My short bio: I was brought into the United States with my parents in 1996 at the age of 1 and a half. We arrived by plane from Trinidad and Tobago, and we've been here ever since. We lived in Queens, NY until I was about 12, when we moved to a lower to middle class suburb near Atlanta, GA. I've lived my entire life knowing really only American culture firsthand.

Ask away. I don't think I really want to drag any contentious political discussion into this, so I'd appreciate if relatively neutral questions could be asked. If anyone reading this is facing the same thing I am, just know you're not alone in the terror and uncertainty and I'm making this post for you.

My Proof:

EDIT: This is really overwhelming. I went to bed an woke up to a flood of posts that I would genuinely like to respond to, so give me some time! Thank you everyone for your interest, I'll do my best to give my views.

EDIT2: I am more overwhelmed than when I made that first edit, if thats even possible.

To the other DACA recipients reading this feeling numb and scared the last few days:

I love you. You are valuable. You are an American, and you are deserving of all the benefits of this country, and you are deserving of a chance to reach your full potential in this place that is your home. I don't know what's coming, but we have to push on.

Fight the good fight, link with activist groups, seek out pro bono legal advice, support each other.

We didn't ask for this, and we don't deserve to be punished or pushed out of our home to somewhere that is definitively not our home.

EDIT 3: SHOUTOUT TO /r/DACA! If you want to know more about what DACA recipients face, or if you're a DACA recipient and want to know what other people are planning to do next, go there.

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Arcturion478 karma

I'm sure you would have heard of the floodgates argument, which goes something like this :-

If you allow undocumented immigrants to come into the United States and to stay illegally, and then give them a pathway to become citizens while in the United States, this will encourage immigrants from all over the world to flood into the United States.

What are your thoughts on this?

(I've tried to phrase this as a neutral question, but feel free to ignore this if it causes discomfort)

Edit: Just to be clear, I am genuinely interested in the POV of someone whose life will be personally affected by how America decides to deal with this issue. We already heard from the 'experts', newsfolk and politicians on this matter; perhaps he will share a new perspective or insight that people not in his shoes may not have thought of.

ILikeLenexa108 karma

This is a non-issue for 1 year olds. They can rarely afford to buy plane tickets or make independent decisions about where to live.

millyrocklikewho113 karma

I think so too. It really sucks to get caught up in the middle of these really complicated issues at this point in history. I didn't ask for any of this, but people direct vitriol at me like I'm sub-human or criminal.

Up until this point, I've just been going to school and coming home and pursuing hobbies, dreaming about the world, etc. the same as anyone else. I barely thought about immigration status.

This whole thing has just been very confusing and disorienting.

crackanape22 karma

Opinions are irrelevant.

There's only one important thing: Correcting for other factors, has DACA resulted in more immigration, yes or no? It doesn't matter what people think will happen, since we can simply study what actually happens.

millyrocklikewho3 karma

Probably not. As in, it didn't bring people here that weren't already here. DACA has a hard limit on the kinds of people that qualify for it, which only about 1.2 million people have been approved.

The requirements are as follows:

  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;

  2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;

  3. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;

  4. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012; Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and

  5. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Sponge-worthy185 karma

So your parents have just perpetually overstayed their visas?

goldenmirrors303 karma

That's how many undocumented individuals start out in the US. I think people automatically think of people physically crossing the border, but a large portion is visa overstays.

bennnndystraw161 karma

Yeah. My father is now a citizen (through marriage, but marriage is really only the start of the citizenship process, there's literally years of paperwork and lines after that) and he talks about how there were times he was illegal. Not by entering illegally, but by missing a renewal or stretching his student visa a bit beyond its life. He's very conservative, but illegal immigration is his one sticking point.

He knows how easy it is to technically be illegal, even without intending to be. And yet those numbers get added to the "illegal immigration" total because they sound scary and drum up votes. When in reality a lot of them are actually people trying to do it right, and getting stuck in the convoluted system.

For example, he tells stories of lining up at the embassy in the wee hours of the morning to do paperwork, line wrapped around the block. Then coming to the front of the line only to discover that the office closed while he was in line. Then doing the same thing the next time it opened. It sounds seriously disheartening.

millyrocklikewho3 karma

I wish more people knew about stories like this. "Illegal immigration" is a dog whistle label for a broad range of complex and incredibly messy circumstances that puts people under the burden of being labeled as criminals because people don't understand the immigration system.

bgarza185 karma

No answer to this one yet, I am curious as well.

millyrocklikewho1 karma

The answer is no.

Love_LittleBoo1 karma

I don't understand why this isn't more questioned, sure it's sad that his parents screwed him over, but they did, very much, screw him over.

millyrocklikewho1 karma

Not quite. My mom's only crime was dying before I could see my petition for naturalization through her to the end.

Sarcasticalwit2169 karma

You've been in the US for 20 years...couldn't you apply for citizenship? The tests are based on stuff you should have learned in school.

millyrocklikewho468 karma

Good question.

Citizenship is basically impossible to get. It is not easy at all, unless you get married, have a direct family member here who is a citizen, or have some extenuating circumstance like fear of persecution or death in your home country (so you're basically a refugee or an asylee). You can get sponsored through work, but that process carries so. Much. Baggage. And people are subject to a lot of abuse and manipulation very frequently because they're desperate.

It's also quite expensive. You can file the paperwork on your own, but there are so many different documents and directions and guidelines that all break down into such specificity that you need to follow everything to a T lest you get your paperwork denied or sent back for correction (and this takes months to work through sometimes). Most people opt to get lawyers, and those run into the dozens of thousands in some cases. Many people are manipulated by predatory lawyers who exploit their desperation for legal status and take their money, give them the runaround, then disappear or do nothing.

I actually could be a citizen right now. Parent to child naturalization is the quickest, most direct route there is outside of maybe marriage to a citizen, I believe. My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in my freshman year of high school (2008), so money and energy was very tight in the final few years of her life. My mother did file a petition for citizenship on my behalf, and it was approved, but she passed in 2013 before we could move to the next step.

Essentially, my petition went into limbo after she died. 3-4 years and several thousand dollars later, I'm back on the path, but it's only because of some clauses that were changed around during the Obama administration that extends certain exceptions previously only made for the surviving spouses of those that took the marriage route but then lost their spouse (as in, they died).

You can read more about it here.

