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Its Just the Right Thing To Do

Barack Obama takes the lead with immigration reform for kids who call the United States their only home.

Today is a great day for my country. A day where I can be, once again, proud of my President for standing up for what is right. Today it has been declared that American children will no longer be deported to lands they don’t know and will be given an opportunity to pursue their dreams.

"It makes no sense to expel talented young people who are, for all intents and purposes, Americans." Obama said. This policy is just, “the right thing to do”. 

Though this will not be implemented tomorrow, I hope to not have to tell another high schooler that soon, just wait, you will be able to get a drivers license. Soon, just wait, you will be able to go to Montreal with all of your friends. Soon, just be patient, you can do that awesome semester abroad. Just wait a bit longer, then you can get that part time job… Hey, if a Pulitzer prize is possible, why not all the in between?  I can talk about this forever, but I’ll try not to. Instead, here are excerpts from 2 exceptional ladies who call Framingham their only home. These ladies sent these letters to congress last month and here is a preview:

“I dream that I can be a permanent resident of the U.S, so that I can be an OBGYN and give back to my community. I also would love to get my driver's license and be able to work and get a college degree. I also hope that one day I can give back to others and teach English to ESL students. I love the education I have received and the community in which I live. I am willing to do what it takes to gain my residency if it can be made a possibility. My future depends on it.” 16 year old Y.R.A.

“I have worked and paid taxes since age 14. I travel within the country, I volunteer in my community, and I hold a well-paying finance job in the private industry thanks to a college degree. I have successful friends, many also immigrants, from many different countries, who are as thankful as I for their parents' decision to pursue an excellent quality of life. The difference between my friends and me is simple: they have the right to be here, and I don't. I have no legal right to be here, and routine everyday tasks can uncover my awful secret. I believe immigration reform is imperative to address the black hole so many of us find ourselves in and to help bring us out of the shadows. We are part of the team, and we have been for decades.” 29 year old A.L.J

Like Barack Obama said, politics and opinions aside, this is just the right thing to do. 

