Don’t get me wrong with the illegal alien issue.  I do believe we need strong, effective borders simply for the sake of order and the safety of our citizens that live along that border.  But our immigration laws have long been too complicated, too costly, and too time-consuming for citizen candidates.  I’ve known a few people along the way in my life that were trying to gain citizenship, and they told me of their struggles to work through the process.  I don’t know if these people were a good, average example of most citizen applicants, but knowing firsthand about how inefficient government is, I can honestly say that the process can’t be very easy or efficacious.  For these people that I knew, it was a very lengthy process, perhaps because they had complications in their case or because they were unable to get all the right documents or convince the right bureaucrat to approve them in various stages or because they had to pay legal fees to a lawyer to help them through a process which was too scary or complicated for a simple, honest person.  Again, I am looking at this through the lens of compassion, as my Father in Heaven would look at it. 

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. 
 


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10/23/2013 11:48pm

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03/08/2016 4:19am

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Citizenship should not be an issue because everybody should have the freedom to choose which country they should live in. The government can sometimes want to make peoples lives hard they require fees that are at times not necessary to pay. There are other matters that the government should pay attention to that require the need of a license but they ignore it. The acceptance of a nations citizen can help illegal aliens live their life the way they want to. Being kind and compassionate to others is a must no matter what country you are in.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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