Arcturion156 karma

Do you know what were the reason(s) your family decided to come over to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago, and if so what were they?

millyrocklikewho206 karma

Specifically? I've heard this and that from my dad but I just never thought about it really. It hasn't been really something I've had to think about. Overall I think it was just in pursuit of a better life. The U.S. carries a certain mythos in Trinidad (probably a stronger, more positive one then than now to be 100% honest).

He was in the U.S. when he got news that my mother was pregnant and from what I understand he fell in love with the place so he wanted to bring us here eventually. I can ask my father more detail when he wakes up if anything and I'll definitely edit this post later with what he says.

EDIT: Typos, it's late :D

TBagginMachine-18 karma

What a dumb question. Have you seen Trinidad and Tobago? Enough said.

millyrocklikewho18 karma

I think that's harsh. It's a young nation with the struggles that young nations face.

naruto015112 karma

Hey dude, I'm just like you. How do you feel?

Mountainman620198 karma

Not OP, I'm pretty freaked out. I was admitted to a great college starting in the fall but it all seem pointless. I won't be able to get a job, I won't be able to work off my debts.

I also feel like I don't belong anywhere, here it's clear that I'm not wanted but my heart doesn't belong where I was born. I know nothing of the culture and am just as American as anyone else.

naruto01575 karma

Thats so understandable, you were barely starting your life, a life too where you could pay back the opportunity you were given. We want to prove ourselves to this country and we cant. As for the lonely feeling, im feeling like that too, i feel like an outsider now. I feel empty inside and i havent been able to sleep.

I graduated in december, im an engineer, ive worked so fucking hard to get to this point in my life and now itll be gone in january. I held 3 jobs and school before this job and it was all for so angry and sad and hopeless and then happy with friends but then sad that I'll be losing the entire life i built here. Ill be more of a stranger back at home...

millyrocklikewho41 karma

That's such an accurate way to put it. I want to go to school just like you, but for computer science. I've never wanted anything more, but all of this sliver of a ghost of an opportunity to move forward with my life is being taken away on a whim.

It's very difficult to hold together and be strong, but please try. I love you, and I know it's difficult to feel like anyone cares, but please know that there are people that do. We have to keep fighting.

millyrocklikewho95 karma

Numb. Isolated. I bawled my eyes out election night. I had so much hope that Hillary would win, if only just to preserve my livelihood and place in this country. I have friends who are immigrants or know immigrants as well, but none of them really know what this feels like.

I don't know what's coming, but I'm trying to minimize the damage it's going to have on my future. I have such a strong zeal for improving this world and it hurts for people to tell me that I'm not working hard enough or that I belong somewhere else, or just tough shit. I didn't fucking ask for this.

RoosterClan21 karma

I'm in the same boat as you man. I was brought here when I was 4, and haven't left these borders since. My experience is a little unique, in that I was completely fucked by the system. My mother, little infant brother, and I came here in 1989. At some point in the late 90s or early 00s, we were given our legal status, except that although my mother and brother received their green cards in the mail, mine didn't come. I waited and waited, and waited some more, for a couple of years. Then one day (I was about 15 or so), i received a letter telling me to go to the local INS office for fingerprinting. My uncle was a bit perplexed by this, but my mother assumed it was in order to receive my card. I, being 15 and having lived my entire life in America, felt all this to be inconsequential. After all, I'm a typical American teenager just wanting to go to football practice and doing my homework. My uncle came with me to the office, and coincidentally ran into a relative there who happened to be translating for a recent arrival from the same country as me. The recent arrival's name? U/roosterclan. Same exact name as me. When we finally got to speak to someone at the office, we realized that because both of us had the same original name and both were uniquely changed in spelling upon arrival to the exact same new name (if that makes sense), our papers were mixed up. They sent me a letter to give fingerprints again and start the whole process over again, although the letter was only intended for him. My original status? Washed away because they thought it was a duplicate and only his file was kept. I had no green card to speak of because it never came in. Only thing I had was my A#, and they were able to find some hint of my legal status, but not enough. They said they'd look into it.

I'm 32 now. I have never been able to get a solid answer from the INS. I have never filed for DACA because I was given employment authorization, as this a SS#, as a child because we were granted asylum. I have been paying taxes since I was 14. I read, write, and speak English better than anyone I know personally. I have a degree in English. I have a full time job. I am married three years to my natural-born citizen wife, and we have a brand new baby girl. I drive an American car, I root for American teams, I don't speak any language but English (not the language of my birth nation), I have never been convicted of a crime nor arrested for that matter, and I am uncertain of what my future in this country looks like.

millyrocklikewho16 karma

Oh my god. I am so fucking sorry, man. This is exactly what I'm talking about when I try to get people to understand that immigration in this country and what constitutes an "illegal immigrant" or someone out of status IS NOT BLACK AND WHITE. People get caught up in human fucking errors every day, people are fucked over every day even though they "do it right". You have my eternal sympathy and I pray this country gets its head right on immigration before too long.

CrowOfDusk-19 karma

By deporting you and your family and continuing that policy with future immigrants who overstay their visas or otherwise come here illegally we'll prevent these situations from happening in the future.

Been here your whole life? You're right - it would really suck to be deported back to a native Country where you don't know the culture or speak the language. It's not exactly fair.

We should have deported your parents the moment they overstayed their visa. You wouldn't have grown up here for so long, and wouldn't be in this situation.

We can prevent this from happening to future generations by enforcing our immigration policies.

millyrocklikewho17 karma

My mother and her mother are naturalized citizens. I actually don't know if she overstayed her visa, to be frank. I didn't ask, and there was never any reason to tell me. That should hopefully tell you something about people like me. We are human, and our circumstances are deserving of compassion. I'm actually even entitled to citizenship, but you're telling me I should be deported. For what, exactly?

morecoffee8971 karma

You have my sympathy. If you want more compassion I'd lose the word "entitled" as you communicate your very unfortunate situation. For all those that like and learn from history I recommend the book "A History of the American People" by Paul Johnson. Legal immigration when America had limitless free land needing to be settled was a completely different situation and the context for the words on the statue of liberty. Today's equivalent of limitless land is a job and the pursuit. Unfortunately, when citizens can't find jobs or believe in their version of the American dream, illegal immigrants will be perceived as their competition. My utopia - It would be great if the whole world had equivalent cultures to pursue life, liberty and happiness then immigration would be solved.

