There are a few posts that bring up valid points, but are misguided at best. AZTOM pointed out that proof of citizenship is required to use our tax dollars. WRONG. 90% of the hispanics on our block are illegal, (my wife is the only LEGAL hisapnic living on our street) as far as I know all of the whites are legal. My wife is a manager at a financial institution and sees illegals using social security numbers to open bank accounts in order to function in our society, while others scam citizens with fraudulant debt, evade taxes, and of course using our SCHOOLS, ROADS, HOSPITALS, MEDICARE, FOOD STAMPS, WIC, etc. find it frustrating that illegals evade taxes and scam our system - the honest citizens and residents foot the bill! I think we should make it easier to obtain residence in our country, and have stricter laws regarding illegals who commit fraud or violent crimes. My grandma lives in Sun City Arizona and agrees 100% with the law the governor signed - she goes off on tangents about the illegals pouring over the borders everyday, yet she lives in a "retired caucasion" neighborhood - the only illegals she sees are her lawn care and home repairmen (which I might add are easily HALF the cost of what we would pay here in Portland!) I hit a nerve with her last week when I asked her if she were willing to pay twice as much to have a legal citizen do yard maintenance for her instead of the illegals she hires. Her response was "well, I don't know for sure if they're illegal" and I said "uh, grandma, if they are not licensed and they accept CASH ONLY and only 1 out of 4 of them can speak broken english, do you honestly think they are USA citizens? To gain citizenship you need to speak & understand english, not to mention have extensive knowledge of our history?!?" She replied "well, they aren't like the criminals who just keep coming back into the USA in order sell drugs or rob people". I just smiled. I think EVERYONE agrees that we need to find a solution soon. Out of the 10+ illegals living next door to me, the only person deported in the past 5 years was a permanent resident who was charged with theft, he served a few months in jail and then was transfered up to Tacoma and then deported a week later. One of my illegal neighbors has been here longer than I have and makes better money than I do with his drywall business. Our system is BROKEN -we need to fix it and I don't see a practical solution that will work for everyone.
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