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Maria Gutemberg June 25, 2012 at 08:05 PM
It's very simple, Jim, and I'm surprised you don't know this with your vast knowledge of... (???) No one is awarded a work permit or green card based on their word. Thanks to the president's executive order, I've begun "gathering my paperwork" to prove who I am. This includes school transcripts, pictures, testimonies from teachers, employers, institutions for which I volunteer, my Brazilian passport, proof of my residency in Brazil prior to moving here... and the list goes on (it's LONG). It is the burden of the petitioner (the immigrant, me) to PROVE who he is. It is then the job of the government to investigate and approve or deny these petitions. The government can easily find out what we had for breakfast, if it wanted to. Are you naive enough to think it can't distinguish a fake passport from a real one? The cherry on top: I believe the cost of all this investigation and all the admin work required to approve one's process for legalization should be paid by the petitioner. In other words, if it costs the government $5,000 per person to do all the leg work, then the government should charge $5,000 per process. Here's a nice economy-stimulating bone for you; real job creation.
Kim Poness June 25, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Thank you so much for your incredibly thoughtful response, Maria! Honestly, I didn't understand that a green card was not "carte blanche". I'm seeing that there are a whole lot of immigration laws and statuses about which I am woefully undereducated. It's obvious that you've given this topic a great deal of thought and research. I suppose that makes sense given that they directly affect you and your future! And sadly, you are right - the group as whole is viewed as "scary job-takers". I love the way you put that. And I love your assessment of the situation as well as your take that the government needs to "clean house". I'm really glad you're here to offer me such a personal view. Thank you!
Kim Poness June 25, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Thanks, Kira - that did make me smile LOL.
Joe Rizoli June 25, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Kira, these people have NO STATUS at all, they are illegal. No law applys to them because, they are illegal. They can come and go anytime they want, because they are illegal. They can murder, rape, cause mayhem, bring disease, and leave the country, without being caught, because they are illegal. As to the Rizolis taken their asprins, we don't need to, the Citizens of Framingham are going to be paying for it till hell freezes over, that is the towns pill to swallow. When illegals can get dental and health coverage free without paying a dime over senior citizens or even myself who had worked thirty years, and some who have lived here all their lives, then some of you liberals might wake up as to what nonsense that is and what is fair, and in this case, not fair. The illegals here now and past are part of a corrupt cabal of persons trained in knowingly how to circumvent and to break the law. It has been taught to them, it works, and they aren't going to change. If you think these people will make upstanding honest Citizens sometime in the future, then I can sell you the Brooblyn Bridge cheap. America has been compromised, it has become the new Rome where it is finally on its last days as an empire. The same things that befell Rome are happening here now. The quality and mindset of these supposed potential Citizens is badly in need of a facelift. Most of you asked for it now except it. Joe Rizoli
Kim Poness June 25, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Maria/Kira - is there any sense of how long the investigation process is likely to take? And while folks are gathering their information and preparing for the investigation and decision by the government, are they considered "deportable"? Honestly, I'm not even sure what "deportable" offenses are . . . This reminds me a little of the common law marriage requirements in Massachusetts. If I'm not mistaken, before you can be considered to be in a common law marriage, you have to have be able to prove (through rent or mortgage receipts, joint tax returns, joint bank accounts, etc.) that you have actually been living as a married couple for some number of years. So . . . and tell me if this parallel is too far off the mark . . . basically, according to this executive order, you have to prove that you have been living as an American citizen for some number of years. Am I understanding this correctly?
Kim Poness June 25, 2012 at 08:54 PM
@Joe - can you, in good conscience, lump Maria in with your broad characterizations? She has lived here for 17 years, went to college on her own dime, and plans to open a business here. Brenda Crenshaw, on another post on the same topic, commented on the "80/20 rule". There was a good exchange there, including some comments from Jim. I'm curious about how someone like Maria would have returned to her native country once she turned 18?
Jim Rizoli June 25, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Maria shouldn't have any issues, she seems to be a willing participant. Now for the $ 5000.00 admin. cost.....ain't going to happen. The illegals will fight that hand over fist. How are they going to collect it? Unless the money is up front it will never happen. What they will do is compromise and say they can pay it off in monthly installments..... Ya right! You plan is a good one on paper.....just won't work in the real world. If it did it definitely would weed out the ones who really care from those that don't. Honestly....why would anyone want to be legal? They are making out just fine now without having to spend hardly anything. Once they became above board the spending marathon begins. Jim@ccfiile.com
Maria Gutemberg June 25, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I love your imagination, Joe. If you wrote science-fiction, I'd definitely read your stories.
Kira Gagarin June 26, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Kim: We don't know much about the process, yet. We know that those who qualify must have been here since 16 or younger, at least 5 years (time freezes June 15), no criminal record, be under age 30, and have finished highschool or be in highschool. The administration has said that it is NOT deporting those who seem like they would qualify for this. Other than that, details about the application process have not been released. We assume there will be a package put together to send to US Citizenship and Immigration Service that prove that the applicant meets those requirements. Maybe there will also be an interview (usually to go over submitted documents and inspect originals that are brought to the interview).
