by LaVaughn Marie Locke
April 16, 2005
I have read the policies of Immigration, its laws and by laws.
There is now an act that provides relief for thousands of illegals
here in the United States. Now known as the Life Act. For some
this is a promise of a new life. While others will find even
this cannot provide them with the help they need. Right now their
are thousands that are waiting for relief in other ways. They
are caught in the loopholes of Immigration. Married to United
States Citizens and still not eligible to enter. While some will
wait years going thru the legal system filing and refiling Waivers
others will never make it. Ones criminal history can destroy
any chance for freedom in the United States. They are not murders
nor terrorist. They are people that have admitted to small infractions.
Many have not been in trouble for years. Yes its true there are
Waivers for them. There is the process of filing for one visa
waiting for a denial then filing for the next one. The cost alone
is staggering. By the time many have filed it reaches into the
thousands not counting legal fees.
In America we are taught that
once a person has paid for a crime they cannot be made to pay
again. Yet isn't that what our Immigration system does? From
DUI's to being convicted of any type infraction the law says
no to them. Be the charges 6 months old to 5 years old or more
you are banned. Then the painful journey of laws and by laws
People make mistakes. People
change yet the law does not. Its time that congress, Immigration
and all those involved remember that America is the home of the
free. Where We are all human and make mistakes. Trying the legal
way to enter seems to be a punishment for those that only want
to be with loved ones.
I for one will keep reading,
learning and fighting for what I believe in. Freedom.
LaVaughn Marie Locke
Old Town, FL - USA
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