 2017
      "that's right"
  • +1 +1 0 Logan Jun. 2, 2017
    "Illegal immigrants are just trying to get away from problems in there country so why can't they come here?"
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  • +1 +5 -4 eric v. Mar. 29, 2017
    "immigrants are just here to provide for the family and make enough to survive"
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  • +1 +16 -15 Rob Kramarz Sep. 3, 2016
    "It's clear that a pathway to citizenship (over say a 5 year period and requiring English literacy) must be provided to illegal immigrants, if for no other reason that it's better for the economy, and it's also clear that those unwilling to enroll in this program to gain citizenship must be deported. There should be no grey area. This simplicity and firmness removes the moral hazard of an amnesty. It's also clear that for the same reason the border must be physically reinforced and the border patrol strengthened so that this amnesty policy, which is unfair to those who have followed the law, never has to be undertaken again. It may be a lot to ask, but it would also help if quotas for immigration be eliminated, understanding that immigration of able-bodied and able-minded individuals are beneficial for this country, the world's only nation of immigrants. For the record, I'm not a Democrat but I'm also unconcerned about immigrants being more likely to vote Democrat, so long as quotas are eliminated (or greatly increased) from Asia and Europe as well as Latin America and Africa."
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  • +1 +16 -15 Sandy Jun. 13, 2016
    "I understand the process is a long one to become a citizen, but many immigrants have been living in the US for a long time, if not almost their whole. Many of these people are bright students who have worked hard in their school career and want to make a change or a difference in the US by making their family's lives better and other people's lives better. I think now is the time to make changes and allow those legal immigrants to gain citizenship and those who have living here for years to get in the now of the process."
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    • +1 +1 0 Dude, learn Jan. 11, 2017
      "Most are not bright students. Most are dumb. Uneducated."
  • 0 +12 -12 Unknown Feb. 1, 2017
    "Some of them are on the run from somewhere or they want a better life for them and their family's. Think about it what if that was you what would you do if that was you, how would you feel if the state wouldn't let you get a better job to support your family's."
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  • -1 +10 -11 Anonymous Feb. 27, 2017
    "Everyone of those immigrants have rights just like any American and you guys might not know what has happened to there country that they need to escape it or they look for a better life for there kids and family put yourself in there shoes imagine your own kids suffering. Not having food shoes ,clothes to wear you would want something better for them so they wouldn't get laughed at so yes they should have just the same right as any other American they are humans not animals!"
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  • -1 +13 -14 Shea Aug. 15, 2016
    "I believe that the states that have illegal immigration should offer amnesty for documentation purposes and also ask that they pay a $500 per person & $200 for children over the course of a year with$1,200 per family max. 11 million immigrants X $200-500 that's $2-5 billion for each state that has them. Also offer a hourly volunteer basis for people who cannot pay the fee. working for their city and state governments. This would allow them to get their work visa and documentation and give every state that has illegal immigrants a boost of Revenue over that first year and tax revenue after. Using that money in schools, hospitals and areas that are most affected by immigration. Allowing them to have all the rights given to them with a work visa for 7 years. a requirement is made to grow academically and to learn English. I believe if people were given the opportunity to pay a fine and be treated fairly they would take advantage of it support it and encourage others to do the same. This would also helps unemployment in the states affected by immigration because each state could hire and train people to assist with the documentation processes and in training of the immigrants.
    Our country needs the help of our immigrants!"
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  • -2 +5 -7 kim Mar. 30, 2017
    "people have no clue how hard it is to come to america walking days and months with no water, ripped clothing, and etc. immigrants dont just hop around the border and then their done, wtf? they actually have to pass other countrys, the river, the desert non stop day and night"
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  • -2 +3 -5 khan Feb. 26, 2017
    "Yes or give them TIME duration to leaves the country."
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  • -3 +3 -6 jayden Apr. 13, 2017
    "yes our first president was an immigrant"
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    • 0 0 0 Anon E. Muss May. 11, 2017
      "At least he did not violate our laws like illegal immigrants are doing!"
  • -3 +7 -10 Cj A. Feb. 10, 2017
    "They want a better life for their children or families and if people don't understand that then those people shouldn't be U.S. citizens anymore than the immigrants. We don't know their reason for illegally moving to the United States unpapered, but then again, is it any of our business? We should welcome them with open arms and just hope for the best."
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  • -6 +13 -19 Sierra May. 4, 2016
    "Illegal imigration should be legal. I mean I do not understand the big deal. If people from other countries want to come to America then they should. I mean seriously? White people are so racist and it makes me so sick how America is so stupid. Like America is the most racist, sexist, bigotry, religion hating, animal cruel, homophobic country in the world. We should let anyone in our country regardless of history. Because America is the land of new beginings."
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    • +3 +3 0 ruby Feb. 25, 2017
      "you might chg. your mind, Sierra, if you would check out some incidents-ex. A 13 yr. Old girl was riding a bus in Kansas/ she was raped by a 40 yr. Old illegal male.. Also a college age girl was with her parents in San Francisco, CA a man, who had been deported many times, decided to kill this young woman-shot her to death for no reason!! As her parents watched in horror!! The Boston marathon killers were also aliens, they slaughtered 4 people/injured 200 others!! You need to rethink your comments!!"
    • +3 +3 0 Jaris Jun. 16, 2016
      "I appreciate your strong stand, though I am certain if you saw some of the people that want to come into this country, you would quickly rethink your stand. They're not all good, you know. We cannot be naive and think that everyone just wants a new start. And we have a right to protect our rights as well, to protect ourselves. There is no problem sharing what you feel, but remember, there are a lot of people who live here and we can't just put them all under one label or another - or you become one of the racist, sexist, bigotry laden, religion hating, etc, people, that you say we all are. There are ways to share your view that can strengthen us all and help us to be better! We need to strive for that - and I hope you will too!"
  • -7 +7 -14 Anne Onimous Oct. 5, 2016
    "Yes. It would only be fair to give illegal immigrants a chance to become US citizens IF they can pass a background check and pay the penalty fines and do everything a legal immigrant had to do to become a citizen. I understand that there are some hostile immigrants but arent there hostile citizens too? Besides it would be very difficult to send all these people back and tear them away from their families. Imagine what the children of these immigrants have to go through. Arent we supposed to do everything we can for the children as well?"
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  • -7 +13 -20 tristen maciel Aug. 25, 2016
    "yes i think the immigrants should have a chance to become citizens but if they disobey they will have major consequences."
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  • -7 +58 -65 Gracie Mar. 22, 2012
    "You can't choose your ethnicity, or where you're born. You can't help your own country's lack of rights. What would you, an already-American citizen do, if you were in a different position? Chances are you'd do whatever you can to provide for a family and make a living, to live the best you can. And if it involves breaking a law, well, you have to sacrifice, it's one or the other. Us Americans - there are a million other laws that are being broken at this moment and we choose to pick the most helpless people with no other choice to pick on. Besides, once the illegal immigrants can be made legal, you won't have to pay their hospital taxes. Economy will get better; there will be people to do the jobs no one wants to."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Gracie Apr. 7, 2012
      "Savannah - No, they aren't being forced to, but for some, it's their only chance for a better life. I know secondhand, that once in a line of people applying for citizenship, a man from a tiny country in Africa was denied citizenship because he had no documentation of his birth certificate. He said it was because in his country, there was no paper. No paper. The lady at the counter told him he needed to go back to Africa and get some documentation before he could even go to the next stage of application. Now assuming he had no paper in that country, how was he supposed to even pay for plane tickets to and from Africa? It's either getting what you want and breaking the law, or living in terrible conditions you don't believe in for the sake of something else you don't believe in."
    • -1 0 -1 Michael Feb. 21, 2013
      "I can not think of one thing that helps our economy. Tax evasion does not help either by employers on illegals. Ask yourself what is the effect on you health insurance cost and many other hidden cost being paid for by raising our national debt. Minimum wage or the cost of sweet potatoes is another discussion and that stuff is broken. The direct job of the president is the protection of our borders. It"s not OK for our executive branch to not do its job. I feel that allowing this to continue is no different than slavery. Think about that the next time you like the idea of cheep labor, they don't feel they have any other choice. The laws and ideology needs to change. But you have to enforce the laws we have first. What happens we change the laws and illegals that don't want that change just keep coming. We can't understand why anyone would not want to be a citizen of our wonderful country. But that is just not reality. Don't forget about the people making money transporting and taking money from these poor people comparable to slaves. We have to be able to enforce our laws no matter how we change them. So lets start there."
    • -3 0 -3 Savannah Mar. 27, 2012
      "Yes, US citizens have a hard time seeing from an illegal immigrant's point of view. However, if I were in this particular situation, I would do the lawful thing and apply for citizenship. These people are not forced to break the law and enter the country illegally. Yes, I agree that the process of gaining citizenship is tough and long but that doesn't give immigrants the right to come to the US illegally. There are plenty of citizens in America today that have gone through the citizenship process and received it. So I ask you, why can't the other 12 million immigrants do the same thing? As I said before, I know it is a tough thing to gain ans a long process to go through but people are doing it all the time. I do believe the system should be reformed as to speed up the citizenship process while still being strict enough so not just anybody can slip by and receive citizenship. Things such as consistently paying taxes, being an honest worker, and having a clear criminal history should be a few of the criteria. All I'm saying is the people who are con legalizing illegal immigrants aren't going after "the most helpless people with no other choice" because the fact is they do have a choice and they're tired of them breaking the law."
