Local advocates weigh in on immigration reform

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Posted: Sunday, February 3, 2013 11:45 pm | Updated: 10:55 am, Fri Feb 8, 2013.

Zulima Lugo-Knapp came to the United States from Venezuela 11 years ago to learn English and teach her kids the importance of having a multicultural worldview.

Now an adjunct professor at Missouri Western State University, she and her children have obtained permanent residency and will begin the process of becoming U.S. citizens.

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  • JamesBond posted at 8:51 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    JamesBond Posts: 4767

    I am outraged that they say "COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM" when they really only mean Amnesty. Obumer sees this as an opportunity to utilize 10++ million illegals to instant citizens and almost the same time bring in another 15 to 20 million "family members" and with 30 million new Democrats effectively destroy the nation. The end of Democracy.....the dend of capitalism.......the end of our Judeo-Christian culture.

    No person who has ever illegally crossed our border should ever....EVER.....have a right to cast a vote. PERIOD.

    I can accomodate a green card. There is no way to shove all these people back where they came from.

    another absolute is to discontinue this practice of allowing illegals to legitimize their baby just by being in this country at the moment of birth. That is an essential change to restore a letitimate country.

  • falcon46 posted at 1:31 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    falcon46 Posts: 296

    Where does Sam Graves stand on this immigration reform? Might be good to ask him, since we have the Blunt and McCaskill comments. Or maybe he is still "unavoidably detained." If our elected congressman will respond to the media, might also ask where he stands on Obama gun control suggestions.

  • robsann posted at 7:35 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    robsann Posts: 22

    Ms. Lugo-Knapp.. I think if you put it to a vote of American's you'd find a majority don't want illegal aliens in this country. If they didn't come here legally then they are law breakers and have respect in the first place for US laws. They just want a free ride which is what they have had. They need to go back to their country and THEN and ONLY THEN apply and wait for their time to come here the LEGAL way ! IF they are already here illegally they have NO incentive to ever become legal. Notice I said ILLEGAL aliens NOT immigrants that here legally.

  • robsann posted at 7:37 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    robsann Posts: 22

    Sam can't make his views known until it comes time to vote and he see's which way might be best for him in the long run.

  • JamesBond posted at 9:48 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    JamesBond Posts: 4767


    In the 1980s we went through this same foolishness and we were assured that the choice of making folks go through a "process" to become legal would work.

    It was AMNESTY and it didn't work. 20 years later and we are back in the soup.

    Once a person comes over the fence they should be inelgible for citizenship in this country in perpetuity. They choose to defy our laws....they should NEVER be a "citizen". I would utilize an arrangement for selected ones, with certain conditions to have a worker status and I wouldn't deport anyone (except the 18% criminals)......but voting citizenship.........NO WAY.

    I would also have a 10 year period of absolutely NO welfare. And, after 10 years ONLY people who have paid their fair share.

    And, lastly the baby scam...........NO MORE. Being born is this country is no longer a basis for citizenship.


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