The Positive Side To Immigration
Immigration is a topic that is very close to the heart of Americans. Not because Americans are some big brutish people that hate other nations, cultures, or races, but because we are the most patriotic country in the world. That’s a fact. When immigrants come here illegal they mock our country, our laws, and take advantage of the freedom that America holds so highly. We understand there are extenuating circumstances but in the heat of the moment, we don’t see that, we see the colors, red, white, and blue and the fundamental patriotic core in our souls ignites.
According to The Migration Policy Institute, there are over 1,000,000 legal immigrants in the United States since 2014.
Not all immigrants are illegal. America is the melting pot of the world, we hold the record for the most immigrants to any nation in the world. That’s not a bad record to hold. Everyone who is an American, whether you’ve been here for generations or just a few years, is an immigrant one way or another. My ancestors came here from Germany, others came from Ireland, some came through Ellis Island. We are all immigrants. Unfortunately, the ones who come here illegally give a bad name to all of us.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services makes it very easy to get information about the process to enter the United States legally. They refer to it as “naturalization,” which is coming to America legally. They have a ten step process that breaks it down for anyone who is interested in entering the United States legally.
Determine if you are already a citizen….
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That seems very self-explanatory.
Determine if you are eligible to become a citizen.
Fill out their N-400 Naturalization application.
Submit the form.
Go to a biometrics appointment.
The government makes immigrants, who are becoming citizens, get fingerprinted.
Complete an interview.
You will receive a decision from the government about your application.
You will receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance.
Take the Oath.
You are now a citizen.
Now, of course, those step by step instructions read a lot easier than they probably are.
Immigration is hard for everyone involved. Sometimes, waiting for your application to be processed can take years. I personally have a friend who’s family waited fifteen years to hear back about their application. Yet, now they are here legally and he loves it here. He came from a country full of war, where he fell asleep every night wondering if he would wake up the next morning. His family could have very easily found a way to come to America illegally to escape war, but they didn’t. They waited, and it was very hard.
With the Syrian refugee’s being sent to different places right now, everyone is touchy about the subject of immigration, but it’s important. America is so great because of immigration. We have blended together and we have created a country that has wonderful tolerance for other nations. We are the big brother that looks out for everyone because of that immigration.
There is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Not only are the illegal immigrants making America look bad but they make the immigrants who came here legally, the ones who waited years to get here, look bad.
We are the melting pot and immigrants should never take advantage of that.
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