Star College Student Nadia Habib Is Safe From Deportation--For Now

The Associated Press reports that Nadia Habib, the Bangladeshi college student who moved to the U.S. when she was 20 months old and who was set to be deported Thursday, is staying in the U.S. for the foreseeable future: 

The two women arrived at a federal courthouse in lower Manhattan for their deportation meeting prepared to say goodbye to their family and board a plane. But instead, they emerged from the courthouse smiling as about 100 supporters cheered and chanted "education not deportation!"

"We still have a lot of waiting and hoping to do," Nadia Habib told supporters. "I'm just nervous. Tomorrow's my birthday, so this is kind of a great birthday present."

Immigration officials fingerprinted them, confiscated the Habibs' passports and put them under an order of supervision, which requires them to meet periodically with an immigration officer while their case is being reviewed. They weren't told when a decision would be made, though immigration officers said it was a high-priority case, Charles said.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been working with immigration officials on behalf of the family, released a statement praising the decision not to deport them.

"I am thrilled that Nadia will be celebrating her 20th birthday tomorrow at home with her family and will be continuing her studies in the only country she's ever known," Gillibrand said.

Not having your life wrecked by bureaucracy is one hell of a birthday present. 

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    Good for her.

  • o2||

    pass the DREAM act & college students & vets are fast-tracked to citizenship. previously blocked by the house gop

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Double Dipshit,

    pass the DREAM act & college students & vets are fast-tracked to citizenship. previously blocked by the house gop


    The Dems had ample time to pass that one themselves before 2010. You're dishonest as you're stoopid.

  • Colin||

    +1

  • o2||

    i agree that the DREAM act shoulda been thought-up earlier. but better now than never...and the gop still blocked it

  • shorter o2||

    herpity derp!

  • ||

    FFS Gilibrand, sponsor a private bill for these two women already!

  • ||

    If this hadn't been publicized and made into something that brought it to a Senator's attention, she'd be on a plane to Bangladesh right now.

  • ||

    Do you know the way to Bangladesh?
    I've been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my breath.
    Do you know the way to Bangladesh?
    I'm going back to find some peace of mind in Bangladesh.

  • ||

  • ||

    You dare to trump my fake Dionne Warwick with real George Harrison?

  • ||

    Sorry, but I love that film for two reasons.

    1) Ravi Shankar:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E5lZW6gQHk

    2) Leon Russell:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0grEMQEXiw

  • ||

    Shall we say sitars, at twenty paces?

  • ||

    Did Erich Zann make any sitars?

  • ||

    Perhaps throwing sitars?

  • Gojira||

    But they're ILLEGAL!!!!11! ZOMG, what part of "illegal" do you liberal-lovers NOT UNDERSTAND!!ELEVENTY!! Build a fence between us and Bangladesh! She's getting welfare in teh form of in-state TUITION!!! That should go to MY KID, because there is a LINE FOR IN-STATE TUITION, and if SHE gets it, that means someone else DOESN'T!!! That's how that works!

  • ||

    Her name is Habib! TERRORIST!!!!!!!

  • AlmightyJB||

    That only applies to men. The women are sex toys and should not be deported. Unless they're ugly.

  • GILMORE||

    Illegals is illegal! You people want to destroy American culture! COWARDS APPEASIN THE MUSLIMS!! They're taking OUR JOBZ! My taxes pay for her vaccinations! You just want to take over the american political system by importing all these socialists! You are secretly trying to subsidize your evil corporate overlords by bringing in cheap bangladeshi laborers!! WE CAN BUILD A ROBOT TO DO THE THINGS BANGLADESHI PSYCHOLOGISTS DO!!!

  • wait||

    It's interesting - a lot of times, the same people who complain about these "foreign" students taking away admission spots from "natives", will also, on other issues like taxes and pay inequality, talk about meritocracy and "earning your way". Guess what: Those foreign-born students have to meet the same academic standards as everyone else. If whitey didn't cut the mustard, it ain't Ackmed's fault.