millyrocklikewho2 karma

Well, the visas/green cards for parents seeking to naturalize their children are unlimited in number. I don't think entitled is an entirely inaccurate term. If it's too distracting, then let's say guaranteed as long as I maintain elibiglity (as in, no crimes committed by myself and I don't leave the U.S.).

zulufoxtrot1-15 karma

Did your parents not come on student visas like you stated above? If that's true then they were granted on the condition that they were temporarily allowed to go to school here. And from what I can tell your parents were no longer going to school and decided to try and stay anyways right? Sorry bro, I don't like it or think it's fair, but you are definitely not entitled to be here.

millyrocklikewho13 karma

I actually don't too much about the specifics pertaining to my parents immigration circumstances. I do know that my mother came here with a degree and worked until she died. She was naturalized, and that most definitely entitles me to citizenship. I'm on the path, actually. If you don't understand immigration laws, please educate yourself about what does and doesn't entitle someone, what is and isn't possible, and the very real consequences of overstepping or doing something wrong in the process. People don't generally play around with immigration, man. We are not criminals. People get caught in the cracks all the time, and there needs to be an answer for them.

zulufoxtrot1-16 karma

There is an answer, you just don't like it. Also you frequently admit you don't know much about the particularities of your parents situation, yet you seem so confident everything was on the up and up, how the hell would you know? Sounds like if anyone needs to study up it's you bro.

millyrocklikewho11 karma

Eh, I know that I'm not getting deported anytime soon regardless of what Trump has done. I'm fine, my parents did it right.

LexLuthor2012-7 karma

How can you say your parents did right if you've admitted numerous times that you don't even know what process they went through? Personally I think if a kid is brought here legally but grows up here they should be allowed to stay. However I also think there needs to be a hard Crackdown people who willfully come here illegally now so as to not set a precedent that we are lax on illegal immigration. My parents came here in the eighties legally and even though it was hard they spend over a decade working for their citizenships. The process is difficult for a reason, we cannot as a nation afford to take in every desperate person or we will collapse

millyrocklikewho7 karma

We're talking about Rampart here, can we please stay on topic?

RedditTruthPolice-44 karma

I had so much hope that Hillary would win, if only just to preserve my livelihood and place in this country.

if you are not here legally, you don't have a place in this country anyways. If you are here legally, then great to have you--legal immigration is what has made this nation stronger over the last 240 years, and I welcome you with open arms.

millyrocklikewho24 karma

Thanks, when I get my green card, I'll remember to find you so I can take my place between your arms, baby. Be sure to keep 'em open in the meantime, your individual arms mean so much to me.

RedditTruthPolice-49 karma

i don't care what the hell you do, just do it legally. and don't turn our country into whatever third world shithole you and your family came from.

millyrocklikewho26 karma

I'm really sorry you feel that way. Trinidad and Tobago is not a third world shithole, it's just not my home.

Pompaloumpheon27 karma

Sorry so many people are being cunts in this thread OP. Stay strong, and know that you have at least 51% of the population rooting for you.

millyrocklikewho22 karma

I expected trolls, I know /r/t_d must be foaming at the mouth the last couple days and this thread is like a bat signal to them. I'd say it's probably much more than 51%. I trust that most Americans would have compassion for my and other's situations if they knew the realities we face. Thank you for your support. :)

gnoani2 karma

I know /r/t_d must be foaming at the mouth the last couple days

You mean months and months?

millyrocklikewho2 karma

The buildup, then the release.

TonySoprano42056 karma

Do you file an income tax return with the IRS?

millyrocklikewho16 karma

Yeah, same as anyone.

TonySoprano4201 karma

Did you file before DACA?

millyrocklikewho5 karma

I couldn't work, so no.

thrw87-31 karma

They claim that they do because of the ITIN number, but that is just income tax and plenty of them get a large return because they claim family members, often who live in other countries. Those who work for cash do not pay taxes.

EDIT: Keep down voting. I know plenty of illegals and this IS how they do it.

Edit: suprise surprise, im latino cabrones. I know how this shit works. Downvote some more plz

millyrocklikewho10 karma

I have a social security number, actually. I file for myself alone lol.

Ty__Webb55 karma

What would you say to someone who is following the correct procedures and applying from say, the Philippines, and has to wait years to come to the us legally. Why are you more deserving of citizenship than they are?

millyrocklikewho95 karma

Can I ask you why I'm less deserving? I literally took no action to be here. I'm an American in every way except for a piece of paper and plastic saying so. It is all I have ever known, and the notion that I belong somewhere I have no connection to is really silly. It is fucked up.

Dariolosso29 karma

Why do you think Americans feel so threatened by your situation, despite trying to demonstrate that you're doing your best to contribute to this country by looking for ways to work legally and pay taxes?

millyrocklikewho17 karma

Ignorance. They don't really understand the nuance in immigration law in large part, and how people can get caught in between the gaps in situations like mine. I see and hear that when people tell me I should've just applied for citizenship on my own, or that I deserve to be deported regardless of my individual circumstances and complexities because my parents supposedly fucked up (they didn't come here illegally mind you).

People of age can barely navigate the immigration system with a lawyer. How would I, as a child, have done that? It's silly, and you'd have to literally not be able or willing to conceptualize that people like me are American and also human beings and I think deserving of some kind of understanding. There are only 1.2 million DACA recipients and we've BEEN HERE. Many of us are skilled or have desires to go into areas of work that will absolutely advance the U.S. workforce. Many of us are bright, intelligent people. We did well in school and have kept our noses clean, which is the sole reason we qualify for DACA in the first place. We deserve help.

goldenmirrors28 karma

In your opinion, what is the best way that citizens can show their support for undocumented immigrants? I plan to write to my congressman, but my district just reelected the same asshole that doesn't give a shit, so I'm pessimistic about that. I've reached out to my undocumented friends to say some words of support personally, but it doesn't feel like enough. I've been posting on Facebook to "publicly" show my support. Any other ideas? What would make you feel supported in the middle of this horrible train wreck?

millyrocklikewho35 karma

Just be there for them if you can. Show them humanity, and compassion. When people try to falsely label them as criminals, fight the notion, and do your best to set the record straight. Ask about individual stories, because as you might see, many, many people on DACA came about it through very different paths. Most of us don't come off as very different from any other American at all, so it can be maddening to feel isolated among your own people, and then to fear the notion that not everyone will understand what you've been through and shun or harass you.