  • -8 +8 -16 modeling_is_life May. 12, 2016
    "legalizing immigration is way better here in the U.S. because if all the immigration get deported our economy is going to start going way low because us immigrants come here to this country for a better future and to make more money because in our country isn't that much jobs and good money wage and all the people that are american don't do the job we do they just like be lazy butts sitting on the couch because the job is way to hard for them"
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  • -8 +15 -23 Jocelin Feb. 18, 2014
    "There many different solutions to stop illegal immigration in general, if the U.S. takes the rights steps. The illegal immigrants already living in the U.S. should be able to receive legal papers especially if they have been living here for quite some time and have minimum criminal record. The best option right now is to give undocumented migrants some sort of permit like the DREAM ACT. The United States will definitely benefit from this, especially through economical means."
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  • -8 +43 -51 Nadine Aug. 3, 2011
    "Everyone seems to be so focused on the Mexican border. They are oblivious to all the other immigrants coming in from South-America and the world over. My solution for a quick fix in the economy is to charge illegal aliens a fee and those who came and over-stayed their visas a fine of $10.000 and put them on the road to citizenship. There will be a rise in home buyers, automobiles, everyone going back to visit native land boosts the airlines, colleges, the list goes on. I can see the circulation of the money they earn here in an economy that desperately needs it. There are so many of them, do the math. Ask yourselves what are they doing that is so horrible that we want to eradicate them? Think people. Think!!!! There is strength in numbers. Let's give this a shot because surely the ones already here are not going anywhere."
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    • +4 +4 0 jeniffer garcia Jan. 24, 2012
      "This would not exactly work because people come to america to have a better chance and find jobs. I some parts of latin america people get cents a day. How would they pay 10,000 dollars to get into the U.S. Even the 10,000 fee wouldn't guarantee a job."
  • -9 +23 -32 Angie Jan. 12, 2013
    "I believe that the people is already here and the ones that are hard workers they shuld stay here to give better life to their families. is easy to judge the undocumented people that came to America fallowing the American dream. we a lot of people not understand that a lot of those people have a families to feed, they come here to have better life. if they are good workers and they have no criminal record, they should stay here legally."
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  • -9 +18 -27 GeM <3 Aug. 6, 2012
    "Yes, i think legalization is a good idea. We should create a system that allows the to pay a yearly fee (somewhat like the one to renew your liscense plates) for a liscense that would specifically describe them and specify that they're immigrants. This way these peolpe can work, pay taxes, and help the economy a bit. They would also leave the country at their own accord knowing that they can come back, because most don't leave due to the fear of not being able to come back if needed. Also, there'll be more money flow into U.S.A. from people buying product here to sell there. It now becomes a win, win situation. ;)"
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    • +2 +2 0 Reina May. 13, 2014
      "They will never agree to that! They're already breaking laws, and will continue to do so."
  • -9 +34 -43 kevin Apr. 20, 2012
    "yes because just as humans we need to realize denying someone rights is wrong where is the ever accepting america ? the melting pot? wb the europeans they came here ik that was a long time ago but u can go suck it congress because people come here to live a good life all ur doing is panting fear racism and thos who are racist should be placed some where else america wont be changed as a matter of fact people should start accepting it and ask ur neighbors and ask the people around u immigrants basically people who say no just dont know the every day struggle people born in america take everything for granted woop woop mcl"
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  • -9 +31 -40 Michele Mar. 3, 2012
    "Yes!!!! For the illigal immergrants who come over to better their life! Why are people so hard on them. Everyone makes Mistakes. And the ones who have familes here with Citizens, while there here their supporting them. and when their the deported it causes the family hardship which they inturn cause them to turn to the goverment for assitiants. which raises the taxes more. WHY ARNT we giving them an oppertuity to do it right and Support their family. Why Dont we offer them A GREEN CARD and Have them pay an Additional FEE of like $2000.00 for them comming illgal. We are giving them an oppurnity to be part of this counrty and also helping the U.S Economy. Its A WIN. WIN!!!!!!"
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    • -2 0 -2 Reina May. 6, 2014
      "You should not reward them for breaking the law. They're not going to want to pay the fee to become legal."
  • -9 +41 -50 Trevor R Feb. 1, 2012
    "These immigrants are supporting our economy by taking jobs that nobody wants! Americans wont be satisfied or sustained by being paid one dollar an hour reapig wheat, or farming corn. Americans would protest for more rights as an employed citizen, and therefore, the prices of things we take for granted are skyrocketing, which is more moeny out of the farmeres pockets. Immigration supports, people!"
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    • -2 +1 -3 Lizzy Aug. 20, 2012
      "Nonsense. Immigrants do not support our economy to the extent you might think. I worked on my parents farm for free year after year. We never employed illegals or immigrant workers. All of us U.S. born pitched in and did the work. Where I live now, there are no farms so guess what illegal aliens do to the wages here? Did you guess drive them down? Did you also guess they drive my taxes up because of all the government programs and subsidies for them? Who do you think pays for teaching their multiple children English or all the bilingual signs or their free healthcare, groceries etc. Where do you think the income they earn goes? It is not pumped back into local economies. It is sent back to Mexico to support their families. Illegal immigrants support the economy by doing work Americans do not want is a fallacy."
  • -10 +7 -17 Gerald Jul. 26, 2016
    "I think that illegal immigrants should be allowed until they have enough money to start a new life somewhere else in the world."
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  • -10 +13 -23 Adriana T. Nov. 17, 2014
    "yes! people don't understand that we are not here to do harm just to make a living. They come up with the worst names to give us and they think they can get rid of us in a second. We aren't costing America anything."
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  • -10 +39 -49 Andy Jun. 1, 2011
    "if we "legalize illegal aliens" we can make more than one group of people happy we can help ourselves by keeping at least 5% of our american work force here and we can keep the mexicans happy by allowing them to keep their jobs"
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    • +4 +6 -2 Carli Aug. 7, 2011
      "Don't forget about all the illegal immigrants from Iran, Pakistan..etc....."
    • +3 +6 -3 nancy Jul. 20, 2011
      "let me remind you that they are not only mexicans. yes, the vast majority are but not all"
  • -12 +5 -17 Robert C. Feb. 5, 2015
    "I feel there is a solution for legalization of illegals already here. Have them register for 4 years in some sort of service to the US people, Choices of assisting in national or state parks, roads infrastructure, or military service in combat arms units. As far as military service, there is a precident for bi-lingual units. The Canadian army has French speaking units. They speak English to coordinate with other units but French in their internal operations. There would be no reason we could not establish say an armored cavalry regiment that could be trained in Spanish, lead in Spanish as long as leaders are bi-lingual. Regardless of the type of service, the Govt could teach English and job skills. There are jobs and enough space in the US for these extra citizens let's get them paying taxes, being productive in the eyes of the rest of us."
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  • -12 +9 -21 Bruce Basta Feb. 28, 2014
    "The topic that never comes up in this debate ---is that you have to have $10,000 dollars per person to legally become a citizen. When the average wage per person in Mexico is $16 a day --- it makes it difficult , if not impossible to come up with that kind of money. Ask yourself a question ---- can you come up with 10 grand to stay in the US if some came to your door. An immigrant from Canada said the money isn't to pay your way in --- but to show that you will not be a ward of the state. We would be better off to legalize them so they can start paying taxes."
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    • -1 0 -1 anonymous May. 4, 2014
      "Then why don't they stay in their country? We have enough problems here. Our economy is in a shambles because of them, and they should be allowed to stay here?"
  • -12 +17 -29 alex Feb. 7, 2013
    "in many ways "aliens" should be legislated b/c our economy is already horrible it is and theirs no way some aliens in America will destroy our country and even so a child who was born here can be deported to a country that they don't even know. what i think is that if some one has given birth in the us that child is a us citizen and the parent(s) would haft to sign a agreement to stay in the us with there child"
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  • -12 +27 -39 Don Crocetti Jan. 26, 2012
    "Only if done selectively and in parallel with legislation that enhances existing immigration laws, policies, strategies, and programs. This must be a one-time amnesty; one that only accords temporary residence with employment privileges and registration, security clearance, and maintainance of status requirements. With regard to qualifying criteria, empower the people (citizens of this Country) to decide this via individual state public referendums. Perhaps options could be drafted by a bipartisan congressional committee. To obtain permanent residence, these temporary residents would have to qualify under existing laws like other law abiding people. Further, if they violate conditions of temporatry stay, they should be subject to administrative (expeditous) removal; no formal, time-consuming deportation hearing."
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  • -12 +31 -43 Annabel Dec. 12, 2011
    "I'm torn on this issue to be honest. If you legalize illegal aliens, larger groups of people will come across the border(s) seeking refuge, and overwhelming government programs already at rock bottom from a lack of money and man power. At the same time, illegal immigrants are coming across the border because they are in desperate situations and need to get out of their home country. They are human beings and we should welcome them and help them. It's rather complicated. I think one of the best solutions would be to grant work visas to illegal immigrants so that they can work here legally, get paid by their boss and pax taxes without having to make up a social security number or steal one. A large portion of their taxes would go directly to the programs programs that would help them. Thus, I guess I am pro- legalization, but more pro- work visas."
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    • 0 +1 -1 bjacmac May. 24, 2013
      "You are forgetting that the U.S. is a sovereign country and illegal aliens violate our authority to enforce those laws. Illegals then go on to work with fraudulent ID, and commit a myriad of other crimes. Your loyalty goes to your country first. It is up to American citizens to see to it that the Constitution is upheld and to remember that our country is governed by the rule of law. Illegals should stay in their own countries and make them better and not take advantage of ours."
  • -12 +32 -44 Duy Jun. 9, 2011
    "It is the government fault in poorly enforcing the border. Now that they are already in the country, if they haven't committed any crime then there should be legalization opportunities. It is just wrong to deport anyone. At the same time, the border enforcement should improve."
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    • +4 +8 -4 Aaron Jun. 10, 2011
      "I see, so according to you, its OUR fault they here??? The law is expected to be ignored? I suppose, according to your logic then we are in our rights to go down to their country and break laws down in Guatemala or Mexico, then, and not expect any fines or jail time or deportation. They broke the law the minute they crossed the border illegally and according to you they should be rewarded with legalized citizenship? Do I have your logic right??? Wow."
