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From yahoo news
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But the likely new bill is for the kids. While SB 1070 essentially requires of-age migrants to have the proper citizenship paperwork, the potential "anchor baby" bill blocks the next generation from ever being able to obtain it. The idea is to make the citizenship process so difficult that illegal immigrants pull up the "anchor" and leave. (See pictures of the Great Wall of America.)


The question is whether that would violate the U.S. Constitution. The 14th Amendment states that "all persons, born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States." It was intended to provide citizenship for freed slaves and served as a final answer to the Dred Scott case, cementing the federal government's control over citizenship.
I am so disgusted by this.
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that is shocking. can they actually do that, if the 14th amendment says they can't?

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People hate the Nazi "where are your papers" inference. And I get it, I think making comparisons to Nazi's can be insulting and dismissive of the horrible atrocities that took place in the 30's and 40's in Europe. But really, it's getting so ridiculous there that I can see how it happened in Europe 65 years ago. We are in the throes of a recession/depression and people want to blame someone. And it's not just little by little, it's big and crazy and getting so crazy that everyone is too tired to protest and raise hell eventually. First SB 1070, then they fire or remove all the teacher with accents now this, and it's gaining support..
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I have removed some posts from this thread. Please note that the rules of the forum state that we will not host political discussions. I think the conversation of a state wishing to ban or make a move against the Constitution is a relevant and interesting one. However, we need to leave the political party discussion out of it.

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thanks for leaving the discussion up!
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that is shocking. can they actually do that, if the 14th amendment says they can't?

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No? They cannot make laws contrary to the constitution, however...

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Media...ry?id=10891360

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I agree, that is disgusting on many levels. This type of policy may well be in line with other parts of the world, but that doesn't make it right, imo. And the US requires citizenship of certain people if their parent was born in the US, so in that regard they are effectively forcing some people (like my kids who have never lived there) to become US citizens.

But surely this proposed law in Arizona will not be upheld? What seems to be a direct violation of the 14th amendment will surely end up at the Supreme Court, where the proposed law would be rejected? Or am I just being naive?

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No? They cannot make laws contrary to the constitution, however...

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Media...ry?id=10891360
This is really upsetting to me. I hear so many people talk about the intentions of the early writers of the Constitution, and a need to return to those ideals. This amendment was written at such a separatist time in our US History. I can't put the two together, the wanting to emulate what other countries in other parts of the world are doing with the separatist idea that the USA doesn't need to follow another countries model, what we do here is just fine.

Aussie, I hope that it will be struck down. But when I read the comments posted to the article it saddens me greatly to know that there are a great many people who support this idea. An idea born completely out of racism and bigotry I believe.

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Wow I'm so glad for my recent law class (law & bioethics) when reading this article.

Technically - AZ can make the law, but many many cases will probably be filed against it in Federal Court. Technically (as the first article states) it will probably be ruled unconsitutional by a federal judge pretty easily. Personally I'm more curious about AZ's first piece of legistation re: the immigration papers to see how that pans out in court.

Abimommy - if congress does want to re-write the 14th amendment, I believe the changes may have to be ratified by 3/4 of the states in the Union (had to double check the consitution on that one - see article V in it).

Aside from the law and how its being used, I am really sickened by the idea of this type of racism. I am very much seeing the same socio-economic themes which were tapped during WWI & WWII being played out in AZ and ugh

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These laws make me sick.

This was something I was taught in a history class in college, and it has stuck with me ever since. The statement speaks for itself.

"First they came ..." is a famous statement attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. The text expresses, in a condensed form, the understanding of history presented by Niemöller in a January 6, 1946 speech before representatives of the Confessing Church in Frankfurt.[1]

"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."



People need to be speaking up, what they are doing in AZ is wrong.

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I love this quote from Salma Heyak

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“What surprises me is the lack of humanity with which they are treating the immigrants," she said. "What I can’t understand is how the United States, which is considered a hero around the world that helps other countries, doesn’t help the foreigners who enter their country. It’s a contradiction
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that is shocking. can they actually do that, if the 14th amendment says they can't?

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It will end up going to the Supreme Court.

You know what DRIVES ME CRAZY about the 14th Amendment is that it has been used, repeatedly, to protect CORPORATIONS as if they were actual citizens:

http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/pers...ammerstrom.pdf


"Corporations, on the other hand, hijacked the Fourteenth Amendment and have used it to
consolidate their power in the U.S. and the world. Corporations have gained many of the
inalienable rights of humans guaranteed by the Bill of Rights with their status as “persons” under
the Fourteenth Amendment."