Tomji27 karma

With no legal work how did your family make enough for housing and food?

millyrocklikewho44 karma

They did work, they had visas of some sort I believe, but I don't know specifically and they never had any reason to tell me as I was a child. My mother came here with a degree from Trinidad and was working on pursuing her Master's when she died. Very smart lady. I miss her.

thatwasamusing24 karma

I'm a DACA student as well and honestly I am terrified. I've cried so much the last few days. What is your back up plan if DACA gets revoked?

millyrocklikewho25 karma

No idea. I'm just going to pray that he doesn't revoke our status immediately and allows the cards to expire in their set time. I'd be able to continue working, and at the least I'll have my driver's license until that expires as well.

I have a petition in through my mother that I'm waiting for some movement on, so there's a path for me. I'm less concerned about me, more concerned about the people who didn't have my fortune in that respect. I'm concerned about you. What's your backup? It'd probably help to know what other people may be doing, and might open eyes up to previously unknown opportunities.

Devilsfan11821 karma

Do you pay taxes?

millyrocklikewho46 karma

Yes, I have a social security card & number, so I have to file a tax return the same as anyone else. I pay for taxes on purchases I make as well.

byllc9 karma

I'm trying to figure out how to ask this question, because I'm behind you. I believe we need to be more welcoming to immigration and create a simple and common sense path to be vetted for citizenship. At the same time, this an opinion formed by compassion, not fairness or logic.

Seeing it from the other side, there are many native born people who feel, how ever misguided they may be, that immigration is a drain on our economy and their well being and that we need to take care of our own first. This perspective, while selfish, does have a logical basis.

These people believe you feel entitled to citizenship, they believe you are not. So all compassion aside, why do you feel you are entitled to citizenship when we have laws that were not followed in your immigrating here?

I'm not against your position, i'm very much for it, I just have a hard time making the case with the people who think you don't belong here. Because my only position is that I believe, out of compassion for others, that we should be more welcoming. This is not a very strong counter position.

Thanks for putting yourself out there.

millyrocklikewho10 karma

From what I'm reading from many people in this thread who understand the state of immigration a lot better than I do, the state of illegal immigration and immigration's effects on our country in general is a lot more complex than simply "more immigration = more drain".

It may be that immigrants being used as a scapegoat for larger, more complex issues that they certainly have a much less direct, much less negtively impactful effect on the economy than people really understand.

Anyway, I am on the path to citizenship. My mother was naturalized, and filed a petition for me, but she died. Before this came into effect, I'd have been left effectively in a legal limbo that could result in either deportation or a chance to continue on the path at the discretion of whoever was looking at my case at the time.

Sensible reform is what is needed to fix this country's immigration issues, things like the Widower exception expansion give hope where there previously was none and offers compassion for people struggling to navigate the complexities of American immigration and subject to things outside of their control.

sillylittlebird9 karma

If you were not already a DACA recipient, would you still apply? With the uncertainty of the future I struggle with telling my high schools students to apply in order to go to college.

millyrocklikewho10 karma

I'm not sure. It took almost 9 months for my initial application to be approved, and by then he'll most certainly have taken action on it. It may still be worth it depending on the specific actions he takes on DACA. He may let our employment authorization cards run out, or he may revoke them immediately. He may negate all pending applications, or perhaps there could be some way that currently pending applications will still be considered. I really don't know. The best advice is to seek out a lawyer.

iekiko892 karma

this is the tough part for me and i just got a job offer for feb.

millyrocklikewho2 karma

Try to find pro bono immigration services, or something cheap if you can foot it. There may be a way for you to navigate the upcoming consequences in a way that doesn't 100% fuck you up, at least not right away. I.E. look into how e-verify works.

maglen698 karma

millyrocklikewho26 karma

I can't.

noSoRandomGuy7 karma

How do you feel that people who are here legally are not benefited by such laws, and they have to go back, while kids of people people who come here illegally, or overstay are treated better?

millyrocklikewho5 karma

What exactly do you mean? If you're here legally why would you have to "go back"?

pickin_peas7 karma

In your opinion, which U.S. laws are o.k. to ignore and which ones should be enforced.

If current U.S. immigration law is too flawed by be followed, how could it be changed so that it would be right to enforce it?

Should the U.S. have any restrictions on who comes in and how long they stay?

millyrocklikewho1 karma

Yeah, they should. They do.

whiteshadow226 karma

I'm a DACA recipient as well and was wondering if the government knowing our information makes it more likely to be deported once DACA is gone? Also can California do anything for us? I always feel guilty asking for anything from the US because im not a citizen, I came her when I was 3

millyrocklikewho2 karma

Don't feel guilty. As for deportation, I don't know. I've been trying to pay attention to Trump's attitudes and what he actually wants for the immigration system but it's difficult to tell. PM me, I'd like to hear more about your story.

mizredds5 karma

I just saw this. Soooo are you allowed to apply for citizenship?

millyrocklikewho11 karma

Not through DACA, no.

ryro245 karma


millyrocklikewho1 karma

Stay diligent on this issue, pay attention and help activist groups, offer emotional support and understanding to us, and listen to our stories. If you hear someone spreading ignorance about immigrants or trying to frame us as parasitic criminals, share your partner's story. Just be compassionate overall, and fight for compassion where and whenever you can.

Unfortunately, there may not be a whole lot to be done for DACA recipients right now. With this issue coming to a head in less than 2 months, people are going to start speaking up at increasing rates and with increasing volume. Pay attention and help these people if you can, and push for proper immigration reform, vote for people who will introduce this kind of legislation. And pray it doesn't get worse for us before it gets better.

pussgurka5 karma

Are you eligible for financial aid? What options are available for people who want to pursue higher education?

millyrocklikewho7 karma

Nope. I live in GA, so I can't even attend any of the state schools. Don't qualify for any federal and really most state forms of aid. I do pay taxes though.

pussgurka6 karma

So people protected by DACA have to pay out of state tuition? :(

millyrocklikewho6 karma

If they're in the wrong state, and that's even if they can apply. I can't apply for the University of Georgia, for example.

Tabarnouche4 karma

ask me anything

...I'd appreciate if relatively neutral questions could be asked

Do you see the irony? ;)

millyrocklikewho2 karma

Hasn't stopped anything, and I am responding, so the original purpose is still there, most definitely. It was just a request, but perhaps I expected too much.