  • -13 +8 -21 Lorenzo Huerta Feb. 18, 2015
    "It's absolutely hilarious when Americans which are by the way immigrants themselves to this land argue about the position of foreigners and their eligibility to live in the United States. The argument of them stealing people's jobs is simply idiotic. If one who doesn't know the culture nor the language manages to "steal" your job, you deserve to have it stolen. Americans today complain about having no jobs yet illegal immigrants manage to make it by in a foreign country. This simply demonstrates Americas lack of work ethic and respect for those who have one. Illegal immigrants should be legalized for they are the ones who keep this so called "free" country running."
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  • -13 +28 -41 John Mar. 7, 2012
    "They increase the economy through tax revenue"
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    • +1 +3 -2 bjacmac May. 24, 2013
      "Illegals and many legal immigrants do not earn enough in wages to support themselves. Any increase in tax revenue is eliminated through their use of government programs."
  • -13 +26 -39 maria ayres Aug. 15, 2011
    "In conclusion, I believe that , given the complexity of thisproblem, no firm solution can be made, but the more we inform ourselves about the topic, the better prepared we can be to face it head-on."
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  • -13 +34 -47 Diane Aug. 3, 2011
    "I think the solution to illegal immigration is to make all the illegal aliens citizens and make them have to pay taxes and get ID's and get put through everything the American citizen gets put through on a daily basis. If they came to America to be free, they were wrong. America is a country that has rules, regulations and laws that supports and protectes it's citizens. The immigrants that came here illegally wanted to be Americans, so let them become Americans. If the immigrant came here then they should be willing to work for the country they are living in. Put some money back into the system so it can be here for the future for you grandchildren and great-grandchildren to have!"
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    • +4 +6 -2 jj Oct. 14, 2011
      "they do work hard for america they do jobs "americans" are to lazy to do"
    • +4 +7 -3 sergio Aug. 8, 2011
      "how do you know what you are saying its true the illiegal imagrants are the people who do the most by taking the unwanted jobs. They break their backs trying to survive while trying to protect themselves at the same time.they have probably done more than you could ever do.if you want to talk about struggle put yourself in their position.and as for their grandchildren they can do better."
    • +3 +4 -1 jeinffer garcia Jan. 24, 2012
      "Most are working really hard and some cant because they are illegal and they don't have papers. Most dont come here thinking they could just lay back. Instead they come here find jobs. While most americans dont even try to find a job. More americans should work their butts too. Let americans work ,if they want to be american!!"
  • -13 +40 -53 Helen Rivas May. 31, 2011
    ""Illegal alien" is not civil, denies deny another's humanity. Dealing with the status of 10+million people living in extreme vulnerability will benefit the entire society. The US pulls people in with the promise of jobs, policy has not adjusted. 15 years since increased enforcement, criminalization and punishment became the only adjustment. It has not worked. Let people register, jump through whatever hoops required and become full participants in their communities. This will increase tax revenue, allow police to focus on serious crime and keep families whole. It also would check unscrupulous employers."
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  • -14 +6 -20 Gwen Jan. 22, 2015
    "The benefits of legalization are cultural enrichment. We will be given an opportunity to gain a greater understanding globally of other people. Also, these people want to be an asset, not a liability and often will do menial labor, whereas, many of us are not willing to do so. It is a win-win situation."
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  • -15 +14 -29 Miao Yu Feb. 1, 2013
    "I have to say, I would go against simply legalizing illegal aliens. But, with President Obama's illegal immigration solutions, I would definitely say "Yes". "People here illegally would have to pass national security and criminal background checks, pay taxes and a fine, and learn English in order to qualify for a 'provisional legal status' that would allow them to live and work in the United States before being able to apply for permanent residency (a 'green card'). People with provisional legal status would not be eligible for welfare or other federal benefits.", according to President Obama's solutions, I can not see anything that harms America and its citizens. Nevertheless, it does not mean US would legalize illegal immigration endlessly. If we pay attention to President Obama's plan, we notice that US would "improving border security, streamlining legal immigration, and cracking down on employers hiring undocumented workers" at the same time."
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    • 0 0 0 Rob Kramarz Sep. 3, 2016
      "This person has a well-balanced, unemotional, non-partisan solution (similar to mine). I go further and require illegals enroll in a pathway to citizenship if they want to remain here, but that is less important than a balanced and rational approach in which the border is strengthened at the same time as a rational amnesty program is created, so that no future amnesty will ever be needed. At the same time, it's also key to increase or eliminate quotas, so that additional immigration from Asia and Europe balance immigration from Latin America."
  • -16 +7 -23 roy Aug. 29, 2015
    "thats a real solution"
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    • +1 +1 0 . Mar. 7, 2017
      "you know what else is a real solution ''laziness''"
  • -16 +20 -36 jimmy yo Apr. 23, 2012
    "i agree with steven. Global warming is terrible and we need to stop it by allowing illegal immigration into this country"
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    • +1 +3 -2 tori May. 18, 2012
      "does this make sense people????"
    • -2 0 -2 call me bobby Aug. 13, 2012
      "Please explain, the global masses are very confused"
  • -17 +11 -28 COOL Apr. 16, 2014
    "YES"
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  • -17 +25 -42 Michelle Nov. 8, 2011
    "Protect the border, change the constitution so that illegals can't have automatic citizen babies, enforce e-verify, punish the hell out of the companies/people that employ illegals and let those who have come here and formed families STAY, be legalized and be part of the system in a legal, organized way so the rich can't keep exploiting the poor and vulnerable. Period."
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  • -21 +29 -50 Eva Santerineross Jul. 18, 2011
    "It would seem to me that this is part or racial profiling...and those who are in favor of deportation...are strictly looking at our Latino Undocumented...clearly, there are many who come from Europe....and are not looked upon as an Illegal aliens...only those who come from the Caribbean, South America....and Africa...all others are identified as undocumented....this is so racist....how soon we forget Ms. Emma Lazarus who wrote the inscribed poem that sits at the feet of our Statue of Liberty..."Give me your tired, your poor, your hiddled masses yearning to breath free." is just part of the poem...I wonder how people simply forget that every American's Ancestors were IMMIGRANTS? and if we ae to build a Beloved Communiy where all are welcome...how will we start with all the angst about to prevent such a promise. Finally...what are you teaching your children across teh board? Your history is proof that all who came were Immigrants...your Constitution , take a moment in time to read all the Amendments to understand Who We Are? but then again...who truly follows its dictate? Think People...who are you? where have you come from? and why are we still so devided?"
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    • +1 +1 0 bjacmac May. 24, 2013
      "All foreigners who are here illegally are illegal aliens, period. It doesn't matter where they are from. The poem by Emma Lazarus does not represent U.S. immigration policy. It was a poem that won a contest to raise funds to build the base of the Statue of Liberty. I suggest that you do some thinking about what the U.S. is, which is a country governed by the rule of law. Illegal aliens violate our laws which is what the bedrock that this country was built on. We don't owe foreign criminals anything but deportation back to where they came from."
  • -70 +22 -92 Steven Sep. 19, 2011
    "Doesn't everyone realize that Global Warming is the most important issue in this country now? Any immigration that is legal or illegal increases global warming. How much global warming we are going to allow depends upon how much control we have of our borders. Legal immigration will slow global warming."
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    • +6 +9 -3 Joseph Jan. 8, 2015
      "How does immagrarion increase climate change"

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  • +49 +120 -71 Anonymous Oct. 19, 2013
    "My family immigrated to the United States legally and spent a lot of money, was interviewed, and took a test to be naturalized. I don't think it's fair to give to legalize immigrants who moved into this country illegally."
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    • +3 +6 -3 aynjel Apr. 26, 2016
      "well what if people don't have that money and were tortured in Mexico im sorry and i know its your opinion but i dont agree with you at all"
    • +3 +7 -4 Reina May. 5, 2014
      "So did my family, and I totally agree with you. Why should they get rewarded for doing something illegal?"
    • +1 +1 0 anonymous Apr. 18, 2017
      "what if their situation is desperate? I think that people with no criminal record should be allowed to pass without as much testing"
    • 0 0 0 Brenda Jun. 26, 2017
      "Welcome! it means a lot when families come here the right way, it means you have value in yourself and the country you are adopting."
    • -1 +1 -2 someone Feb. 17, 2017
      "yes but these people probably didn't have any money to all of that."
    • -2 +2 -4 Food For Thought Jan. 25, 2017
      ""spent a lot of money" demonstrates that you have greater resources than others. Part of of the experience of poverty is lacking resources like money and accessing those agencies/bureaucracy that allows and facilitates your immigration process. Depending on the country that you derive from and the the category you are part of makes a significant difference in the placement of your immigration process. For example high tech skill worker vs manual/physical labor worker. In order to become a high tech skill you must already have certain resources available to pay for education. A manual laborer does not and thus, it is not always possible to wait and save money for the immigration process, otherwise they will stay in their own country. A broken immigration system has created disparities. The laws must change to become more efficient instead of waiting over 10 years for paperwork if you derived from particular countries. A basic understanding of the immigration process will show people that there is no one line that people are part of, but a web of categories and subcategories based on family, education, and nationality."
