Should illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

  • Does It Really Matter?

    If they pay taxes, and aren't felons. How are they any different than someone born in the United States? The difference is surprisingly small. About the same as someone born in one state, and not in another. We were founded completely on immigration.

    Anyone remember this ?

    “Give us your tired, your poor, your hungry, your huddled masses yearning to be free”

    Carved into the statue of liberty. Maybe we should go back to our roots, and realize what made our country the best on the planet.

  • Immigrants are people.

    It does not matter if they're from a different country or Latin America. Some people have been born in America as a U.S citizen and are being thought of as immigrants! It truly does not matter! They are still people of this world and have a family, a story, and a life! The constitution clearly states "all men are equal". God created us not to be racist! But to be kind and to treat each other equal.


    If you work for something, you should always have the award to be rewarded with high qualities. Americans who discriminate are just IGNORANTS! WHO DON'T REALIZE THAT THEY HAVE LIVED A SPOILED LIFE AND DON'T KNOW HOW TO LIVE LIFE WITHOUT HAVING HELP OF OTHERS!! Yes I agree that those immigrants who break the law should face their consequences, yet that doesn't mean they all have to pay for once action!

  • Immigrants are not criminals

    All immigrants have one reason to be here. Their biggest dream is to have a better future for themselves and for their children. All the immigrants do is come here to work. Most of them work in the fields because the people from here dont even want to spend all day in the ugly weather. So all immigrants have to suffer just to achieve their dream.

  • More People, More Taxes.

    In my opinion, it seems that immigrants are going to come whether it be legally or illegally. If they're here anyways working and living their lives in America, why would we not allow them to become legal citizens in order to receive the same rights we do for the same work they do. I also do not see why we as Americans, who all live in a country FOUNDED by immigrants, are so quick to try and shun the immigrants we see today. Doesn't make much sense does it?

  • Legal Immigrants Pay Taxes

    An instant way to get illegal immigrants to pay taxes and become a normal part of American society is to grant them citizenship through normal channels without fear of reprisal. If illegal immigrants continue to be a hindrance, then they should be deported. Something has to be done to solve the problem of illegals already in America.

  • Our immigration policy is a nightmare

    Unbeknownst to most Americans, our immigration policy is a labyrinthine nightmare which does not make it easy for law-abiding foreigners to enter to the United States. Make no mistake: illegal immigrants have broken the law in pursuit of a better life. However, it is simply a matter of human nature that this will continue. While I believe we should enforce our existing laws, we have reached a point with our immigration policy where it would be wiser to grant amnesty to give us a fresh slate and massively overhaul our immigration laws.

  • Yes

    I believe illegal immigrants who have been here since CHILDHOOD and are here because their parents came here should be granted legal citizenship. They should be granted such because they were brought here as a child or born here by an illegal immigrant, but therefore are a citizen, having never left. if they want to be here and work, they should be allowed, and they should not be punished for being born here when they did not have a choice in the matter.

  • Immigrants be granted legal citizenship

    We didn't raise the Statue of Liberty with her back to the world, we did it with her light shining as a beacon to the world. And whether we were Irish or Italians or Germans crossing the Atlantic, or Japanese or Chinese crossing the Pacific; whether we crossed the Rio Grande or flew here from all over the world — generations of immigrants have made this country into what it is. Its what makes us special."

  • Undocumented Children Access to Higher Education

    . Education access for undocumented students came as a result of the 1982 Supreme Court case of Plyer v. Doe. The Court ruled that undocumented children must be provided access to a public education, indicating that denying education to children who cannot affect their own status would impose a lifetime hardship. Presently, however, court-mandated equal access to education ends every year for approximately 65,000 undocumented students when they graduate from high school (Fix & Passel 2003). After extensive public educational investment, higher education becomes an elusive dream for these students with only about 10 percent of high school graduates enrolling in college (Fortuny, Capps, Passel 2007). These are children who have been raised in the United States from any early age. All they know is the American culture and denying them their education based on documentation is modern day segregation. Who are we to take away the rights of out following peers. We all pump blood through our heart and breathe the same air. Everyone deserve equal opportunity.

  • NO! Granting them citizenship is a slap in the face for those that legally immigrated here!