DanGarion4 karma

Considering you have been here for 20 years, is there is a reason why you and your family haven't become naturalized citizens?

millyrocklikewho11 karma

My mother did, she died. My father has been caught up in the cogs of a really messy legal immigration system for over a decade.

wreckelessj4 karma

You came here legally and have been for 20 years yet you've never applied for citizenship?

millyrocklikewho13 karma

What path would I have taken, exactly? But no, that's not the case. My mother was naturalized before she died 2 years ago, but before we could move to the next step in getting me naturalized... Well, she died. DACA is the only thing that has kept me from blowing my brains out in the interim. I didn't know there was any hope for me, and what options I did know of, I was really too young to feel anything but scared shitless. My mother died, and I had no money, or a clue how to get help. Thankfully, I do have options and I've spent several thousand dollars to fix this, but not many people that were approved for DACA will have that fortune.

UtMed3 karma

I once heard a speaker discussing immigration. I'll paraphrase what he said to see what you think.

"If you ask most people if unrestricted immigration in the early days of the US were good or bad, most will say they were good. But if you ask them if we could do that now they say, 'Oh no we couldn't afford that.' If Americans are immigrating here for opportunity they should be welcomed. But in a welfare state every immigrant has the potential to cost a lot of money."

Now it may/may not apply to your situation. I don't know you. But do you have any thoughts or ideas about mitigating this aspect of immigration?

millyrocklikewho1 karma

I really don't. Immigration is a broad and complex issue, especially in a country like America. I know that the system has failed a lot of people that have done it "right", and left a lot people in extremely tricky situations without simple or clearly defined solutions, and I believe there needs to be a compassionate action taken for those people because the absolute vast majority of them are or desire to be fully productive citizens of the USA, and have a lot of personal investment in the principles and values this place stands for.

What I do think needs to happen is more education about immigration being spread and the narrative around the issue needs to shift to a more... accurate place. A lot of people just don't know what the real deal is, they just hear illegals and Mexicans and criminals etc. etc. etc. and it's like a dog whistle in how instantaneously their hearts go cold. That is to say that there's a perception that we're drains on society, that we don't pay taxes, don't contribute, take jobs that could go to natural-born citizens, etc. etc. It's just not the truth.

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millyrocklikewho2 karma

I've flown commercially since I have a Trinidadian passport, so not necessarily.

biddee2 karma

Just wanted to say hi from your homeland. You ever come back to visit?

millyrocklikewho2 karma

No, and I can't. :/

prettyflamazing2 karma

What are the options your parents have in order to become citizens?

millyrocklikewho2 karma

EDIT: This question was originally, "What do you think about naturalborn citizenship?"

It exists.

I think a few years ago I might have stopped there, but I've read some really interesting proposals about alternative means of understanding/defining and gaining citizenship if you're born into a country, i.e. eliminating or never establishing the idea of birthright citizenship and instead withholding it until someone is old enough to prove their understanding of the values of the country, its history, individual intelligence and intention to contribute fully, etc.

I don't know that I necessarily think that's that great of a thing or that it would work very well in execution or do anything but create something of a caste system.

pussgurka2 karma

OP, Do you still worry about your immigration status and future?

millyrocklikewho2 karma

Less so, since I do have a path that I'm on through parent-child naturalization. My energy is put less into worrying about me and more into worrying about other DACA recipients who have more complex cases that they grapple with these days.

Incredulous_Bixby2 karma

Do you blame your parents for putting you in this situation?

millyrocklikewho-1 karma

Nah. They did everything right. The immigration system is fucking messy, so that explains my dad. Only thing my mother did was die, and that sent my petition into legal limbo so I don't think I'd feel right in blaming her for not knowing she wouldn't make the full 5 years she was given.

YoloSwag4Jesus420fgt3 karma

You have a lot of excuses for why you never became a Citizen. "legal limbo, government's fault for the too complicated a process, legal fees, etc"

If you feel this was such an important issue to you, why didn't you pursue it further in your many, many years here? If you really wanted to become a citizen, you could have, you even said you have the easiest connection "child to mother."

Instead, you slacked off until the very end, when America was tired of you guys. And now you cry for citizenship? Get in the back of the line, like you should have, years and years ago.

tldr: this is a nice symptany ama for this guy but, too bad he's just full of excuses and all around making LEGAL immigrants look terrible. I wont expect a reply from him either, because there's nothing to really respond to besides he wants all of reddit to cry for him. Too bad.

millyrocklikewho3 karma

I'm sensing a lot of emotion in this response, so I'm going to try to address individual points that reflect where you either didn't read my responses or didn't fully comprehend them because you either don't want to or don't understand how the immigration system in America works.

If you feel this was such an important issue to you, why didn't you pursue it further in your many, many years here?

I think this where a little compassion is necessary. I only came into awareness about the breadth of my situation just out of high school. Prior to that, I don't think I could've reasonably made any effort as a child to raise thousands of dollars to seek legal counsel for this kind of thing. In any case, my parents were handling it so I didn't need to. After high school, I did everything in my power to seek counsel. I've been on top of this as much as I can for as long as I could've been reasonably expected to. I think I'm worthy of quite a bit of praise for how I've handled things, because it's a lot of responsibility for someone at 18-19 to handle. I know people that age that can barely do their laundry, and I was navigating a complex institution in the best way that I could -- effectively alone. I had family members that referred me to a good lawyer, but I was tasked with locating the necessary documentation, making my case to USCIS in writing, etc. by myself. I'm not a slacker, and anecdotally I can say that the average immigrant is quite a bit harder working and more focused/responsible than the average natural born American. We keep our noses clean and we do what we must because everything we hold dear is on the line if we don't.

Please try to understand this.

Instead, you slacked off until the very end

As soon as I found out about DACA, 4-5 months after my mother died, I applied. I was approved 9 months later, and renewed it earlier this year. I've been as diligent as I can be on that front.

Beyond that, in reference to my being caught in a legal limbo:

My mother filed a petition to naturalize me through her. The petition was approved, but she died before we could see things through to the next steps since she had breast cancer and that was really all that we had money for. The average American family is living paycheck to paycheck. We were the same, but with the added burdens of being barred from many legal healthcare benefits due to our circumstances.

Typically, this can be a dead end. Fortunately, there was an expansion made to a certain exception that's typically reserved for the Widows of those that are seeking to naturalize by marrying an American citizen but whose spouses pass before their petitions are completed.

I'm a legal immigrant. Many legal immigrants get caught in cracks and dead ends in the immigration system because there simply is no avenue for correction for them. The line between legal and "illegal" is not really a line, it's more of a flow chart with a lot of empty spaces.

