Citizenship should not be that complicated or costly. Just a green card will cost most people over one thousand U.S. dollars for the application and the biometric/fingerprinting fee. I believe the naturalization fee (the last step in this process) is another $680. Of course, someone has to pay for the costs, and certainly the prospective citizen should have to pony up something significant for the whole process, but it sounds like a lot of money for someone who is doing manual labor that doesn’t pay very much. Moreover, these are just surface costs. I know from working through other government processes that there are usually hidden costs with additional procedures or processes that pop up in between the major stages. We lived in Alexandria, Virginia, in the Washington D.C. metro area, for two years. Being that close to the nation’s capital, the local government has absorbed many of the bad habits of our national government, so they are very good at senseless complications and bureaucracy.
There are complicated legal fees and requirements to do just about anything in life there. You even have to have a license for owning a dog. Moreover, trying to get a driver’s license or get one renewed or getting the car tag are all major ordeals with a long list of documents that they may or may not require. Chances are, if you don’t have one of those documents, that’s the one that they will ask for. And the basic cost for these services assumes that your situation has no complications and that you have all documents that they might possibly ask for. If you are missing something or if there are complications in your situation, then that will probably trigger more costs and time to ameliorate the situation. Government processes are scary enough for longtime citizens sometimes. I cannot imagine how difficult they are for someone who may not speak the language very well and may have different customs such that our customs and processes seem very strange and even frightening.
So, regardless of how the millions of illegal aliens got here, the fact is, they are here. So, as Americans, we should look to our founding principles and simply embrace these new people and try to help them assimilate. They are not going to upset the apple cart of our various systems and processes, which are already fairly jacked up at present anyway. In fact, they are going to make our culture richer just as our ancestors made America a little more culturally rich. Also, these new people are going to help us to be a little wiser as a nation when we encounter new ways of doing things and new ways of thinking. This is the same process that has made us great as a people, taking the best ideas and processes of all the new people coming into our culture, respecting and honoring those new traditions, and giving the new people a respectable place at the table. Every single one of us came to these blessed shores as aliens by way of our ancestors who were leaving their home countries, wanting freedom and economic success. We should not forget where we came from and how hard it probably was to come to a new land. Knowing that, we should have more compassion for these people that are already here.
I pray that you will have a blessed day, and I pray that, if you have a chance, that you will show a little kindness to these people who are new to our country, or if you are from another country outside the U.S., that you will remember to be kind to people who are new to or are visiting your country.