    • -3 0 -3 paul Mar. 13, 2017
      "yes I agree with you"
  • +33 +137 -104 HPBelcher Jul. 28, 2011
    "Maybe not...but the immigrate population has proven to be a vital need in today's America. The issue is money...People who are in this country today through other than legal means, should have two things done...#1. if they have been here for a period of time, and have broken no in country laws...should be issued what I call ISS cards...Immagrant Social Security Cards...these cards would not allow immigrants to recieve social security, but would be a way to allow taxation, people who could afford health care to recieve it, drivers licenses...not walfare or hand outs. The country would become wealthier...through culture enrichment, and through taxation. Like it our not people enter this country for an opportunity to do better...and in most cases fill a void in the social structure of the USA. ISS allows such an avenue to happen. #2...I believe if you are in this country and have been a non asset, you should be deported without question. This government is looking for ways to cut this to cut that, yet it allows a revenue source to be untapped. Lets stop playing the game...America does not need new slaves, it needs people who are willing to work and make America BETTER."
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    • 0 0 0 Joseph Feb. 23, 2017
      "A majority of undocumented immigrants do pay taxes though, around $11.64 B a year."
    • 0 +7 -7 jeniffer garcia Jan. 24, 2012
      "We need more people like you in the government!!!! You are so right!"
    • -2 +1 -3 Brad Barefoot Jan. 20, 2014
      "Legal immigration yes, illegal border crossing with a pregnant woman just to get a anchor baby, no. The illegal immigrants has ruined the labor situation. The anchor baby law needs to be stricken, then the whole family/group can be deported intact."
    • -4 0 -4 treasuredbyjulian Sep. 2, 2014
      "I like your idea !"
  • +29 +86 -57 Immigrant Nov. 14, 2012
    "i am legal immigrant; if illegal immigrant cut's in line that will be a disappointment for those all legal immigrants who been waiting in line."
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    • 0 +1 -1 denise Feb. 2, 2017
      "maybe those illegal immigrants deserve it better then legal ones"
  • +24 +51 -27 Janet Nov. 10, 2013
    "In 1986 when President Reagan signed the Immigration Reform & Control Act (IRCA) (also known as the Simpson-Mazolli Act), it legalized 2.7 million illegal aliens between 1986 - 1996. They paid fees which were supposed to fund the implementation of IRCA. The government as usually diverted the money and it ended up costing the American taxpayer $78.7 billion. This time around another amnesty will legalize 30 million. The 11 million that is thrown around was the number of illegal aliens in this country in 2006. This will not solve the solution of cheap labor that the business community thrives on. Once the illegals are legal, they will entitled to the same wages, benefits, etc. that any other legal resident will be entitled to. Everything that's in the proposed legislation including guest worker program, pathway to citizenship, provision to learn English, knowledge of civics, criminal background check, medical check, bio-metric identification was already part of IRCA. the only thing we got in 1986 was amnesty and that's all we'll get this time."
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  • +22 +56 -34 Gwen Jan. 22, 2015
    "The problem that we are having is due to not strengthening our borders at the entry points and then not being diligent in routing out illegals. Persons should not have the ability to just stroll in to the United States without being properly vetted. Some persons have been found to be of a criminal element and we already have a burgeoning drug problem and some of these illegals, not all, are suspect. My heart goes out to the children who recently left their country due to some horrible conditions, but, we have to take care of those of us here who are still struggling with job losses and other issues. Charity begins at home!"
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    • 0 0 0 Mexican Mar. 20, 2017
      "I understand what your saying its just we are poor at Mexico and the the city is sinking slowly. Every year I have been here my family has been healthy and strong. Please don't side with the government. Think about what the children will be going through. If you do not see what I am saying I pray that God may bless you and open your eyes. My family needs you. Some of us mexican's have a good record in the United States at least deport those who are bad."
  • +12 +53 -41 Karen Peel Oct. 17, 2012
    "Not deporting Illegals and securing our borders to stop Illegals is hurting America. The only ones it helps is the businesses that hire,seek out,protect and pay illegals below minimum wage so they do not have to pay legal Americans minimum wages. Allowing Illegals to stay has been crippling legal Americans in their pursuit of the American dream. How many unemployed American Families have to scream for help and fairness. From those elected to enforce our Country's LAWS? Our Families main wage earner can no longer work as a labor hand on Construction sites because everywhere you go to seek employment throughout the USA those jobsites have hired Illegals that are working the jobs we need to pursue our born LEGAL right to the AMERICAN DREAM."
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    • +2 +4 -2 Bob Mar. 27, 2014
      "Let me get this straight, you think America's vision of the American dream is working a shitty, manual labor, minimum wage job? I'm sorry but the american families that are screaming for help and fairness are collecting unemployment, making 10x the amount of an illegal immigrant for sitting at home watching TV playing on their i-phone..."
    • +1 +1 0 Joseph Feb. 23, 2017
      "What you're saying is competition in jobs is unfair and the people who are born here are entitled to good paying jobs in a field that you don't need education to work in. Makes sense."
    • 0 0 0 Zaddy The Great May. 9, 2017
      "Taking your jobs? I want to see a REAL AMERICAN with a degree picking strawberries out in the fields for minimum wage. Illegal immigrants are the back bone of this country and with out them this country is nothing. Immigrants can't take higher paid jobs because they lack the qualifications. So if you say immigrants take your "jobs" then maybe you are just an unqualified individual."
    • 0 +1 -1 Brad Barefoot Jan. 20, 2014
      "Anchor Babies, repealing this law and setting the in-effect date back 30 years is needed ... today. Without an anchor baby the whole family/group can be deported ... no more splitting up the family, they all go."
  • +11 +32 -21 Prashant Feb. 16, 2015
    "Let me start by saying, I am a legal immigrant in the U.S. I have been a student and gone through my own share of immigration harassment. I have read key comments here. If the government was capable of making illegal immigrants pay fines, taxes and come forth with criminal background, then why it is not done yet? We all know that this country is made by immigrants and no one can deny if they know the history well. As far as breaking the law is concerned no one should be allowed to stay. It will send a clear signal. At the same time it will establish a metric. Closing a border is best way to remain at a constant level. I do agree with the idea of ISS card. The burden of combating with illegal immigrants has created a level of frustration with the government and that has affected in a most negative manner to Legal immigrants.

    Taxes and votes are easy to count and win with particularistic measures like 'amnesty'. Real losers are the law abiding tax payers."
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  • +8 +34 -26 [email protected] Jan. 31, 2015
    "No! sets a bad precedent as it relate to the rule of law. I got a speeding ticket so I purport that the law be changed. Common, give me a break."
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    • 0 +3 -3 ?ANS Feb. 26, 2016
      "getting a speeding ticket is not a valid reason to disagree"
  • +7 +37 -30 RMHT2 Feb. 13, 2013
    "Rewarding illegal immigrants for illegally gaining access to our country is possibly the most backward practice we can do as a country. Deportation is not a good solution, but neither is giving citizenship to immigrants that are illegally gaining access to america and being undocumented within our borders. They are also taking jobs away from hardworking americans. Giving illegals citizenry is not the solution, coming into america undocumented is a crime that needs to be addressed."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Reina May. 4, 2014
      "Everyone is saying illegals don't get Medicaid or food stamps or anything, yet if they have anchor babies, doesn't that automatically qualify them for benefits? Not to mention how much more money is being wasted on the parents not wanting to learn English."
  • +5 +26 -21 Davin Sep. 8, 2014
    "This is a hard question to answer for so many different reasons. Personally I feel bad for these people that have crossed the border to the poverty and crime in Mexico. Many of the people are just trying to help there families. There has to be an easier way to allow the hard working people that don't have any criminal charges to stay here. The idea legalization is too broad and would cost too much money, it's innefcient and causes just too many problems. I don't believe that these people should be classified as criminals because we made our immigration system too complicated for these people to get in our country. People say that our immigration is easier than a lot of other countries but really my response to that is we are America we are not like a lot of other countries."
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    • 0 0 0 Logan Jun. 2, 2017
      "Your right it is hard to answer but they should get to stay because there people too they should have the right to be here."
  • +3 +10 -7 immigrant Feb. 20, 2017
    "I am an immigrant. I followed all the rules to enter US. I worked very hard to fulfill my American dream. I have a wonderful family with three grown up children who are all college graduated without ever received any public assistants even although I earned $4.25 an hour for living 32 years ago. I believe I am responsible for raising my children if I decide to have them. For the illegal immigrants, it seems to have children in US that their children are tokens to receive free meals, housing, medicare, pay no tax and send money out of US. They yield at us it is their rights! More horrific acts, they dumped their children at our border letting strangers to care them without parental loves. You can see those children are well groom and no signs of malnutrition. They take advantage of kindness of American people. But the children will not become healthy individuals without loving care of their parent! We have to stop illegal immigrants by all means. There are very clear boundaries between legal and illegal immigrants: Respect the laws and responsibilities of every individual. Some evil politicians try to fool people by erasing the "illegal" They use "immigrants" to mobilize mass to destroy our country for their political gains."
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  • +3 +14 -11 Lenny Sep. 21, 2016
    "My parents are legal immigrants, and they had to go through a long, complicated process to become US citizens, and these...people decide it's fine to skip the entire process and take the jobs the legal citizens need! I'm going to be honest here, legal immigrants want to find a better life for their children in America, and in order to afford college they need a job, even if it's minimum wage! I stand by my decision and it disturbs me that some people find this okay..."
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  • +3 +21 -18 linda m Jul. 4, 2014
    "we need to assure that they are receiving no less then mimimum wage and paying taxes so that they are not taking jobs from natural born citizens. We have already given untold amounts of work to foreign countries when companies send their business to india and mexico because they can pay slave wages and those .who will work for pennies on the dollar.. we don't need it here..."
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  • +2 +4 -2 Jude Apr. 27, 2017
    "Illegal Immigrants take jobs that hard working Americans, or legal Immigrants, could've gotten instead. Basically the leftist ideology is like if your in a hot dog line and you skip all the way to the front. The left says you can stay, despite the law abiding man being disadvantaged for no reason. See? It doesn't make sense."