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and anecdotally I can say that the average immigrant is quite a bit harder working and more focused/responsible than the average natural born American.

And this is where I stopped reading because everything you just said shows a massive confirmation bias and/or just straight up are pushing an agenda.

tldr: making legal immigrants look bad, wants reddit to cry for him again. Not going to happen from me. Back of the line bud.

millyrocklikewho2 karma

That's not really your decision to make, but I do find it astounding that that's what got you to stop reading.

jabanobotha2 karma

If DACA is revoked will you go back or keep being illegal?

millyrocklikewho1 karma

I'll stay here and see my petition for naturalization through.

Vault_Dweller_212 karma

Hello, thank you for your courage to get on here and face any skepticism regarding your situation. Like you, I am a DACA recipient and had struggled through my adolescence to keep it a secret while I was under "illegal" status. One thing I would like people to understand is that this is not by far a free program. There are fees, prerequisites and biometric appointments we have to deal with. If it is not too personal of a question, How much have you spent on legal fees since the program started? My father brought my two younger siblings and I and has spent about $10,000 trying to get us a legal status. This is important to note because not everyone that entered this country and overstayed their visa is able to afford the fees associated with this program.

millyrocklikewho1 karma

Over $5,000, certainly. Please PM me, I'd love to hear more about your situation.

MrGneissGuy1 karma

So what's the best way to move to Europe and overstay my Visa? Asking for a friend.

millyrocklikewho1 karma

No idea.

MrGneissGuy1 karma

On a serious note. Do you ever go visit Trinidad?

millyrocklikewho3 karma

Can't. If I leave, it just puts my whole situation in a more complex place. I could "technically" if there was some emergency, by applying for an advanced parole travel document, but I still wouldn't risk it.

macfuego1 karma

  1. Are you and your family trying to become citizens?

  2. Is there any advocacy group who can help you gain legal citizenship?

millyrocklikewho6 karma

  1. Mother already was. She gained naturalization through her mother. She filed a petition on my behalf but died after it was initially approved. I'm working on that, yes.

  2. Probably, but I don't know of any. I've already paid thousands of dollars for my path to continue so I'm not desperate on that front.

iron_balls1 karma

So what prompted your parents to over-stay their visas vs trying to get here through proper channels?

millyrocklikewho5 karma

Naturalization through family isn't a proper channel? Naturalization through family is a proper channel, let me just answer that for you.

iron_balls6 karma

No. it is the proper route.

However, I thought you came over with your parents on student visas

millyrocklikewho3 karma

My mother was naturalized through her mother, and I'll be naturalized through her.

FireNexus1 karma

Have you considered applying for refugee status in Canada? Seems to me that being in imminent threat of deportation might be something they'd be interested in. Canadians of Reddit, is there any sponsorship program that can allow you to help this person?

I know there's a lot of talk of fleeing to Canada, but this is someone who legitimately may have to in order to avoid losing everything.

millyrocklikewho4 karma

Believe me, I have considered it, and I'm still open to it. I just don't know where I'd even begin. Trinidad is not an LGBT-friendly country and I've considered in a worst case scenario that I may be able to seek refuge somewhere that might be willing to take me in because of that.

jabanobotha1 karma

What steps have you taken to become a legal citizen?

millyrocklikewho3 karma

Applied for a petition through parent-child naturalization.

tom6410 karma

But how about those emails, just as bad right? /s

millyrocklikewho2 karma

This election has been really difficult to engage with. I have my views as an American about the value and sanctity of our institutions and founding principles and the state of our politics, but yeah, how the fuck am I supposed to give two shits about some e-mails when it's literally a black and white one is gonna treat me like shit and the other isn't kinda thing for me.

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I'll ask a politically incorrect question... as a citizen of Trinidad and a resident of the US what are your thoughts on other countries who's standard of living and conditions are even worse than those your parents (and you) escaped? If the US can sustain, lets say, a population of say 500 million, how should we pick who gets to stay in the US and who needs to leave to make room for someone more needy. I'm sure most of us on reddit are way wealthier (reference) than the average human on this planet, so is it our humanitarian duty to trade places with someone less fortunate.

A straw man argument, I know, but I am genuinely curious as to the economic group think of the open border policy. I know of no country besides the US that has unchecked immigration. We may check it, but then ignore the status. Your story and the 10 million other stories are important, but how is it more important than the 3 billion people worse off than you (and us)?

Edit: spelling

millyrocklikewho8 karma

I have compassion for every person facing substandard living conditions in this world. I don't have an answer to any of that. All I know is my struggle. When I become a citizen, it'll be my priority to work on improving the world for everyone.

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EDIT: For future reference, this person asked what kind of questions I hoped to be asked because I asked to minimize contentious political discussion/questions. They also made a good point about there previously being a lot of info in my bio so I shortened it to keep it interesting and to leave room for questions and hopefully deeper discussion from there.

Questions about me! I'm a human, and there's a lot to know, and I'd like to share my humanity and my experiences as someone undocumented but outside of the popular narrative about what that looks like and how that has affected my worldview as someone otherwise like any other American on the outside (and inside, really). It most certainly does have an effect, and it is interesting to live it to be quite honest. I have a lot to share and a desire to share it. :)

I really just didn't want to get into an argument because things are difficult enough to process as is, and I wanted to maybe find some support. I'm not happy with Trump as president though obviously.

SithLordDave-2 karma

In the body of your submitted text you make a statement that ,in general, you don't want to have a political discussion yet you refer to trump in the header of your submission. So my question why refer to trump if you want to keep politics out of it?

millyrocklikewho14 karma

It's something that he's vowed to do in his first 100 days. My DACA status wouldn't be in question if he didn't get elected. The only reason I'm posting this is because of Trump's election.

SithLordDave-1 karma

So you are saying that Trump is the reason for a situation you are afraid is going happen but you don't want to have a political discussion about it? What else is there to talk about? You are being slighted by an elected official and you want to talk about feelings? I'm going insane.

millyrocklikewho8 karma

Well, being in this country and being simultaneously as American as anyone else and Othered at the same time has, I think, offered me a unique perspective on what it means to be an American. I've also been having really good conversations about the current state of immigration both legal and illegal in America.

