I'm sure you have all heard that the Immigrant Reform Bill is on the floor for debate today.
Many of you think Immigrant Reform wont effect you.
Immigrants are a huge part of this county, and forcing them to leave is going to have a serious backlash on all US Citizens.
I am talking about the overwhelming number of people, such as myself, that will be forced to apply for government assistance/welfare, because their spouse has been deported from this country.
Hi, I'm Jodi... Many of you know me, but not all know my story.
I am an American Citizen, my parents, their parents, and so on are from the United States... I can proudly trace my heritage back to my Native American Ancestors.
My husband of 5 years, is Mexican. He has been here illegally for over 10 years.
He currently supports our family of 7, which consists of myself, 5 children, and my husband.
Out of those 5 children, only 2 are his. The other 3 are from a previous marriage.
ALL 5 kids are American Born Citizens.
If my husband is deported, I will be FORCED to apply for government assistance, because I can not afford to work AND pay childcare for my children.
Sadly, this is the case for millions of other families, where either 1 parent, or the children are US Citizens, and the other parent is illegal.
Besides the hardship that will befall all of the families whose spouse would be deported:
Consider, as a parent, the difficulty in giving up your children. If you were the person who was deported; would you not take any risk to be reunited with them. The immigrants run the risk of being shot every time they cross the border. If it meant that you may never see your children again, ask yourself if you would take that risk?
Are you willing to have your taxes increased to cover the overwhelming cost that will be created when all of these families are forced to seek financial and medical assistance, because one or both of the parents have been deported?
Who is going to pay for all the foster care that will be needed for children who are left here because the parents are illegal, and they know the child(ren) WILL have a better life here?
Most immigrants come here to work, they pay taxes which includes Federal, State, Social Security and Medicare. Although they cannot claim any tax benefit such as Social Security or Medicare, even though they pay into it.
The politicians are only telling you what they think will get them re-elected, and add to the exaggerated claims of all the so-called harm the undocumented workers are creating. More jobs are lost to the "favored" nation status given China, than all of the illegal immigrants in this country. If you don't believe me, look at the country of original on every product you buy in the next two days.
Look beyond what the politicians are saying; and think for yourself. How many people do you know that has actually lost their job to an illegal immigrant?
Ask your state and federal representatives for a fair immigration policy that allows for immigrants to apply for legal status. Set policies and restrictions that are fair and reasonable.
Currently if an illegal applies for legal status, even if they have been in this country for 10 years; they must leave the USA (and their families) for a minimum
of 1 year before they can apply. This does not mean they will be granted a visa... it just means until they can submit an application.
They may never be given a visa, and then can be legally barred from re-entry to the United States.
Please make a stand to help families like mine, along with millions of others, by calling your senators.
Tell them you SUPPORT reform that will provide legalization, protecting the rights of Workers, and most importantly, keeping families united.
Below you will find the Senator information by state, including phone numbers.