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  • +1 +2 -1 School Student Apr. 28, 2017
    "I have been studying Illegal Immigration for a bit of time now. What conclusion have I come to you may ask. The first thing is that Illegal Immigration is generally not a good thing. There are a few pros to illegal immigration, but the cons outway the pros by a mile! Some may topics for why Illegal Immigration isn't good for the US is Safety. The country is not MORE safe with more immigrants coming illegally. If you didn't know, coming to the US illegally isn't safe either. Immigrants can't get healthcare, education, or seek help if attacked because of the risk of being found out. Another topic is terrorists, you probably can figure where I am going with this so I don't feel the need to explain it. The last MAIN topic is drain in economy. When immigrants come to the US they normally don't know English, don't have valuable skills, and they force the social and the welfare programs to focus on them instead of more important places that effect the US greater. Some say that it isn't fair for them to be taken out of the country if they haven't been bad, or have been living in the US for many years. This may be so, but it was their choice to come in illegally and they knew the possible consequences. I hope this helped!"
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  • +1 +3 -2 Anonymous Apr. 25, 2017
    "Illegal immigrants broke the law. Federal law shouldn't just be ignored. But, children who have come here, and can find a family to take them in for a few year, should be given access to education. If you are a ward of the the state, that's a major reason that children should be deported. And to combat illegal immigration, current immigration quotas and temporary work visas can be looked at."
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  • +1 +7 -6 Alex Jan. 18, 2017
    "I don't think that granting illegal immigrants citizenship is a good idea, it won't be a source of tax revenue because I would say a large amount of immigrants are probably living in poor conditions, that's why they left their country, and now that they are U.S. citizens they will be entitled to social benefits such as food stamps which need to be paid for somehow, likely by taxpayers. I don't think deporting is the best option either, that would also be expensive. I believe that illegal immigrants can be granted legalization, but not citizenship. They will have access to minimum wage and be able to drive and get legal identification, but won't get social benefits, thus making sure that taxpayers won't be burdened too heavily by this. They might even be able to get citizenship after a certain amount of time, but this process shouldn't be any faster than getting citizenship legally the current way simply because it isn't fair for those that did come here legally and it promotes illegal behavior, immigrants will think, "If I can get away with coming here, what else could I get away with?""
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  • +1 +12 -11 Julia Apr. 15, 2016
    "No. We are in a down economy, with many jobs lost. Illegal Aliens are taking jobs at lower pay rates that Americans should be working at a higher pay rate and paying taxes & social security which Illegal Aliens are not paying. They are also withdrawing Federal benefits that only American citizens should be entitled too. If Illegals are legalized, the border will not be secure and this will allow employers to layoff legalized immigrants and hire the next wave of illegal aliens at a lower pay rate. Thus the problem with illegal aliens entering the country will continue."
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    • 0 0 0 M Mar. 20, 2017
      "Why are you calling us aliens. Whats wrong with you. Have you ever heard of the golden rule. Gosh you people are disrespectful. How would you feel. Yeah I know its what you feel but you should watch yourself next. You never know who is reading and when they get offended dont say anything when they say something to you. Not a threat just telling you the truth."
  • +1 +25 -24 Brad Barefoot Jan. 20, 2014
    "Anchor babies. Why should an illegal immigrant, in the country illegally be allowed to have a child in the US and said child be granted US citizenship? Anyone pursuing an illegal act should not be not have anchor babies, this leads to being able to bring the whole family. No anchor babies will make it easy to deport the whole family."
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  • +1 +35 -34 lwh Apr. 27, 2012
    "lets face it ,illegals are a drain on americans economy,hospitals, schools,social programs ect..all have felt the burden. they are a cheap work force that take american jobs and lower wages. left uncheck, one day will have the numbers and policital power to change america for good"
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    • +2 +2 0 Ryan May. 24, 2012
      "While this is true, because they do not pay taxes to support the benefits which the public provides for them, they are benefiting the economy still by their labors, so they are not by any means a total loss. They only take a small demographic of American jobs, namely those of citizens who did not finish high school, which is an increasingly small demographic. They are only cheap labor, because they are illegals though, if citizenry was granted to them, minimum wage standards would also take effect, and they would no longer be cheap labor. They will soon have greater sway to change American politics....but than who said that was a bad thing?"
    • +1 +1 0 call me bobby Aug. 13, 2012
      "Sure they are a drain, but, if they were legalized they'd pay taxes, and trust me, they would do just that.
      If they pay taxes then the government has more money, if it has more money then it can build more schools, social facilities, hospitals, ect. And just like that they'd cease to be a burden.
      And America would in fact change, as it did when the Irish and Italians came over. It would change, for the better."
  • +1 +45 -44 tilda Feb. 9, 2012
    "NO because it would encourage more illegal immigrants to migrate into the country since they know that they would be legalized after all."
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  • 0 0 0 Brenda Jun. 26, 2017
    "No. Upon their arrival to this country it was to first break a law. How many laws (Federal & local) have they broken during there stay. They should have to return home an apply for approval to enter. We should not be rewarding them with citizenship while at the same time they are willfully breaking our laws."
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  • 0 +17 -17 Philip Brown Feb. 7, 2015
    "The Senate has voted three times to legalize illegal immigrants and we were BARLEY able to stop the legislation in the republican-controlled House of Representatives. If we continue down this same path, we may be able to block them for 2, 5, 10 or even 20 years, but eventually the democrats will regain control over the government and will definitely give them citizenship and voting rights. No amount of protesting that we do will stop it. Many republican congressmen will vote for amnesty also.

    Here is a unique solution that would permanently prevent any future illegal immigration. In exchange for enacting 100 extremely tough immigration enforcement laws that mostly affect future illegal immigrants, we will grant "legal resident" status (but not citizenship) to most current illegal immigrants. The law needs to be a constitutional amendment to ensure that future congresses will not be able to repeal the 100 enforcement laws or water them down. I consider this to be an anti-amnesty bill because it will eventually prevent a lot less amnesties than would occur once the democrats are in control."
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  • 0 +16 -16 Robert James Jan. 30, 2015
    "No they should not be given amnesty. They take jobs and housing from Americans. In 1965 I joined the Army, no work because of illegals, Came back 1969 hard to get work because of illegals. In those years Construction and Lumber Mills and farm were the jobs here, they let them in our unions and as a Vet I could not get back in a Union I belonged to from 1961 till I joined the Army. In 2011 a Company I worked for left Sonoma County because they would have to compete with those who hired illegals. Remember all you who are in our Military your Country will not protect your rights you fought for over these illegal invaders."
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  • 0 +20 -20 Ken Magnuson Jun. 25, 2014
    "The legalization of illegal workers currently in the U.S. is not a good solution to the illegal immigration issue because it is not a durable solution. We could legalize all of the current workers here today, but then who would fill all of the job openings that are looking for illegal workers to fill them? Those jobs that want illegal workers would soon fill up with more illegal workers. The only way to permanently reduce the number of illegal workers is to reduce the number of illegal jobs offered to them. That means that we have to not only deport the workers who accept these jobs, but also punish the Americans who offer these jobs to illegal workers. Try to imagine the I.N.S. fining Americans $1.000 for each illegal worker found mowing their yard or cleaning their house. Illegal workers would gladly point out all of their employers if they were given say 1/4 of the fine. An illegal gardener might even be willing to "self-deport" if they got a $10,000 "job termination bonus" for fingering their old bosses. A comparison would be trying to fight the war on drugs by punishing drug users but not drug sellers. If we did that. We would have half of all Americans working as drug "pushers"."
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  • 0 +24 -24 rose Sep. 21, 2013
    "No. I don't think immagrints should be allowed to come here.we lose jobs that we need in todays society. If they had better laws n did more these people would be here .they should have to go threw so many steps to become legal. We r the home of the free. These people come here just for tax payer to support them here.r economy needs more n more help due to these people. Its a bad idea to keep leting people in when we can't take care our own as it is. We struggle everyday. Its not fair at all"
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    • +2 +2 0 Dreamer Mar. 30, 2015
      "We don't take the "jobs you guys need in today's society", we take your scraps.We are hard workers who have a dream of a better future. Honestly, who do you think people would hire? A citizen or an immigrant? All you people have to do is work hard and be willing to do it. While we remain in the shadows, taking your scraps..."
  • 0 +29 -29 Chris Jun. 21, 2012
    "I don't think it's a good idea for several reason's,For one there's just to many people as it is,Traffic is already horrible and living here in Southern Calif. I wouldn't be suprised if over 50% of the drivers are illegal,I've done experiments of how many hispanics I could count before coming across someone of a different race and several times I've counted over 100,I think the most I counted was 143 at one time but that was including pedestrians too,I also noticed a few years back when they refused to work one day to go to a protest to show all us americans how we couldn't function a day without them all not showing up for work,but it really showed us how nice the freeways and streets were without all that extra traffic,and to my knowledge I don't think any business' went under due to there protest,Traffic is just one issue not just is it annoying but it's not all that great on the enviorment,I don't think my children have ever had the plesure of seeing a clear blue sky,L.A. is very close to looking like Mexico City and it won't be much longer,and I'm out of work because what I've supported my family for 20+ doing an illegal immigrant will do for less than half my wage,because his family splits his rent with 3 other families."
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  • -1 0 -1 Odin Suggs May. 17, 2017
    "Illegal immigration should not be allowed because if they're illegal they're not allowed in America"
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  • -1 +1 -2 Athena May. 4, 2017
    "It isn't fair that illegal immigrants are getting "special circumstances. It isn't fair that the people who are trying to do the right thing are waiting years to get a green card or visa. It is really hard to find all of the illegal immigrants who traveled her but we can at least try to keep more from coming in.