Joe Rizoli June 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM
What is being missed here is the interpretation of a "criminal record"? Is domestic abuse convictions part of that? Are misdemeanors part of that? DUI's? Is driving without a license covered under that? These are concerns. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/11/20/dream-act-allow-illegals-criminal-records-gain-residency-gop-says/ Another article: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/12/08/republicans-slam-dream-act-allowing-immigrants-criminal-records/ "But the bill is written more broadly than that, Republicans argue. According to a memo circulated by GOP aides on the Senate Judiciary Committee, there are a host of crimes illegal immigrants would be allowed to commit and still qualify -- assault, domestic violence, sexual abuse, reckless driving and various types of fraud among them" Is this part of the criminal record or do we have as always the "exceptions" for the illegal community that would throw regular citizens residents in jail? Joe Rizoli
Joe Rizoli June 26, 2012 at 01:02 AM
As to Maria good for you, maybe you can rub off on the rest of your 62% of the community that will fail the Dream Act, that will become their own nightmare. Joe Rizoli
Kira Gagarin June 26, 2012 at 02:13 AM
A DUI will disqualify you, most likely. So will a DV conviction. Driving without a license should not hinder you from qualifying, if just once. Just to follow up on that... A DV conviction means that an immigrant is mandatory detention. Meaning, if he or she is detained there is NO possibility of a bond being set. Also tough to get bond with DUI's, though thats not mandatory detention. Hope that clears your questions, Joe. Jim, where did you get the 62% number? Also, of course most people don't qualify for the Dream Act (I thought it would be higher than 62%). It is directed at a very limited segment of the undocumented population.
Jim Rizoli June 26, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Maria....You're a great asset to the cause, it's too bad you don't have more who are like you. Jim@ccfiile.com
Donald Wendt June 26, 2012 at 04:30 AM
82.56% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
Maria Gutemberg June 26, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Jim, with all due respect, you're a moron. I have dozens of friends just like me, who have friends just like me, who know people just like me. You are too close minded to notice. You have what we call a scarcity complex. I like to work with those who look for a solution, not those who only see the problems. You seem to only have eyes for problems. It's unfortunate, and it's a waste of time.
Joe Rizoli June 26, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Maria ,Jim compliments you and you call him a moron. Gee, who really is looking for solutions? Now, for the THIRD time posted here, the 62% was taken from this article first page lower left bottom of page, how about reading it. It's only been posted three times already counting this time. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/DREAM-Insight-July2010.pdf Maria, when you become an American Citizen are you going to be An American or a hyphenated American? http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyphenated_American When you become an American will you do the same thing your parents did and think the same way they did by having no regard for the rules of America and its immigration laws by helping illegal immigrants come to this country with no regard for rule of law, or are you going to have an epiphany that these action are wrong as a newly made American and set a wonderful example for the world to see. Maybe then I'll need an asprin, I'll be so overjoyed. Joe Rizoli
Jim Rizoli June 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Maria...I'm a little taken back by your response. I guess you're showing your true colors. You might just want to worry about yourself as the actions of some of your compardres might not be something you would be proud of. I gave you the benefit of the doubt not really knowing you. Be it as it is, I will not sink to the same low. Jim@ccfiile.com
Donald Wendt June 26, 2012 at 01:02 PM
"In an age when human capital is the ultimate resource both for individuals and societies, the legislation would provide stability and opportunity to these young all but-Americans whose education and career prospects are otherwise extremely limited. Many potential beneficiaries would, no doubt, be highly motivated by the prospect of obtaining legal status, and the DREAM Act’s requirements would help ensure that those who do would be well integrated into the fabric of US life and solidly on course for future economic success." Thanks for sharing Joe.
Kira Gagarin June 26, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Nice quote, Donald. I haven't read the article posted by Jim but sounds reasonable... Jim, I don't have the time to read all the articles you post. I opened one but it was 75 pages. I have a job that I work over 40 hours at, like most of the population. Thank goodness I'm self employed of my boss would have blocked patch on my computer this week!! One day I will retire and catch up on all of the reading I have on my to do list.
David Nolta June 26, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I am against calling Jim a moron.
John Sullivan June 28, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Jim/Joe - I just read an interesting article that discussed illegal immigration and thought I'd share. Apparently most economists believe that illegal immigrants (thought to represent about 5% of the labor force) actually INCREASE the wages of Americans (including legal immigrants). It is not just that they are doing the jobs no one else wants for below average wages. But because there is a large body (some estimates 10-11 million, but obviously hard to know for sure) of these illegal immigrants who work for low wages, they reduce costs of production. Also, since there are so many of them, they are also spending money to consume goods and services. (I know you think they ship it all back out of the country, but you must admit they spend something on their own living expenses). The combination of lower costs of production and higher demand for goods/services results in increased demand for labor and hence higher wages for all. Just thought that was an interesting and unexpected analysis (and one apparently held by majority of economists) and thought you might be interested.