    We should not grant illegal immigrants legal citizenship! It is a slap in the face for those that legally immigrated here. My family was able to legally immigrate to the US back in 1976 when Asians were despised by White America, but they still did it the right way. How can we expect these people to lead productive law abiding lives when they can't even enter the country legally? There is a reason its called ILLEGAL immigration. By doing so, we are only showing the world that we reward criminals. When most people immigrate to the US they want to be Americans. Nowadays many are coming here saying they want to live a better life but are not assimilating to American culture, they are simply bringing their bad habits here and pretty much lowering our standards. Our current presidency wants to create a Socialist Society, but as we've seen in other countries, this does not work. Why do you think China is slowly becoming a Capitalist Society? The current powers that be are taking something good, taking it apart and going backwards! We need to stand up against this by all uniting together and tell our government the practice of giving away citizenship to anyone that asks for it, is not only wrong, but harmful to the future of America and law abiding citizens.

  • They do nothing but take jobs, get money and a free minivan for doing nothing but drugs, and their kids get free food and benefits

    Theyre illegal for a reason. They dont pay taxes, they sit home and dont work, their kids get free lunch and benefits, they steal bikes, bring down the society, bring in swine flu and drigs, and they dont even try. Theyre rude, crude, and annoying. They dont belong here. Stupid mexicans

  • No, have to go through the citizenship hoops like everyone else.

    People shouldn't be rewarded for their illegal actions. I don't think they should be immediately deported BUT they should have to go through the citizenship process like everyone else. They should have to go through all of the important steps to become a citizen and if they aren't willing to do this the they should return to their country of origin.

  • Should illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

    Illegal aliens are very bad for the united states economy. They commit crimes, take jobs, and use valuable tax payer resources. They are mostly unskilled, unintelligent folks have have no opportunity in their home country. They come to America looking for unskilled labor, but these jobs would otherwise be filled by Americans.

  • Damn bad mexicans

    The mexicans are taking jobs that americans would love to have. Plenty of good immigrants are waiting to come into this great nation legally. Why should we reward the ones that broke the system. They don't pay taxes but send there kids to school and use roads that are contributed by good citizens. If we make them citizens it will tell many other immigrants to cheat the system and come here illegally. We can not reward criminals

  • Only if they receive the same treatment as felons

    Only if they are treated as felons for 20 years. Not able to buy firearms, vote, etc. Etc. They broke federal laws to get here, they should not be rewarded for it.

    No reason that we are starting to treat our natural-born American generations as second-rate citizens. I'm sure i'm coming off as arrogant. They should be excluded from any job that prohibits felons as well.

  • Statistics don't lie

    Studies have been done in California, on of the most populated areas by illegal immigrants, and this statistic says that, "Legalizing undocumented immigrants would cost the government $6.3 trillion in the long run. Therefore we are hurting ourselves more than helping. Immigrants have benefits but do they outweigh the harms?

  • It isn't fair.

    It's extremely unfair to legal immigrants and those trying to get into the country legally. Another huge misstatement I've heard on the Yes side is that it's racist to say No to allowing illegal immigrants to become citizens. Illegal immigrants are not the same as Hispanics living in the united states. It is in fact racist to assume that all illegal immigrants are Hispanic.

  • They are breaking laws!

    If you allow illegal immigrants to come to the United States illegally and then sit back and reward them by giving them citizenship, essentially, what you're saying is, "We know you broke our immigration laws and we know you got in front of people who came over here legally, but why should you be punished for that? Here have citizenship." It has nothing to do with being human. It has to do with rewarding criminals for committing a crime and then on top of that allowing them to enjoy the benefits from that crime for the rest of there life.

  • If the rule of law means anything these days...

    There is a very clear outlined path to citizenship in the US. It is controlled in such a way to help prevent huge population surges. These people chose not to follow it, to break the law, and to enter the country illegally. They committed a crime and should be punished as such by deportation. Also, as a penalty, they should be banished from entering the legal immigration process for a determined period of time as a penalty for their crime. If you're going to grant these criminals amnesty, grant every criminal amnesty.

Leave a comment...
(Maximum 900 words)
Anonymous says2013-05-07T19:27:25.937
Let them be able to be granted a legal citizenship we are all the same no matter our shape,size, or color we are not aliens we are humans on earth we may be chines and other things but we are the same stop hatting start beliving,loving,caring, and more
thank you :)
Anonymous says2013-05-23T00:01:46.897
We deserve the right to be heard if not then this is not 'the land of freedom'
Anonymous says2013-07-23T19:17:53.257
If illegal immigrants are going to be allowed to stay then, please give my legal immigrant family a refund for all of the money and time we wasted doing things the right way.
Jackninja5 says2014-12-09T03:47:18.907
Now I have something to say about this. Refugees and illegal immigrants aren't the same thing. Also, it is not just Mexicans so don't be racist.