    I agree with President Trump. We should build a wall. We shouldn't make the Mexicans pay for it but still, we shouldn't let more Mexicans and Muslims in."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Amaverick May. 4, 2017
    "The first and "most" important fact that is being overlooked in this debate is the fact that millions of people are here illegally. Sanctuary cities, harboring illegals, subverts the rule of law and the constitutional process of governing. Only Congress has the authority to make immigration law.

    Democrats refuse to negotiate for anything but a comprehensive reform bill, They don't want additional border security and some want outright open borders. That won't fly.

    There must be a better way that will allow the two parties to compromise. Allow those who have been here for a number of years legal status. Develop a viable work permit for farm workers and others to work and return home. The number would have to be limited.

    More details would need to be worked out, but the constitutional way to correct the problem is through compromise, otherwise the system is being subverted."
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  • -1 +3 -4 paul Mar. 13, 2017
    "no they broke our laws and you want to reward them no send them back let them do it the lawful way."
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  • -1 +8 -9 Anonymous Feb. 20, 2017
    "Terrorist would be able to enter are country easily since there would be no restrictions on immigrants becoming citizens"
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  • -1 +5 -6 Anonymous Jan. 24, 2017
    "No because it is not fair to the people who went through the legal process, maybe however we can make the process not take so long."
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  • -1 +6 -7 R Dec. 11, 2016
    "Restricted, legal immigration is not a problem. MASS immigration like the US (and especially Europe like in Sweden and Germany) is a serious problem, especially illegal immigration (obviously). I can understand if you do not think much of this and you want to be "tolerant" and "progressive," but imagine this situation; a violent crime is committed by an illegal with ties to terrorist groups. This has happened many times before. We are becoming outsiders in our own countries, and in a few decades we will be the minorities in our OWN country. Be it white or black, as natives, we will no longer be the majority, and it will no longer be our country. Mostly, this is not a race issue at all. It is a cultural and social issue that needs to be resolved quickly.
    Take Sweden - it is the only developed (first world) country that will become less developed (third world) by 2030 (UN's Human Development Index). And yes - it is because of their mass immigration problems and the mass amounts of Muslims and "refugees" pouring in.
    What was the state of our country before and after previous immigration laws?"
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  • -1 +9 -10 Lex McGuire Aug. 30, 2016
    "In Europe a quarter of a million immigrants is called a crisis. In the US there are more than 11 million illegal immigrants! US elected officials allowed an invasion and past presidents and house representatives should be jailed. The government did not protect the US people. All may believe that the problem is not going to get worse but you are wrong- the bad situation is going to deteriorate."
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  • -1 +36 -37 Truth Hurts Jun. 16, 2015
    "NO NO NO and NO. I cant tell you how everyday more and more the city I have lived in for the past 4 years is looking more and more like Tijuana. Our government is doing absolutely nothing about the millions of illegal immigrants that are continuing to flood our home towns and make them their own. They are collecting our welfare that American taxpayers pay for when they have absolutely no right to. They aren't American they shouldn't have the same benefits even if they have their Visas. American taxpayers money is literally being wasted on lazy immigrants who can do nothing but open their legs and reproduce 20 babies, sit on their a**** and say they are stay at home mothers. Its all a bunch of bull****. People wonder why our economy has gone to ****... look around and see what the majority of the population is nowadays. Try and speak to a random person on the street and half the time they cant even understand you because they are too lazy to learn the English language. Then they look at you like your stupid for not understanding them. what has this nation come to when you cant even get a job at some places unless you now English and Spanish? Its all a joke. I wouldn't be surprised if the next president is Mexican."
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    • +6 +11 -5 Reality Nov. 19, 2015
      "Theres a special place in hell for racists like you"
    • +5 +9 -4 Anon Aug. 17, 2016
      "Not a problem. Also, immigrants aren't generally lazy as most of them work for less money and work longer. Also you can't look at someone and tell they are illegal, you seem to think looking Latino = illegal immigrant"
    • +3 +8 -5 Gerald Jul. 26, 2016
      "What the hell dude??!! There is no place for YOU in this country, you are way to racist!"
    • +1 +1 0 yes!!! Mar. 7, 2017
      "But what I can see is more illegal children's being happy and having better and cleaner streets, the hard work we do for the one behind a computer all day."
    • -7 +5 -12 Michael Sep. 4, 2015
      "Immigration should be stopped for twenty years and we should go after the illegals and deport them and go after anybody who hires them anybody that rents to them and any school or hospital or who ever helps them in any way"
  • -1 +26 -27 Gonzalez Jul. 9, 2013
    "Just say no to illegal immigration. It's illegal to rob a bank or a country! Illegal is illegal!"
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  • -1 +21 -22 Charli May. 10, 2013
    "Article seemed one sided for pro! Illegal is the operative word. . . No one seems to grasp that! Illegals are sucking the life out of our economy and our jobs. I keep reading & hearing that illegals are filling the jobs Americans don't want. . . So construction and landscaping are jobs Americans don't want to do? That's news to me. Most illegals don't pay taxes but do take or hard earned tax dollars & get on the system.how the hell does that work?! Our government is completely out of touch with reality. As long as they get get their huge paychecks and benefits they don't care!"
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  • -1 +27 -28 A concered citizen Feb. 29, 2012
    "No, if we did that then anyone would be able to come in here whether they should or not. Terrorists, drug dealers, sslave dealers, there are endless amount of things that could then come into our borders. This is a free country, but there are rules and if you do not want to follow them then do not come here. There have been many people who have brought in dirty bombs, a dirty bombcontians radio active material, which can lead to a place being uninhabitable for over a century. If we let just anyone come into our borders then people could come in with dirty bombs. A dirty bomb placed in or even near our capital could devistate all that america has been for so long, every document that we live by would be destroyed. America would be in complete chaos; so why should we make it legal for aliens to come here. That would be like asking for another 9-11, who wants that to happen againg especially the people who had loved one killed there. There is no right for them to come here like that; they can aplly for citizenship and come here with permission but otherwise they can stay out of America!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Meg Mar. 7, 2012
      "Look at our world today, its horrible with drug dealers, people doing pathetic crimes, not respecting one another, destroying our economy, etc. You really shouldnt be talking about immigrants like that. They are the same as us, some are good & some are bad. God made us all equal, he doesn't pick us if we have papers or if we are a different race. We are all the same and thats what our society needs (RESPECT for one another) not people like you. Immigrants do the work that us lazy Americans would rather die than do. You take it for granted. Think before you start saying ugly stuff because we are all the same!"
    • 0 0 0 David Jun. 4, 2012
      "Meg there not immigrants they are illegals. and how do you know that the reason that is happening is becuase of illegals doing ALL THAT WHICH THEY ARE LOOK AT THE STATISTICS."
  • -2 +3 -5 yoselin 12 year old Jan. 19, 2017
    "some immigrants people are the good put they can be good people."
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  • -2 +23 -25 Ron Aug. 31, 2012
    "Look what happened since the 1986 fix.
    Our law enforcement should go after ID theft and fraud. When an illegal is using my SS number, that is effectively crossing one fence too many. A whole industry prints fraudulent documents for illegals. The law should find full support from all citizens with this approach and fight this fraud.
    -RB"
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    • 0 0 0 ur mother Feb. 7, 2013
      "but look at what happens when immagrant do travel illegal. they know nothing about America, our laws, rules,and for some our languige."
  • -2 +42 -44 Alex Jan. 7, 2012
    "Illegal immigration supports an underground economy, a false documentation industry and economic slavery. It is wrong for the immigrants and wrong for legal citizens. Citzens have a right to know that immigrants are not carrying disease, can support themselves and are not criminals. Legal immigrants have a right not to be exploited by unscrupulous employers. I am OK with reforming the system, but definitely not OK with providing citizenship and thus political power to invaders, no matter their nationality or race."
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    • +1 +1 0 jeniffer garcia Jan. 24, 2012
      "I do believe that legal citizens should have the right to know that immigrants are not carrying diseases or are not criminals, that is why they should have an assessment of who should enter. Those who enter should want to go to school,work,and should not be criminals.."
  • -2 +44 -46 Derrick Sep. 30, 2011
    "The only people who would be pro immigration has to be either illegal themselves, or on welfare. You come to our country-you learn our language. If they come here to work- they need to pay taxes just like we do. IT IS UNFAIR. This has no racist intent... Even if someone from a different country came, no matter if they're white, black, mexican, asian etc... they still need to be given the same treatment as americans. Furthermore-pay their taxes."
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    • 0 0 0 anonymous May. 4, 2014
      "Most of them work off the books, so how do they pay taxes?"
    • -1 +2 -3 Oamr Mar. 13, 2012
      "illegal immigrants do pay taxes. It is deducted from their pay check. The more they work, the more they pay. And tell me, since they can't file for income tax at the end of the year, what does the govt do with the unclaimed money? So b4 you post anything, please do some research."
  • -3 +2 -5 Cj A. Feb. 10, 2017
    "THey could be hurting innocent people and just fleeing the scene of the crime, but we would never know. THey could be living in our neighborhoood and we would have no idea as to who they are or where they are from, but are they telling the truth or is it just another addition in their web of lies?"
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  • -4 +26 -30 Clare Dec. 12, 2011
    "I think that this solution is more reasonable than the fence, but at the same time, it would have some negative effects: There would be many papers to fill out, and security officers would have to do background checks on people who want to do it. Also, it would encourage other immigrants to come illegally instead of through the legal process if the illegal process were faster. Lastly, although it might bring out some illegal immigrants, the ones with criminal records who we want to catch would probably not come forward because they would know that they would be deported if caught. I do not think that this solution would necessarily solve our immigration problem."
