November 28th, 2014
02:38 AM ET

A legal immigrant’s plea for understanding

By Fareed Zakaria

Opponents of President Obama’s recent action on immigration — and of any kind of legalization policy for undocumented workers — often argue that these initiatives are not fair to America’s legal immigrants. These people, it is said, played by the rules, followed the law, paid their taxes and are horrified to see people rewarded who did the opposite. I’m sure some legal immigrants feel this way, but not many. A poll released this weekshows that 89 percent of registered Hispanic voters approve of Obama’s action.

Why is this? I can only speak for myself. As a legal immigrant, I don’t harbor any ill will toward those who came into this country illegally. To be clear, I don’t approve of breaking the law. I think the stream of border crossings should be slowed to a trickle, and I favor immigration reform that would secure the borders, substantially reduce the numbers who come in via “family unification,” substantially increase the quotas for skilled workers and allow a small guest worker program. My views on immigration are in the middle of the political spectrum. But I don’t view illegal immigrants with any hostility.

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  1. Philip

    Picturing banasy and the Chrissy passed out from eating turkey leftovers.

    November 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      JIF with an upset stomach from eating so many shrimp tacos? lol

      November 29, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  2. Perry Brown

    I figure your types eat curry.

    November 29, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  3. banasy©

    Yes, I had a lovely Thanksgiving, thank you for inquiring.

    My family and I did not dine at home, so sorry to disappoint you: no leftovers.

    I picture you passed out in a puddle of your own vomit after spending the day drinking in your abject loneliness because nobody can tolerate the drunk crazy man at holidays, anymore.

    November 29, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  4. chri§§y

    Lol @ philip you need a different visual aid because the current one is f*#ked up! I spent most of my day at the emergency room and was in no mood to cook a turkey thanks. Sorry you passed out in your plate though...that had to be awful embarrassing! Lol

    November 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  5. Philip

    Please don't deport me, Obama. Deport the lazy crooked Mexicans as you have been doing by the millions. And grant decent folks citizenship on the day you leave office. Ty. *decent folks. Those not lazy and claiming to be "disabled" somehow.

    December 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • Jodie Aberden

      Sounds like somebody's claim was denied and he's p!ssed about it. L m a o you're far from decent, so off you go!!

      December 3, 2014 at 10:30 am | Reply
  6. Eddie Fonseca

    What does the meaning of being American mean to the average American, when we think of being American it means having the best education and healthcare system in the world. Most Americans were immigrant's at one point their family's who came from Mexico or the Middle East, decided it was time to have a better life for their children from having the best in terms of careers and colleges so they did not have to live life like their parents and America could take of their children needs for a lifetime. Immigration is a hot topic in America because we tend to be afraid of this issues, of losing jobs to some illegal immigrants from Mexico, but this is further from the truth as possible. I can speak for most immigrants because I am a European American who is an immigrant, and I work in the automotive field we need to start to have these deep brutal conversation around the dinner table and with our members of congress who represent our great lands best interests on the immigrant issues in America. Most of us when we think of immigrants think of the stereotypical illegal immigrant who want to suck our welfare dry, this is not true atall we need to focus our attention on brining college and university educated immigrants from fields such as healthcare and trades to move America forward in our global economy. Immigration is what America is all about we are nation that want's the best talented immigrants form different countries to call America home, our great land provides the tools to obtain these goals so let us open our doors to people from Mexico, Middle East and other counties who see America as a beacon of hope to call home for many years. .Without having a more concrete reform policy on Immigration in America, will be the only country that lacks in talented immigrants as America slides into a immigrant labor shortage of qualified people from doctors to lawyers, who can help out the average American from doing a bank loan on that new house to bailing us out of jail when we law has our back's pressed against the wall for years to come.

    December 8, 2014 at 11:18 pm | Reply
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