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So basically legislators are wasting taxpayer money pushing forward an agenda that will not withstand Supreme Court scrutiny. HOW is this racism helping anyone?

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Abimommy - if congress does want to re-write the 14th amendment, I believe the changes may have to be ratified by 3/4 of the states in the Union (had to double check the consitution on that one - see article V in it).
Yep, this is so.


I did see an article about birth tourism recently, it was a bit odd.

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It will end up going to the Supreme Court.

You know what DRIVES ME CRAZY about the 14th Amendment is that it has been used, repeatedly, to protect CORPORATIONS as if they were actual citizens:

http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/pers...ammerstrom.pdf


"Corporations, on the other hand, hijacked the Fourteenth Amendment and have used it to
consolidate their power in the U.S. and the world. Corporations have gained many of the
inalienable rights of humans guaranteed by the Bill of Rights with their status as “persons” under
the Fourteenth Amendment."
I'm with you on how corporations are viewed/handled via the consitutition. I'm still puzzling over the Supreme Court's decision regarding corporations being protected under 1st amendment (I think) when making campaign finance donations.

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http://www.latina.com/lifestyle/news...ng-capital-usa


This second one is graphic:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/05/19/...g.kidnappings/

My point: If you read the second article--imagine this happening 380 times a year in your town. This is almost impossible to stop when you have an uncountable number of undocumented people filling in and out. How are you supposed to catch a criminal when you have no information about them whatsoever.

I would like to point out that I am a migrant to this country. If I am expected to follow the laws, and you as citizens are supposed to follow the laws, why have people decided that Mexicans don't have to?

Do you guys know what they do to US citizens who cross into Mexico illegally? I don't. But I have heard it involves imprisonment,and I wouldn't doubt it.

Let me ask a hypothetical question.

If you were paying for a room in a hotel for the weekend, would you be a little upset if there were people roaming the halls and hanging out at the pool who had not paid for a room?

What if they start eating the continental breafast in the morning, so that there was none left for those who had paid for a room?

Doesn't quite make the best point, but you get the idea.

I really hope my post doesn't get deleted, just because it's different. I am not bringing politics into this, just my opinions. Which is what makes a conversation right? And we wanted a conversation?
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You bring an interesting point of view.

However, I feel like the people that the bill in the OP will target are a different section of people than are committing the crimes in your second article. (which is VERY graphic, BTW.) I guess I am not certain that the bill would stop the crime problems. The people who are committing these crimes are people who are operating well outside the law, and wouldn't so much pay attention to new legislation. Additionally, proposing a law that is contrary to the Constitution seems like a recipe for legal bog downs that will continue to do nothing to solve what is a very real problem.

I understand the anger and fear, but I'm not sure this is the way to go about solving anything.

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This second one is graphic:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/05/19/...g.kidnappings/

My point: If you read the second article--imagine this happening 380 times a year in your town. This is almost impossible to stop when you have an uncountable number of undocumented people filling in and out. How are you supposed to catch a criminal when you have no information about them whatsoever.

I would like to point out that I am a migrant to this country. If I am expected to follow the laws, and you as citizens are supposed to follow the laws, why have people decided that Mexicans don't have to?

Do you guys know what they do to US citizens who cross into Mexico illegally? I don't. But I have heard it involves imprisonment,and I wouldn't doubt it.

Let me ask a hypothetical question.

If you were paying for a room in a hotel for the weekend, would you be a little upset if there were people roaming the halls and hanging out at the pool who had not paid for a room?

What if they start eating the continental breafast in the morning, so that there was none left for those who had paid for a room?

Doesn't quite make the best point, but you get the idea.

I really hope my post doesn't get deleted, just because it's different. I am not bringing politics into this, just my opinions. Which is what makes a conversation right? And we wanted a conversation?
I'm all for conversation. I just don't understand how removing the 14th amendment would prevent any of this?
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I think the article in the original post is very unfairly making these people out to be racists. If you look at the news stories coming out of Arizona, you really cannot deny that the illegal immigration has brought the drug cartel in, and allowed them to run it amuck. I agree that not all illegal immigrants are here to sell drugs and kill people. But the point is that if they are here illegally, they are breaking the law. You cannot argue that. We have lawful immigration processes which need to be abidded by and respected. There are TONS of people who want to come here legally, how fair is it that someone can come here illegally, have a baby here, and the baby is a citizen, and then that family has "their foot in the door" for a lack of a better way to say that.
The part of Section 1 in the14th amendment was put their for the sake of the children of slaves. It is outdated. There is no other country in the world with laws that allow citizenship to anyone born in their country.