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  • -5 +15 -20 Janet Nov. 1, 2013
    "Illegal immigration is not a Hispanic issue. About 65% of the illegal aliens in this country are Hispanic, the other 35% are from about 100 other countries. When you legalize the Hispanics you also legalize from countries that are sponsors of terrorism (Somalia, Iran, Iraq, etc). We have a guest worker program on the book already, and adding another 30 million people to an economy that already has 20 million out of work will be devastating. In 1986 when amnesty was granted to 2.7 million illegal aliens, it cost the American taxpayer $78.7 billion, the fees that we supposed to pay for administration of IRCA were diverted elsewhere. This time it will be in the trillions. We don't have a broken immigration, we have laws that are not enforced. Another amnesty will open the door to 100 million next time around. Big business wants the cheap labor, Democrats want the votes. With another amnesty, the Democrats will get the votes, but this won't solve big business demand for cheap labor."
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  • -6 +5 -11 Phyllis Brooks Nov. 14, 2016
    "No never, they came illegally and should leave, also their babies should have their citizenship rescended, taken away, our forefather's meant for those coming the legal way, to have their children be legal. Our crooked government has been allowing them in here and it is time to stop. Stop letting gays and lesbians which other countries do not want in here also. Our country has really crooked us, these people come in here making demands on the tax payers, marching , rioting , which us citizen cannot do unless we want to go to jail. We should call our congressmen and senator and tell them we do like what they are doing"
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  • -6 +17 -23 tina Jun. 26, 2013
    "if this is truely non-biased reporting then why is there 3 no comments and 16 yes comments?
    it may cost a lot of money to ship them out but it cost more to keep them. they are taking jobs away from Americans, they are overpopulating our schools and colleges, they are running hospitals out of business.they are sending their paychecks to Mexico, and it's not just Mexicans crossing the border. I'm sure our enemies are as well. And here's an idea... GO TAKE OVER MEXICO!!!"
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  • -6 +22 -28 David Jun. 4, 2012
    "How can you allow someone who is entering the US illegally legalization. They carry drugs, guns, and other horrible things across the border and help destroy this beuatiful country. Look at statistics they are much more likely to commit crimes. And they steal jobs. I know what you guys are going to say they take jobs Americans don't want. Bull I have a parent who is enemployed and is no longer recieving unemployment this person would do any job but there is none cause of illegals. And I know a person who had a job and all it was, was illegals or imigrants and they got rid of her because she was one of only three whites working in the factory and a women. Revese discrimination is what it is becoming. They are ruining the economy, justice system, and America as a pride and beautiful country. The answere to our problems is eliminating people like this from our society and not allowing them to croos back over."
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  • -6 +24 -30 Alex Jan. 7, 2012
    "I have no problem with people coming out of the shaddows, paying a fine and getting a card to be here legally if they have broken no laws - but actually many of them have broken laws and not just by coming. In order to work they have to have fake ID. This has created a huge market and industry for idently theft. This is a form of criminality that comes with illegal immigration, just like economic slavery, which also comes. It is just plain wrong to tolerate illegal immigration on so many levels. It is not about the people who come unless they come and want to form their own insular communities and not merge with American culture, language and way of life. Then it is abou the people, as they do not fit with American life. Consider how some cultures treat women as second class. Do you want someone with those values to gain political power? I don't."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Omar Mar. 13, 2012
      "Since the American gov''t wont give them a way to legalization, these people have no choice, but to falsify papers in order to work. What other option do they have?"
  • -7 +28 -35 JR Jan. 31, 2012
    "No! We already tried this in the 80's, remember? The U.S. granted amnesty to millions of illegals in the 80's and look what happened. It attracted more illegals to come over and it solved NOTHING for America or the illegals. It only made the problem worse. Illegal immigration costs the U.S. way more than it helps through bankrupting our health care system, using up our law enforcement, and dumbing down our educational system. The solution is simple: Expand the guest worker program like other countries and enforce sanctions on companies AND individuals who hire illegals. Mexicans will still have jobs but they will be DOCUMENTED (not citizens but documented) and the illegals who remain here will go back to Mexico eventually when they are sick and tired of being cold and hungry. It won't be pretty, but for America's sake, it has to be done. And don't say I am heartless. If I sneak into Europe illegally for a better life, I would expect nothing less. Mexicans need to have a revolution in Mexico and fight the corruption just like White Americans (and our slaves of course) did in the Revolutionary War. We didn't flee to Canada, we fought the British to fix our own country!"
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    • -2 0 -2 Yo Feb. 21, 2012
      "Legalization of illigal immigrants will yield a net increase in the country's GDP. Your reasoning is flawed."
  • -7 +40 -47 Aaron Jun. 10, 2011
    "They are law breakers, PERIOD. Our country was founded on equality, and part of equality means that if you break the laws set forth by the citizens of this country, you pay the consequences. If I break the law I get punished, PERIOD, and so should they. Our country is great but since when do we reward law breakers with amnesty, jobs, and social services? "Never" should be the answer. We already have a sizable impoverish labor force in this country as well, we don't need them to fill jobs. All of the illegals that I have personally worked with don't make crap in wages (because they are unskilled button pushers, and bulb pickers), therefore they don't pay crap in taxes. A sizable number of them work for small business or are farm workers, and simply work under the table, and don't pay taxes. But then as a result, they get granted social programs such as welfare, food stamps, medical coupons, and WIC. Pretty basic economic problem. If you eat more out of your fridge than you put back in when you go shopping, your going to run out of food....DUH! Solution: Strict penalties to any business that hires illegal alien labor force. If they can't work then they will go back home and start filing their citizenship paperwork I guarantee."
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    • +2 +5 -3 Larry T. Sep. 29, 2011
      "U.S. was not founded on equality! Look at the U.S. background. This country was founded basically on thinking its superior. It is a great country and im proud to be an American, but its background is aweful. Took Indian land. Treated African Americans like animals, and now deportation for Latinos? I'm all in for a better defense in the border, but for those already here. You want to treat them like animals as well?"
    • +1 +5 -4 Suki Sep. 22, 2011
      "actually many of them do pay taxes. dont just take your own opinions look at what others are doing as well b*****"
    • -1 +3 -4 dd Oct. 12, 2011
      "suki is right... lots of them do. they just dont have a citisen ship. what about the ones that dont u say? they r the true illigal alians. not all illigals r the same...some r good some r bad"
  • -7 +35 -42 John Wilson May. 31, 2011
    "We seem to be ignorant of how many illegal immigrants there are. 10 million? 14 million? Why look at a solution when we haven't come close to recognizing the scope of the problem?
    We must know how many illegal people there are , whether they are willing and able to work, what services they are using and what they want! If they are here to work in the fields or for cash and have no desire to work legally and pay taxes then we have begun to uncover a piece of the puzzle.We are not close to understanding the problem and it shows how ineffective our Federal Government can be .
    It's tough to value citizenship when it evidently means so little to our Government."
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    • -2 0 -2 Stephanie Oct. 20, 2016
      "I'm sorry Aaron but I cannot agree with your first sentence. How do you know that all of the illegal immigrants don't just want a home that they can work and earn their fair share? Would YOU like to be ripped apart from your family? And about how the illegal immigrants you worked with? How do you know ALL of them are like that? America was founded by immigrants. The first people who came to America were immigrants! I actually know a lot of immigrants who contributed a LOT to our country. I am sorry to notice how biased some people in this country are and that they only care about themselves and people like them. Someday, I hope America will acknowledge justice for ALL."
  • -9 +12 -21 no Mar. 13, 2014
    "no because no."
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    • +1 +1 0 yes Mar. 7, 2017
      "''yes because yes''"
  • -9 +36 -45 Randy Jul. 29, 2011
    "I can only say the only thing that would be good about this. At least they would be paying taxes. But I think that they should be sent back and make them come here legally like our fore fathers did."
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    • +10 +13 -3 Andrew Jul. 29, 2011
      "I'm not sure native Americans would agree that our fore fathers came here legally."
    • 0 0 0 Brenda Jun. 26, 2017
      "No they will not. At least 50% of illegal aliens earned below the poverty line. Legalized them and they will have a right to EIC which will pay them for earning so little."
    • -1 +1 -2 Stephanie Oct. 19, 2016
      "Our country was made up of immigrants. We came here with nothing. Now we have a lot thanks to many immigrants."
    • -1 0 -1 Emily May. 4, 2014
      "@ Nancy, maybe the white people on welfare are on hard times. We are not exactly in the greatest economy right now. And not all white people are looking for SSI! SSD is work credits, meaning you have to work for it. And aren't the Mexicans involved in lots of drug wars, Nancy? So how are the white people wanting to be high all the time? You don't know what someone's pain is really like. If only you had a condition in which you needed pain pills because you were legitimately sick."
    • -1 +7 -8 Nancy Aug. 7, 2011
      "Your fore fathers didnt come here legally! They were brought here by force. And the once that were not brought by force just arrived and wanted to take over the land that belong to the indians. We come here to make a living and to better ourselves. ONLY because your ancestors died long time ago if you think about it, its the same thing only you've been here longer. And atleast when we go to the doctor we pay cash, why dont you talk about all the white people that are on welfare and on medicaid and are going to the doctor for free while im working my butt off and paying for them to go. I would no I work in a clinic i see it all day they go for free, they want to complain and want to get on disability and want more pain medication cause they just want to be high all the time!"
  • -11 +17 -28 Calece Mar. 15, 2012
    "I'm so tired of hearing about what we should do with
    all the illegal aliens and then never doing anything about
    it, let's just hope that the asteroid heading for earth is big
    enough to wipe out the whole planet. Problem solved!.....
    ..and no I don't have a death wish. Remember, there's
    only two sure things, death and taxes."
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    • +1 +1 0 Dennis Jan. 27, 2013
      "I agree completeley!! At 70 years old I reall don't see any point in fighting this system anymore. Just open the damn borders and let them all run wild. And I hope they kick the ass of those weeping willies who want to give them everything. An have us pay for it.
