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View Poll Results: what should I do?
return to my country 24 64.86%
stay, become legal and try to live my American Dream 10 27.03%
you don't give a damn 5 13.51%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 37. You may not vote on this poll

Old 07-16-2008, 10:19 AM
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I am an illegal alien in the United States. I guess that makes me a leper on this site. One of the reasons I signed up with City-Data is due to the fact that I was appalled to see all the vitriol that was being leveled against "people of my kind on this site" and I thought it was important to share my story as an illegal immigrant so you can get a perspective from the other side for once. I am not your typical illegal immigrant, or at least I don't fit the stereotype that many of you have in your minds. I am not Mexican and I did not walk across the border. I speak perfect English and is college educated. I came to this country legally as a tourist but have since overstayed my visa. I love the United States. Honestly I would admit that I came here with the intention of not returning to my homeland. I am in love with America and I can't imagine spending my life anywhere else but here. I want to live the American Dream one day like everybody else. I consider myself an intellectual refugee. I came to this country not just looking for a better economic environment, if that was all, I could have gone to Canada or England where I have family but I came to the United States because I believe in the ideals of this country. I share a strong sense of feeling with American values which I believe are superior to any other country on earth. I think it is those fundamental values enshrined in this country's declaration of independence namely: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that have made America one of the greatest civilizations ever in the history of mankind. Why do you blame me for wanting to partake in this great liberty, isn't this a simple craving of the human soul?

I know you are going to counter strongly by saying that America is country of laws and it can't just accept anyone who wants to live here. Your point is well taken but if that was an absolute rule, many of your fore-parents would never have been allowed to settle here. I see myself as an American on the inside and I am determined to become a citizen of this country eventually no matter how difficult it may be. I would join this country's armed forces if given the opportunity to do so because I think this Democracy is worth fighting for. Those of you who are Americans, count yourselves blessed but all I'm saying is don't badmouth all us "illegal aliens" as we are not a homogeneous group. God Bless America.

Last edited by americanalien; 07-16-2008 at 11:01 AM..

Old 07-16-2008, 10:42 AM
Location: Arizona
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I would suggest you go back to your home country BEFORE you get caught and follow the laws on immigration. That way when you DO get back here there's NO CHANCE of your being arrested and/or deported.
Old 07-16-2008, 10:43 AM
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Come on people, I want to hear your take on this.
Old 07-16-2008, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by GuyPinestra View Post
I would suggest you go back to your home country BEFORE you get caught and follow the laws on immigration. That way when you DO get back here there's NO CHANCE of your being arrested and/or deported.
wow that's pretty harsh and unsympathetic but thanks for the advise.
Old 07-16-2008, 10:46 AM
Location: South Fla
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I don't blame you for wanting to be an American citizen, it's a great country, but as I am sure you understand, it is a nation based on laws, those laws are part of what makes us great and enforcing those laws is of great importance in maintaining this stature. I would blame those who have hired you if they knew you were here illegally, and to those who have rented you a home if they knew you were here illegally. I think that you should be able to become a citizen, but if the law requires you to go back to your home country, wait your turn, and pay a fine, would you be willing to do that?
Old 07-16-2008, 10:47 AM
Location: Denver
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Just FYI when you leave the country, they will know you overstayed your visa.

When and if you try to come back, call ahead, because you have probably already been barred for 5-10 years. I just had this happened to a friend from Brazil, unfortunetly she was really stupid and bought a $1500.00 ticket only to get to JFK and be turned right around.

They are much better a tracking you now, and you will get caught if you travel on an overstayed visa.
Honestly, an undocumented illegal has a better chance than a Visa overstay.

Last edited by Mach50; 07-16-2008 at 10:59 AM..
Old 07-16-2008, 10:49 AM
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I do admire your love for the U.S., unlike the Mexican illegals who walk over the border and march in the streets with Mexican flags, DEMANDING that we, the U.S. taxpayers, take care of them. They hate us, and yet we give them everything.

In your situation, I'd get a good lawyer, and try to become legal asap. Otherwise, with everything that is going on against illegals now, you may be caught at some point.
Old 07-16-2008, 10:51 AM
8,938 posts, read 15,877,457 times
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I understand your desire to live here, but have no respect for you knowingly thumbing you nose at the laws and process of this nation.

Our immigration laws are a bit of a mess - however, that gives you no right to assume you are entitled to what thousands of others are waiting to acheive - American citizenship

Please leave and start off on the right foot - the legal one
Old 07-16-2008, 10:55 AM
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My fiance and I are going through the immigration process in order for him to come here from England. We have completed a ton of paperwork, gathered records, paid the fees and have been waiting since February to even hear anything. Yesterday I got an email telling me they need more evidence or information. This will yet extend the wait. We are doing it legally and you should too. There should be no exceptions when it comes to this.
Old 07-16-2008, 10:55 AM
Location: Chicago
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Good luck with you're new life here.
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