Here is a story about kidnappings and murders in 2005/2006 in Texas, right along the border, because of the drug cartels (not graphic I promise)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15984485/
This area, Laredo, had so many kidnappings and murders for years, al because of illegal drug cartel. The federal government would not help. They got almost no news coverage.

I not arguing this side for any fearful reasonings, I'm just trying to make the point that we don't rreally get because we all live in safe areas where we don't have to worry about this.
But they are at the point where they need to restore order. There are places all along the border that America has forgotten... they need help. They have been asking for it for years.
I don't think the amendment to the 14th will help immediately, but it will help it from getting worse.
They need to get the criminals out, secure the border so they can't come back in, and get the people who are here legal. Changing the 14th will make it less appealing to come here with no intention of legally migrating,and thus we will have fewer undocumented people, and easier to maintain order.
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bluebirdie, I would like to have a discussion, but I'm having difficulty responding to your post. First of all there is a lot of false information in your post, so that makes it difficult for me. You make some blanket statements that simply are not based on fact, for example:
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simply not true there are numerous countries that do just that.

you bring up drug cartels that cross the boarder, kidnap people take them to Mexico and then ransom their families in the USA. It's a terrible thing. I'm not getting how a person born here becoming a citizen would have anything to do with solving this problem. There is no doubt a need for stronger boarder protection. Are you thinking that persons born in this country who are legal citizens of the USA are going to kidnap someone then bring them to Mexico, a country they are not a citizen of for ransom? I'm really not following.

To say we don't really get it, is kind of insulting. You don't know where every person on this message board lives. You don't know what I get and don't get.

President Obama has recently committed an additional 1,200 national guard troops to patrol the US southern boarder. This is in addition to the heavy increase in armed patrol that has occurred over the last few years. To say the federal government does nothing is also not accurate. Just last week a US boarder patrol agent shot and killed a 14 year old boy attempting to cross illegally into the country.
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Well bluebird was speaking generally. She said "we" not "you." That doesn't seem to be offensive to me.


I don't think anyone would deny that reform is necessary, I think sometimes people take the most extremist path in order to negotiate back to where they want to be. I don't think what is being stated is the actual goal.

I do think it is a reasonable assessment that the Federal government hasn't done enough. I think there might be a lack of interest in taking actions that would make corporations unhappy. They can get rid of the unions if they can bring in migrant workers whether it is legal or not. Even if they receive a few wrist slaps it is a cost effective alternative to paying their workers a living wage

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When I look at what is being proposed by AZ in the article which will challenge the 14th amendment, I believe it is racism and class-ism which are both playing into this. Violence some, but I think that is more an effect of the violence being currently carried out all over the border in Mexico and spilling over into the US.

For me, my gut test is - would this proposal be suggested in any border State in the US? Not just to the South, but to the North, East or West which take in immigrants (legal and illegal). Would FL propose this kind of law given the # of Haitian or Cuban individuals? I can only speak to the North in WA and I'm pretty sure they don't feel the Canadians to be too much of a problem, and there is a drug problem there too.

There is something unique occurring in AZ right now, it would be key to watch NM and Texas to see what their legislative bodies choose to enact/pass in wake of what Arizona has done.

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here is the thing, having lived in Az and now moving back there after a couple years away... the whole idea that there is a HUGE issues with illegal immigrants killing people, selling drugs and kidnapping is all fear mongering. does it happen? yes, is it horrible when it does? YES! but most (as in the majority) of people crossing over illegally are coming to america for a better life. they are desperate. do i agree with them coming over illegally? no, but i do understand why they would do it. they come here for jobs, some decent healthcare, food. all things that we all want too. most are not selling crack on the street corners, kidnapping passers-by and killing border farmers.
as a nurse i have never once had an issue with offer healthcare to those in need be it a white american born poor person or an illegal immigrant who just needs help.
i hear too many scary stories about "i know someone who knows someone who knows someone who has killed by an illegal immigrant who was drunk driving." well i know some one in my own family who was driving drunk and he is legal and white. how is that different?
they are human beings. that is just how i see it. and because they are they deserve to be treated better then this. because most are just looking to better their lives not go on drug crazed killing sprees.
what gets the media coverage are the bad stories, the things to cause fear and hate.
as for the hotel scenario: well if i knew that the people coming to eat the "free" breakfast were starving, i wouldn't care at all.
but i try to not see people as just their nationality and their skin color. i try and see them as i would see my own family, how i would react and honestly i just seem them as people trying to better their life situation.
i am going to venture to guess that all people who are not NA and who can claim ancestry to the first white settlers here in america are illegal immigrants, yet we get to stay because we were born here.
i wonder if the illegal immigrants were from some country that was white, would there be such an up roar or would we be looking for ways to make it easier for them to become citizens?