I've learned so much just in the last few hours from people's contributions. It doesn't need to be a hatefest. Trump is president, I can't change that. I can humanize this arbitrary thing he's going to do though. Whether you agree or not, people who have been caught between the cracks of the immigration system are going to be negatively impacted for something they had no control over, namely their presence in the U.S. I've had the opportunity to hear the stories of some of these people and offer support because it is an incredibly isolating situation to be in. I don't want other people like me to suffer in silence.

SithLordDave0 karma

I completely understand and believe what you are possibly going to face will be hard and unfair but you are missing my point. You can't keep this from being a political conversation when you refer to the policies of a politician. My issue is with the wording of your title, not the content. I voted for a giant meteor to smash into us.

millyrocklikewho3 karma

shrug. I didn't know how else to contexualize why it's a big deal to me and why I'm doing this now. It's rather urgent, and it wouldn't be if Trump hadn't been elected because this something he explicitly stated he'd overturn in the first 100 days, so it is that much of a priority.

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What is this and why am I paying for it?

millyrocklikewho13 karma

It's an executive program that Obama signed into law in 2012 that enables certain people without legal status who arrived to the US as children and who may be facing deportation proceedings to work and pay taxes, and guards against deportation for the term of the program, which is 2 years. It can be re-applied for every 2 years. It is not a path to citizenship and there is not means of gaining citizenship through it.

The qualifications for DACA are as such:

  1. are under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012;

  2. came to the U.S. while under the age of 16;

  3. have continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 to the present. (For purposes of calculating this five year period, brief and innocent absences from the United States for humanitarian reasons will not be included);

  4. entered the U.S. without inspection or fell out of lawful visa status before June 15, 2012; were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;

  5. are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces;

  6. have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors of any kind; and

  7. do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

why am I paying for it?

You're not actually. It's funded (mostly) through the $465 application fee DACA recipients must send to file an application.

Bathometer-3 karma

If this program, limited to no new entrants, is fully funded by applicant payments (which I would need more proof of), then I personally see the compassion in it and perhaps the merit to allow it to continue.

The argument you must address is the political one. Is it acceptable for a political party to enact specific amnesty programs for illegal immigrants? Is it acceptable for one party to make exceptions to immigration law, with the goal.of earning life long, loyal voters for their party? If you find that thought distasteful, tell me whether you think the people in this program have political leanings toward the party that gives them the right to stay?

millyrocklikewho3 karma

Yo, I got here as a kid and I couldn't work before this. I fucking hate what the Democratic party has become and I think this country needs political revolution. We are not drones, and nobody will buy our loyalty. If I'm ever hesitant to side with the party of the social conservatives in America, Trump and his base's ignorance about the realities of things like this is an example of why. My first vote may not be for the Democrats, but if the Republican party can't get its shit together, it's not gonna be for them either.

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You're claiming to see ignorance on my part. The only thing I see is a lack of respect for this country's laws and sovereignty. As long as this program fosters respect and loyalty to our democratic process, in at-risk youth who are not personally responsible for breaking immigration law, I would support it.

If it's another Democrat party sneak attack toward an amnesty that would disrespect the hundreds of thousands of law abiding immigrants waiting world wide for their turn at an honesty and up-front entry into our country, then let it burn.

There must be equality under the law.

millyrocklikewho7 karma

There's no simple solution, but I don't think a sensible route is to take a bunch of people that are effectively Americans in an everyday sense and send them to places they have no connections to, and which might place them as targets. People like to pick on Americans, so just imagine looking and sounding like an American but not having any of the protections of actually being an American. This is setting innocent people up to be manipulated and taken advantage of. This is not a black and white thing.

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This is very true, and you also can't put a simple number on the cost or benefit of the undocumented/DACA citizens to the nation. What I do know is that the USA will be respected again, and the boundaries meant to keep citizens safe, physical and legal, will no longer be ignored.

That said, our nation is partly responsible for this problem, because we didn't properly enforce our laws(partisan politics aside). You can rest assured that Trump's administration will not be dumping helpless, blameless people out onto unfamiliar streets. There will be a compassionate softening for those deserving of it.

millyrocklikewho2 karma

I can't say I disagree entirely with how you've presented your argument. I just hope the last point you made turns out to be true.

Paladins_code-5 karma

Where exactly will you be on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017? Im totally not an ICE agent.

millyrocklikewho7 karma

Hi, Mr. Not an ICE Agent. You'll be happy to know I'm on the path to citizenship, so you don't have any business with me. I'll be on the internet though, so if you wanna talk, feel free to PM me.

Paladins_code-1 karma

Thats a very classy reply to a joke comment. Have a great weekend.

millyrocklikewho3 karma

;) I always keeps it classy. Ditto, have a great weekend.

its_real_I_swear-9 karma

Why do you think you deserve an immigration slot over someone who came here legally? If you could talk to the person whose slot you are taking, what would you say?

millyrocklikewho5 karma

I did come here legally. I didn't get thrown across the ocean, we were on a plane and arrived in an airport.

thomastl1-10 karma

What can I do to help expedite the deportation of criminal aliens and their children?

millyrocklikewho5 karma

Um, probably nothing. Lobby congress, maybe run for congress on that platform, it'd probably get you decently far as you can see.

fooliam-11 karma

You are an American, and you are deserving of all the benefits of this country,

That's the thing aren't an American. You are a Trinidadian (Tobagoian?). You are not registered for selective service, and you probably don't have a social security number. You don't vote, nor can you run for public office. It's a federal crime for any employer to hire you or your parents, because you have no right to be here or work here.

millyrocklikewho16 karma

I am registered for selective service, and I do have a social security number. I had one when my parents arrived as well. I've been working, and I do pay taxes. I don't get any of the benefits though. No SS, no FAFSA, no health insurance, etc.

My parents came on visas, and my mother was naturalized through her mother. I'm entitled to citizenship, and I'm pursuing the path.

Go on with your ignorant narrative and project your fucked up, compassionless worldview on to me though. There are enough people in this country that see some sense and know the reality about the current state of US immigration that I don't need you to understand anything. You don't even understand how this country works.

fooliam-14 karma

Oh, and that gives me another idea. SEA WALL! STop hurricanes and Trinidadians from reaching American shores. DOUBLE WIN!

fooliam-17 karma

So one day you'll be an American. Until that day, you ARE NOT AN AMERICAN. That's a statement of fact. Sorry that you don't like facts, but by the very fact that it is a fact means that it isn't ignorant.

