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It is mind-boggling to hear people going on and on about how sad it is. Sure, life is tough, but it is going to get a whole lot tougher for everyone unless this illegal immigration madness stops. And for lefties who care about the environment, wait until there are 400 million to 600 million people in the US, then tell me the precious environment is being degraded. Of course, it will be Bush's fault. Zelaya seems like a nice guy and he is smart, so he should be able to work out how to become legal - and not by waiting for idiot politicians to give him amnesty.
Nflores..."Are any of you educated?"I'm educated enough to know the difference between legal and illegal.
" Do you know what is going on in Honduras and how dangerous it is?"I'll just bet it isn't as nice as College Station. What's going on in Honduras is of no concern here. What is of concern is that these people are HERE when they should be THERE.
"Do you know that America was built by immigrants?? "Uh huh, I do. I also know that my immigrant ancestors followed the law and came as English and Dutch and worked to BECOME American citizens.
By the way, since you brought up education...You DO know that there is no right for anyone from another country to come here, don't you? They have a right to stay and try to improve whatever hell hole they live in but they DO NOT have the right to come to the U.S. because they believe their lives will be better. Maybe they should sneak into Mexico. I am quite sure the Mexican government will welcome them with open arms. How about Panama or Columbia? They never seem to head south, do they?
Still begs to ask the question "How much do you want to pay at the grocery store?" Then ask if you can do your own roofing, concrete work, farm work, commercial and residential construction?
Our country and state must have immigration reform. My family in Alabama, which just passed some very stringent immigration laws, said employers are really hurting for certain types of labor. Plus if E-Verify is made law the price of your dinner is going to make a nasty jump.
LOL @ Nflores.
"Do you know that America was built by immigrants?" Why, YES, Captain Obvious - it WAS. But this is 2012 - don't really need a huge influx of foriegn help to keep us 'building' any more...
"Do you know what is going on in Honduras?" Yes, again. In the news every week. A very bad situation. But the situation THERE doesn't make it okay to break the law HERE.
"...it is not as easy as you guys make it seem to obtain legal documentation..." duh. Need to have a clean criminal record. Helps to have a sponsor or family that can vouch for you. There are forms and waiting periods and a process that is not simple - but very do-able. No, its not easy - we didn't intend for it to be - we don't want the world's trash moving in...
"Are any of you educated?" Funny, I was going to ask you the same thing. Yes - I'd put my college degrees and experience up against yours without hesitation.
Bottom line: sympathy does NOT make being illegal okay.
Nflores - Yes I am educated. I never meant it was easy - just that the path forward to become a US citizen is identified and this young man should pursue his citizenship.
But I do want to understand - do you feel being here illegally is acceptable? And should be given the same status and opportunities as a US citizen? I won't argue with your opinion or even try to change it - just interested in your opinion and where you stand.
If their family attitude is "“I was just told by my family that I don’t belong here, that no matter how hard I work, how American I want to be, that I will never be good enough.” Most likely, they'll always be on the defensive and ready to argue, probably demonstrate, and DEMAND RIGHTS they're not entitled to and constantly be regular PITAs. I'd be inclined to send the whole fam damnily back to Honduras because they probably haven't tried to comply with the immigration statutes either. We don't need any more undocumented V55H0735 as president of ANYTHING in this country, student organizations or otherwise,
Unfortunatly, it is not as easy as you guys make it seem to obtain legal documentation. Are any of you educated? By your comments it seems you are not. Do you know what is going on in Honduras and how dangerous it is? Do you know that America was built by immigrants?? If you are going to make ignorant/generic comments please do a little research before posting.
OK. enuf political correctness... I call BS on "undocumented student".
A&M made the right call on this one. Luis may be a bright and promising young man - BUT - he is an ILLEGAL ALIEN and not entitled to some of the advantages CITIZENS have. Pretty cut and dried. Follow the law, get your papers and we welcome you with open arms - you can embrace the American dream. Come here illegally and ignore the law - get over yourself. Quit whining about not being 'good enough'...
Wait a minute...It has NOTHING to do wiith his being "good enough" and EVERYTHING to do with he doesn't belong here. If his parents came here illegally, then HE is here illegally. The A&M Senate was correct to deny him the office. Student government offices should be reserved for citizens or at the very least a foreign student here on a valid visa. Since we KNOW where he is, and presumably his parents, why has there not been a knock on the door from ICE?
Where is the "plight"?
You apply and are approved or you aren't. If everyone that wanted every freedom of those that were born here have, just because they arrived here, we would have a pretty crappy place. We're getting there and in about 50 years we probably will be. It will be a really great place once the democrats have made it a place where everyone born here or otherwise is the same. It's coming!
Dream Act = Nightmare Act. Most of us won't be around to see it but it's coming.
It would be simple were it not for what I suspect is that his family are also illegal aliens.
"Zelaya, who emigrated from Honduras at age 14"
Question - has he applied for and received his American Citizenship?
“I was just told by my family that I don’t belong here, that no matter how hard I work, how American I want to be, that I will never be good enough.”
apply and receive citizenship - seems simple enough to me.