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I did mention that I am not from this country right? 98% of my family does not live here. If someone from my family wanted to come to the US, because they were starving or whatever reason, I would suggest they should do it legally (after sending food-for whatever it's worth in this thread). If they came here illegally, I would not be opposed to them being arrested. Because they broke the law.

These people are coming here for a better life, most of them. And I think they should.

But if we are a country that is going to enforce it's laws, we need to do so equally. Not, illegal for most, but excusable for them because...

When someone is migating to the US, and they hear "the US doesn't enfore their immigrantion laws", what are they going to think? Are they going to decide to ignore the first law they are breaking, but then take every one seriously after that? Or will they think we don't necessarily enforce our laws? If the US doesn't take it's laws seriously, why should they?

My point about how AZ gets it, and the rest of the country doesn't is that they are right on the border, so they see illegal disregard for the law on levels that we do not.
In our towns (most of our towns), there are some illegal immigrants. But not so many, that the drug cartels run the town and we are seeing more than one kidnap per day.
If we do not stop the constant flow of illegally migrating people into the country, we will see more and more towns where this will be the case.
(not becaus illegal immigrants are bad, but when we give people the idea that it's ok to ignore some laws, there will be ignoring of more laws)

When we allow the babies of illegal immigrants citizenship, it's like we are making what the parents did "less illegal". And it also makes it tempting to come here and start a family before going through the legal process.
About 30% of the homes in my neighborhood are homes to illegally migrant families. They broke the law. I do not think they should be sent back to Mexico, but I do think they need to file proper legal paperwork, and learn english, so they enjoy a good quality of life. And I think if we changed the 14th, it would encouage people to come here legally, instead of just coming. There would be less incentive to do it illegally.

As far as different borders having different levels of security, that's not discrimination or racism, that's common sense. You put more security where there are more illegal crossing, kidnappings and murders. I don't hear too much about that on our other border.

to a pp--- in my previous post I was talking about the lack of federal govt involvement in helping the states against the drug cartels. The state and local police along the border are trying to keep it under control, but the police themselves get kidnapped or go missing, or members of their families. They simply cannot get it under control, and have been asking the fed govt to help for years, but it's like they don't even hear them

mamaofthree--- I would like point out that I am not scaremongering, or trying to. I have never seen stories like the ones I am talking about on tv. Granted I don't watch a ton of tv, but I do watch a lot of national news.
I am not talking about the occasional missing person, there is quite a bit of news about what goes on at the border, but you have to search online for it, because for some reason national news doesn't talk about it.
I would also like to say that I do not have visual in my head of a Mexican person harming a white person. In fact, most of the missing persons are Mexican. And when the illegal border hoping makes it harder to find Mexican citizens when they go missing because there is no documentation of where they are/were, when, etc.
And of course there are white people involved in the kidnappings,etc, too. I am not a racist.

I would also like to say that I am not Republican, Democrate, Independent,or any other political title that I know of, so if that helps you to be more open minded about what I am saying, then please read my post again.
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well, i have lived in AZ. and for the most part alot of the issues are race related. there is no push to stop illegal white people from entering the state. i am very ashamed that the state i called home for 23 years (and will be calling home again) is trying to make laws that go against our constitution.
when stories are spread that tell tales of drug running, killings, kidnappings, etc that is fear mongering. not that those things are not happening, but to the extent that they are reported it makes them seem like all illegal immigrants are doing those things, which they are not.
do i believe that they should come over legally? YES! but, like i said, i can see why they don't. how many mexican immigrants would we allow to become citizens? all that want too?

