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  •  If I'm the hotel maid, (5+ / 0-)
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    judyms9, DRo, BachFan, HappyinNM, spacecadet1

    how's this supposed to work?

    I come forward to tell you I am here illegally, you put my name on a list, you run a criminal background check on me, and then you tell me to learn English well enough to pass a citizenship test so many years later and you tell me I owe fines and back taxes?

    Which should all be a breeze in my spare time and on a maid's income.

    Why would I want to do this? Why would I trust that this isn't a deportation scheme?

    Why don't you just give my kid a decent education and leave me alone.

    •  Good points. (1+ / 0-)
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      Nance

      I suspect these issues are what keeps many Hispanics from voting. Even f they are legal, some in their families may not be, and they don't want to call attention.

      Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

      by DRo on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:26:41 PM PST

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    •  There's more to the story. (1+ / 0-)
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      There are many immigrants who are here without their families. They can't visit them, because that means they'll have to cross the border to come back. If they have legal status or full citizenship, they can visit their families and act as sponsors for them, if that's what they choose. I don't know what kind of fines they're considering, but many undocumented workers have fake Social Security cards. That means taxes are withheld from their paychecks, but they don't file for refunds. The US just keeps all that money. In those cases, there probably wouldn't be any back taxes. If the government creates barriers for them, like a deportation scheme, that information will spread quickly. If this is real immigration reform, it will be a good thing for the immigrants.

    •  Back taxes might be a deal killer (0+ / 0-)

      for some folks. That might be decades of worth of taxes!

      Why should immigrants have to pay back taxes when Exxon pays NONE???

      The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

      by LiberalLady on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 05:52:34 PM PST

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