And congratulations on your parents stealing you a SSN. Enjoy your felony conviction and subsequent deportation. Back to Trinidad you go!

millyrocklikewho6 karma

I have an SSN through DACA, actually. My parents had tax ID numbers and my mother and mother's mother went about the process legally. They're good, hard-working people. And yeah, I'm an American. A piece of paper doesn't change that.

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You're SSN will be revoked soon, because you shouldn't have it, because you aren't an American. The piece of paper absolutely changes that, because that piece of paper says whether or not you are an American. American is a legal distinction between those who are subject to all the rights and responsibilities of US citizenship and everyone else. You are everyone else. You are a Trinidadian, not an American. One day, if you're lucky, we'll let you become an American. But until that day, you are, unfortunately for you, not an American. You're welcome to be here and bask in the glorious glow of American prosperity (doubly so now that we have President GodEmperor Daddy Trump), but until such a time as Americans, via our duly elected government, decide that you are an American, you aren't. You're a guest, a non-American guest.

Simply put, if you aren't allowed to vote, you aren't an American (with a few caveats). But, because us actual Americans are such a great and welcoming people, we might let you join our club one day, if you're good.

millyrocklikewho8 karma

Whateva you say, man. You should read up on our country's immigration laws though. Maybe when I'm naturalized, I can come teach you something, not good to be so ignorant. It's a hot-button topic.

The_Yakuza-15 karma

DACA needs to get cut. I and many others including legal immigrants think that this is just flat out wrong. Why should you be given US citizenship because you where able to weasel your way into our country? That's just plain wrong and unfair. Sorry that your country is shit. Stay there and try to fix it, although it may be very hard to do so, it could help the future generations.

millyrocklikewho18 karma

I'm a legal immigrant, my mother was naturalized before she died. You're projecting, and I wish you wouldn't.

The_Yakuza-10 karma

You're the only one I heard agree with this. I've meet and talked to a few and they all say they don't like it because they had to go through the rigorous process of getting here legally and the DACA is unfair to them. Just repeating what I was told from other immigrants.

Ty__Webb-15 karma

Have you or your family ever received any form of gvt assistance while here illegally? How do you justify that to the taxpayer footing the bill.

millyrocklikewho17 karma

My parents were/are taxpayers too. I'm a taxpayer. I don't qualify for any benefits under DACA btw. Not Obamacare, not medi-anything, not FAFSA, nothing.

Incursi0n-23 karma

Let me get this straight, you've been living in the US illegally your entire life and now you're upset because someone is cracking down on immigration? I do agree US has pretty strict immigration laws and you should probably be granted citizenship if you lived there your whole life, but countries need to be able to protect their own borders otherwise you get the shitshow that's happening in Europe.

millyrocklikewho9 karma

I haven't been here illegally the whole time. I was a baby when I got here, and my parents had visas.

notp-33 karma

If you're illegal, when do you plan on leaving?

millyrocklikewho10 karma

Where do you think I should go exactly? Trinidad?

coffee_achiever-105 karma

What you're doing is illegal. If someone robbed a bank in the night without hurting anyone, that would also be illegal. Why should you get to do illegal things and not bank robbers? You're both trying to make your lives better and supposedly not hurting anyone.

millyrocklikewho98 karma

I didn't do anything illegal, I was a baby when I arrived here. I'm actually on the pathway to citizenship because my mother was naturalized, but she died before we could complete the whole process. Some changes made over the last couple years to some very specific immigration law allow me to continue the process with relative ease without the need for a sham wedding, a substitute sponsor (as in, someone willing to declare themselves financially responsible for me for the 5 years I'd be a permanent resident before I could become a citizen), or something else. Read up on it here.

I get what you're saying, but I don't think there's really any equivlency in this circumstance. I didn't ask to be brought here, but it's all I've ever known. I got dealt a shitty hand and now I'm getting caught up in the latest immigrant scare. I just want to live. Truly, I don't think there's any way to reasonably frame me as some sort of criminal deserving of a punishment or to be sent "back" to an essentially foreign, alien land for the actions of my parents. I have no connection to Trinidad and Tobago outside of it being where my parents were born and where my birth ceritificate was printed. I'm even on the path to citizenship. You have no basis for what you said.

coffee_achiever-1 karma

If your father robbed the bank, and handed you $100k dollars, should you be entitled to keep it when they found out your father robbed it? I know it sucks for you that your parents chose to do something illegal, but why are you upset at the country, and not at your parents?

Also, I have 99 downvotes. I feel like the question I ask is at least a fair one. Do you agree that you are currently breaking the law? I have broken the law by speeding in my car. I admit it. I disagreed with the law and broke it knowingly. Is this basically your position?

millyrocklikewho3 karma

It's not really fair, nor is it an equivalent. The money might be taken away because it was never deserved, but you're not removing the person from the country and placing them in another country that they have no connection to. You might think I never deserved to be here, but you're also advocating for uprooting people who have only known the U.S. through no fault of their own and asked to live in foreign countries that the majority of us have no familiarity or connection to. There is no solution for us at present.

We'd have about as good of a shot at survival as if you did the same thing to someone pulled randomly off the street. I think it's just cruel, and your perspective doesn't take into account the numerous exceptions and clauses that offer compassion to people in extenuating circumstances already. I don't think it's difficult to make a case for why we are deserving of one as well. The immigration system is not cut and dry.

I'm not asking to be excused from operating a motor vehicle at a speed beyond the arbitrary legal limit and putting other drivers at risk. I'm asking to be allowed to keep paying taxes and pursue higher education and contribute to this place that I call home, and have always called home because I had no say in the matter. DACA doesn't even provide a path to citizenship, and most of us aren't even necessarily asking for that with DACA. We just don't want to be uprooted because of circumstances out of our control.

OpticalDelusion-5 karma


millyrocklikewho8 karma

I'm entitled citizenship through my mother. She was naturalized.

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millyrocklikewho3 karma

Nope. They never married.

crackanape26 karma

Not the same at all.

Bank robbers cost everyone money and create danger.

Undocumented workers benefit the economy and commit fewer crimes (other than immigration offenses, obviously) than citizens and legal immigrants.

Vulgrr_Display-20 karma

You know what would benefit the economy? Them paying taxes like I do, them paying for healthcare, and them not shipping their money back home to their family every payday.

millyrocklikewho12 karma

I do pay taxes. I don't get benefits. If I get sick, I'm facing hundreds of thousands of additional medical expenses because I'd have to go to an ER.