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bluebirdie, I would like to have a discussion, but I'm having difficulty responding to your post. First of all there is a lot of false information in your post, so that makes it difficult for me. You make some blanket statements that simply are not based on fact, for example: simply not true there are numerous countries that do just that.
Artgoddess, I've been doing my research this morning and only a tiny handful of other countries around the world allow citizenship based solely on being born inside its borders. I think its high time the United States changed this law. It's not just Hispanics who do this... other folks from other countries do this too and I feel it is if nothing else.. a strain on our country's resources. Because a tiny baby cannot stay here alone, we allow its mother and father and possibly even siblings to stay here.... merely because they were clever enough to time the mother's delivery with a visit to the U.S.
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I'm not here to debate at all because I'm sure my views are way outside the norm, but I do take some offense at something that was said, because it's very personal to me...

philomom & blubirdie- Well I'm personally glad that my DW's family was able to stay here because her mom got "lucky" enough to have her here, otherwise we would never have met. Would you like to hear how her mom got "lucky" enough to give birth here?

She and her husband in 1975 brought their 1 and 2 yr old across the border while she was 7 months pregnant with DW. She was stuffed into a trunk of a crappy car with 5 other people. Her belly was painfully smashed for hours in a sweltering trunk. Then the coyotes (transporters) were about to separate the women from the men (to rape the women- happens almost 100% of the time) but DW's mom and dad convinced them that she couldn't keep the two toddlers quiet without the husband's help. This was after the coyote rubbed his hands up and down her belly while saying nasty things in her ear, and she realized he was going to rape her if she was separated from her husband. This was also after ALL of the people were made to strip naked in front of everyone (man, woman, child and even the old, old women) to check for jewelry or money. They didn't just look you over to check, either. They physically checked everywhere. All valuables and cash had to be given to the coyotes or they would be shot. (So how are you to survive in the U.S. with no cash or valuables?) One man kept his wedding ring and wouldn't hand it over and he was shot in the head in front of everyone. Then the wife of one of the coyotes told her that she would take her youngest son from her (literally from her arms) if she didn't let her husband have his way with her. After she said no, she said that she would take him as soon as she was asleep. So, she didn't sleep at all the whole time. A fight between her husband and the coyote insued and her husband was almost killed. They left the family behind in the desert instead of taking them to San Diego. They found a ride in a truck full of farm workers and made their way up the coast to San Francisco. None of them knew any English. My DW was born here (at home with the help of a neighbor because they couldn't afford the hospital and they were too scared of being found out and sent back), but that didn't mean that they all got a free ride to stay. Oh no. They were all still illegal and scared. Only the dad got a job in construction and the rest of the family barely left the house for year, because they were scared of being caught and sent back. Finally the kids learned English when they started Kindergarten. And then the mom took English classes and became a citizen in 1996. The dad started a very profitable real estate/construction business with another man and went on to become very successful. They were never on food stamps or welfare or handouts (in fact they were so poor that they routinely didn't have electricity and once ate nothing but frozen soft pretzels for 2 months for every meal!), they always paid taxes, never had "under the table" jobs and became upstanding members of society. Every story of every person they knew that came here illegally is practically the same. Nothing was handed to them and they worked their way up the hard way.

So I guess she was "clever" enough to time the delivery here with that nice visit to the U.S. IMO, anyone that has to go through that hell to have their baby here can stay.

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philomom & blubirdie- Well I'm personally glad that my DW's family was able to stay here because her mom got "lucky" enough to have her here, otherwise we would never have met. Would you like to hear how her mom got "lucky" enough to give birth here?

So I guess she was "clever" enough to time the delivery here with that nice visit to the U.S. IMO, anyone that has to go through that hell to have their baby here can stay.

I never said anything about "being lucky" coming here illegally, or havng a baby here and staying illegally. Neither does your logic make sense to me. When people come here through a legal procedure, they are not exposed to a process where people can steal from them, shoot them, or rape them.

I would like to insert into the convo here that my parents brought me into this country illegally. I was 11, they brought me here, neglected to file the proper paperwork. I had my "foot in the door" because my baby was born here. I am legal now, but I went through a degree of hell. I lived a good portion of my life being told "no, you cannot pursue that goal, that dream, that avenue. you don't have the proper paperwork."
My parents may see what they did as some kind of service, good act, good parenting, whatever, but I see it as a series of crimes, lawful and moral, against me.
Coming here illegally is a bad decision, IMO. Even if you are escaping a worse living condition or scenario, you are basically putting yourself into a position of serfdom. (or putting your children into it).
You are allowed in the land, and allowed to make some (not very good) kind of living, but you have no rights. If you need to drive somewhere you either have to break the law to get a drivers liscense, or break the law and drive. Either way you risk fines, jail, etc. You are completely bound almost anytime you wish to do something that a person should be able to do.
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