      The government lied to us in the 80's when they said if we let these 3 million in we won't let this happen again. You know your government wouldn't lie to you, don't you.

      FOOL"
  • -14 +39 -53 Tim Aug. 9, 2011
    "Should Illegal Aliens or Illegal Immigrants be deported?

    YES Look at the first word in either description, "Illegal" If we deport the 9-10 million illegals who are taking the jobs from legal US citizens our unemployment issue will be solved. Americans will have to work these jobs. Some may argue that No americans want these jobs, I feel that the starving american who may lose his house would be happy for a job, no matter what it is. It gives them an opportunity to get back on their feet, and advance themselves from there. It will also open up jobs to the young people in our country who dont think they have to work for anything. That think, Just because I go to college I will have a job. NO Working hard and making smart respectful decisions is the only way to get ahead. And I wouldnt mind paying 20.00 more a week to get my grass cut If that will be someones response, because more americans will be working which will mean I can advance my career and everyone will be better for it. Also, the "Illegal aliens" and "anchor babies" get better healthcare than my fiance who works a just above minimum wage job paying all taxes and doing everything legal.... What is wrong with that situation!"
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    • +7 +9 -2 amador Aug. 13, 2011
      "here take my job go clean the battroom work under this hot sun i dare you"
    • +5 +5 0 Caleb b Nov. 3, 2011
      "@dd: Sure, they can have a new begining...IF they follow the rules!"
    • +3 +6 -3 Larry Tapia Sep. 29, 2011
      "After deporting all, America will be short handed, and then what? Will you be willing to work 3 jobs a day for your country?..... It's those who have documents who you see out in the street begging wasting time, while undocumented people are out anywhere looking for jobs. don't blame the undocumented for taking jobs, Blame the people who have legal status for being lazy. So much opportunities they have and they still complain."
    • 0 0 0 ian Jan. 20, 2013
      "how have you not noticed that it is repeatedly stated all over this website that the jobs they are taking are the ones that none of us want? it's a good thing for us, although it is demeaning for them. show some respect. they come because they had no choice. there were no job opportunities available back home, so they came here to save their families."
    • -3 +2 -5 dd Oct. 12, 2011
      "every human has human rights... dont take those away from people who are looking for a new beginning. i dont agree with u at all.period."
  • -15 +53 -68 Dan May. 31, 2011
    "NO HECK NO! Giving rewards to law breakers is totally counter productive. Do you reward a burgler for breaking into your house? Do you reward a child for stealing or for bullying weaker kids? They have broken the laws of our country and are costing us billions.l"
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    • +13 +15 -2 Daniel Nov. 28, 2011
      "I don't see why this has so many thumbs down. You brought up the best point. If we welcome criminals who broke the law to get in with open arms, then everyone else who wants to immigrate illegally will see how easy it is to get in and stay in. Then all the poor people who decided not to break the law will feel pretty ripped off because someone else made the wrong choice and that person is now in better shape because they are now US citizens."
    • +4 +4 0 Emily May. 4, 2014
      "Daniel, you hit it right on the nose! Well said!"
    • 0 +2 -2 Lizzy Aug. 21, 2012
      "Prove it. Illegal aliens pay very little in taxes. When is the last time you stood in the bank line behind the owner of a landscaping service. The owner hands over a pile of checks and then he asks said teller to divide the cash from these checks into little piles of cash which go into separate envelopes. Not just a few try about eight or ten. I doubt there is a dime of taxes taken out on this money. When is the last time you were in the grocery line behind the woman with five kids under the age of seven, two carts full of groceries, not a word of English and not a penny of cash exchanged between clerk and customer. I enrolled my son in a new (public) school and over half the questions on the forms I filled out pertained to his native language, his English speaking ability and is he an ESL student. But please go ahead and keep believing that illegal aliens pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits. We wouldn't even have an illegal immigrant problem if this was true."
    • -1 +5 -6 david Dec. 11, 2011
      "look your comparing illegal immigrate "who came for better chance in life and their children" to criminal "who steals, kills, abuse other" but these illegal immigrate came to work and the only law they broke was crossing the borders which is little offense compare to steal or abuse others"
    • -3 +1 -4 Amahirani Jan. 8, 2013
      "you really are getting the wrong picture. illegals arent like that plus every country has its own f*cked up people f you ask me....look at what just happened recentlly at that school shooting. that man was white and he killed 20 children and 5 other people including his mom who was a teacher then he killed himself. he was white and youre over here talking about illegals. everyone in this country is illegal because everyone's ancestors came from some place. im against deportation. this country is not free at all for the illegal immigrants. im about to make my husband a legal citizen of the US!:)"
    • -3 +7 -10 Melanie Dec. 14, 2011
      "Sometimes people are stuck in a country where woman have to sleep with their current boss to get a promotion. People seek kindness and justice when they come to the US, shouldn't we let them have this opportunity? I don't think you realize how hard it really is TO become legal in the US. I have a relative who married an innocent, smart boy; a recent graduate; to help him and his family become legal. His case lost and him and his family were deported very far away with his wife stuck here, crying her heart out."
    • -3 +4 -7 Bob Dec. 12, 2011
      "It would also cost billions to deport them."
    • -4 +5 -9 jj Oct. 14, 2011
      "your lazyness costs billions cheap labor dosen't"
    • -4 +9 -13 Whatever Aug. 9, 2011
      "Costing you what? Proove it? Do you have facts, not internet facts? First of all these people are not burglars, only Cholos o gangsters. Second of all...... Children steal what? I don;t see children stealing from anybody, do you? Do you see a kid with a gun yet? Yes, most of them white kids killing their classmates."
    • -9 +3 -12 Eaton Ganache Sep. 29, 2011
      "Actually, undocumented workers are NOT costing us billions. The taxes they pay are more than the cost of social services received. Repeating an inaccuracy many times does not turn it into a fact."
  • -16 +23 -39 newyorkcitypatriot Sep. 2, 2012
    "All illegals should be deported. They hurt our country, not help."
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    • +2 +2 0 unknown Feb. 3, 2017
      "illegal's immigrants do the work that yall can't do cause its too hard for yall."
    • 0 +1 -1 immigrant Mar. 7, 2017
      "don't see with your eyes, see with your heart"
  • -16 +30 -46 Fernando Aug. 31, 2011
    "It is a solution. As the econmy csn not takeoff and the unemployment soar with high numbers are we going to put mor wood in the fire? Iligal immigrants must be return to their countries immediatelly"
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  • -18 +16 -34 cats Nov. 30, 2012
    "They should not be here. They just get exploited by businesses who pay them below minium wage."
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  • -19 +20 -39 ART Feb. 28, 2013
    "I WRITE IN CAPS. BECAUSE OF VISION PROBLEMS.
    ALL ILLEGALS SHOULD GO BACK TO WHEREVER THEY CAME FROM. THE TRUTH IS, THE POWERS THAT BE ARE MERGING CANADA, MEXICO, AMERICA, INTO ONE COUNTRY CALLED "THE NORTH AMERICAN UNION" (THE SECURITY AND PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP). THE UNITED STATES, AS WE KNOW IT, WILL NO LONGER EXIST. OUR CONSTITUTION WILL BE "NULL AND VOID". THIS IS "A CORPORATE TAKEOVER/TAKE DOWN OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY PLAN TO MERGE US INTO "A ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT", UNDER UNITED NATIONS/N.A.T.O./MILITARY CONTROL. THAT IS WHY OBAMA SIGNED "THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT" (N.D.A.A.) WHICH ALLOWS THE MILITARY TO ARREST, HOLD INDEFINITELY, WITHOUT TRIAL, AND TORTURE US. OUR ECONOMY IS BEING CRASHED, BY DESIGN, BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS (C.F.R.), AND OTHER "GLOBALIST ORGANIZATIONS" THAT DO HAVE AMERICANS/AMERICA'S INTEREST AT HEART. ANY STATISTICS, PROVIDED BY HOMELAND SECURITY AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES SHOULD NOT BE BELIEVED! HOMELAND SECURITY IS PURCHASING MILLIONS OF ROUNDS OF HOLLOW POINT AMMUNITION TO USE AGAINST US...YOU HAD BETTER WAKE UP...WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF A "UNITED NATIONS/N.A.T.O./MILITARY TAKEOVER. AMERICA:REALIZE, THAT THE MILITARY IS TRYING TO DISARM US, TO KILL US!!!"
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    • 0 +3 -3 Kennith Jan. 29, 2015
      "We were once Illegals......so you argument is invalid"
  • -32 +37 -69 Dan Aug. 11, 2011
    "WHATEVER Is a pos if they think this isn`t costing billions. I went to the emergency room in march to have a chainsaw wound treated and sat in waiting three and a half hours while your cholos were going in and getting FREE treatment. I know this because the insurance lady at the hospital told me thats the way it is. That`s f--ked up and so are you."
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    • +2 +4 -2 javier Feb. 21, 2013
      "a chainsaw wound. 1 in a million. u have to wonder what happens if u take out all the immigrants whos going to take those jobs. were so not lazy we take every job we can"
    • +2 +12 -10 dd Oct. 12, 2011
      "a chainsaw wond? sad if u ask me... but remember this little thing called human rights? no matter the race they r the same people. now remember this we, the world r one people. now u need to go to rehab for your racism B******"
  • -58 +25 -83 Evan Feb. 1, 2012
    "Illegal aliens need to bbe stoped put some tanks and marines there and electrify the fence. That is all."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Anon Mar. 21, 2017
      "Why do you need all those things there to stop those people when those things can be used to fight off wars,would you rather have some immigrants,or some terrorists destroying you're homes."
    • -2 0 -2 = ( Mar. 8, 2017
      "'I don't'"
    • -3 +1 -4 Neat Sep. 30, 2016
      "I agree"