Jim Rizoli June 28, 2012 at 01:55 AM
John....that's one persons viewpoint, I personally don't agree. Check this out.... http://tinyurl.com/7one6vl If that was the case they would be making $15.00 per hr instead of being paid $8.00. How is that "higher wages" for all. I know body shops that have fired the American working there and hired two illegals. How is that good for the country? They all start doing it and here we have depressed wages, or as I call it slave wages. If people cared so much about the illegals why don't they pay them more, or at least a livable wage? Jim@ccfiile.com
Joe Rizoli June 28, 2012 at 04:11 AM
John, where is the link? You didn't get the article in a magazine that said Elvis is still alive did you? Actually, the illegals bring wages down. Why else would they be hired? Are you going to hire an illegal outfit that charges you MORE money? I really doubt it, your logic makes no sense, or dollars. Get the link for me. I do read everything even Ellvis. After all, I did go out for a coffee latte with him last week . Joe Rizoli
John Sullivan June 28, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Sorry - Here's the link: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/the_breakfast_table/features/2012/_supreme_court_year_in_review/supreme_court_year_in_review_justice_scalia_offers_no_evidence_to_back_up_his_claims_about_illegal_immigration_.html But if you just google "illegal immigration economic impact" the first half dozen links also all reference the arguments supporting the analysis in the link. (Just saying that this link is not some random way out there cornball opinion).
Jim Rizoli June 28, 2012 at 02:33 PM
John....The problem is we are allowing low wage people to come here that don't help the country as a whole. They end up costing us more by all the Freebies they get. So how is any of that a good thing? It's just a matter of time before it catches up to us here. It already has in regards to illegals and their buddies bring drugs into the town. Look at the paper today it seems like the incidences of drug related arrests are increasing. Give them a low wage job and the drugs follow to supplement their incomes. Jim@ccfiile.com
Joe Rizoli June 28, 2012 at 03:34 PM
The link quoted partially here: "Supreme Court Year in Review Justice Scalia is upset about illegal immigration. But where is his evidence? By Richard A. Posner" "Justice Scalia cites nothing to support it" This Posner guy sites nothing to support his views either. You want respectable sources, listen to Frosty Wooldridge http://reclaimourrepublic.wordpress.com/tag/frosty-wooldridge/ He's traveled the world and has lived on areas hit by illegal immigration first hand. We interviewed him here in 2006 on the Boston Common http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGKCtCcqNVE&sns=em Frosty and crew and the Rizolis were later run out of Boston needing a Police escort. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5fzYRNEIfs&sns=em There is nothing good about illegal immigration. Those who defend it in their various ways either have illegals working for them, or, belongs to a religious persuasion totally ignorant and Biblically and socially out in left field. Illegal immigration is like cancer, how much is a good thing? This is what you have to look forward to with illegal immigrants, especially when they win a soccer game. http://m.youtube.com/?reload=3&rdm=m3btwwff Just out of control arrogant people that think they can do whatever they want.  Joe Rizoli
Jim Rizoli June 28, 2012 at 04:13 PM
What makes it even more amusing is the illegals laugh at the American apologist all the way to the bank, saying how stupid can people be to let "US" (illegals) in here and devastate a country economically and have them actually think they (Americans) are doing it for the right cause. Hard to believe we are where we are now. In regards to religions role in the matter.....some people speak with folk tongue. http://amren.com/features/2012/06/israels-opereation-wetback/ Jim@ccfiile.com
Kira Gagarin June 28, 2012 at 04:18 PM
israels-opertion-wetback? hehe. That sounds like an excellent source of news ;) Jim and Joe, are you retired? Hope you don't take that as an offense, I am just wondering. This patch following/addiction is becoming very time consuming for me, so I am just wondering if you do other things? I admit, this is not relevant to the article and you don't have to indulge if you don't wish to.
Jim Rizoli June 28, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Kira....Sure it's related.....Israel is actually doing it right over there in how they are handling the illegals that come into their country. Imagine me complimenting Israel! Why the Jewish folks here aren't taking the same stand in America is beyond me. My brother and I spend a lot of time producing video for our two cable shows. We get to go all over Mass and even out of State working in interesting topics. Our latest Rizoli TV show # 12 deals with Town history, Ruggs/Gates house, Clayes House and Salem. http://blip.tv/the-weekly-show/rizoli-tv-12-6228040 I'm going out today to do something on General Chemical, E-verify, and whatever else comes into mind. So we are pretty productive people that actually use our time wisely. If you want to be on the cable show you are most welcomed. Maybe you'll get some customers...... Jim@ccfiile.com
Joe Rizoli June 28, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Kira for myself I actually work for the schools . I am out on break right now. Also getting an I touch has made it very easy to check the Patch news and check emails. Most of my comments posted are from typing on the ITouch, which is quite challenging. I will say it has been educational dealing with this topic even though some post by a few of you were really unnecessary and mean spirited and were character asassanations, but we can take it, it is expected. Joe Rizoli

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