  • Jennifer||

    If this country were truly committed to "justice for all," there would be an automatic amnesty for those illegal immigrants who had no idea they were here illegally, because they were brought over in early childhood. Yet I'm certain many immigration opponents will cite this incident as an example of pandering to the unwashed brown hordes.

    It's a very nasty and punitive sort of morality that wants to punish people for things their parents did.

  • o2||

    yep & welcome to becktard wingnutism

  • Pip||

    Hey asscunt:

    No, God says in the Bible quite specifically that he does not:
    Deu 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.


    This is repeated just to make certain we get the message:

    2Ch 25:4 But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin.


    This is repeated in the New Testament:

    Joh 9:1-3 KJV And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. [v.2] And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? [v. 3] Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does.....z1ZSZwghJx

    And have a nice day.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iweYmKlNNO8

  • Apatheist||

    Yep, just look at the GOP debates. They went nutso over Perry giving in state tuition to illegal immigrants brought over as children. I think Santorum said something like they should go home and get at the back of the line. I mean please, do we need to treat children like criminals?

  • ||

    We need to treat everyone like criminals. That way, the politicians and police can fuck with anyone at any time, for any reason. See the logic now?

  • o2||

    what if they held a revolution on wall st & nobody came?

  • BakedPenguin||

    They did come. They just didn't know WTF they were doing there.

    Except for those serving as amusement for thuggish cops, of course.

  • Nephilium||

    The Wall Street protestors released their manifesto... They don't like corporations, and think education is a "human right". In short, they exist at about the same intellectual level as o2.

  • Colin||

    If only we could go back in time and send Santorum's family back home.

  • T||

    Did we outlaw Corruption of the Blood generally, or just in cases of treason? Because I could swear it was generally.

  • Gibby||

    "Yet I'm certain many immigration opponents will cite this incident as an example of pandering to the unwashed brown hordes."

    The thing I never understood is why they never wash. What's up with that?

  • BakedPenguin||

    The rest of the horde will start bullying them. "Hey everyone, smell who's too good for their horde!"

  • Gibby||

    Sometimes the simplest explanation is the best explanation.

    I get it now. Thanks.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Jennifer,

    If this country were truly committed to "justice for all," there would be an automatic amnesty for those illegal immigrants who had no idea they were here illegally, because they were brought over in early childhood.


    Unfortunatelly, one thing does not follow the other. There's no justification to give something to someone because of a previous lack of knowledge.

    The issue with immigration stems mostly from gross economic ignorance and politics. People have this strange idea that they're entitled to someone else's money (e.g. jobs) by virtue of where they were born. Politicians provide the fuel to keep this fire growing, just to score some points. Politics is about division.

  • o2||

    "...they're entitled to someone else's money (e.g. jobs) by virtue of where they were born."
    _
    are you talking the farmers & building contractors in AL & GA who cant get natives for teh [JOBZ] ?

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Double Brown Asswipe,

    are you talking the farmers & building contractors in AL & GA who cant get natives for teh [JOBZ] ?


    No - just YOU.

  • Gojira||

    There's no justification to give something to someone because of a previous lack of knowledge.

    Not to nitpick, but I don't think that allowing people freedom of movement is "giving" them something. Just recognizing a right which already exists.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Gojira,

    Not to nitpick, but I don't think that allowing people freedom of movement is "giving" them something. Just recognizing a right which already exists.


    I don't mean that. People are born with rights, so that's not it.

    I am talking about the argument made above, that because a person did not know he or she was not a citizen of a country, that he or she deserves "amnesty." One thing does not follow the other. The correct argument is that the government has NO RIGHT to detain and transfer a person that has not committed an ACTUAL CRIME (with an actual victim), and I don't mean those made-up crimes that government politicians like to pull out of their asses.

  • Federal Dog||

    You misunderstand: The very reason the parents threw out any respect for anyone and any law here is to steal that benefit for their children. And they were happy to steal that benefit away from other families and children who respected us and our laws the entire time.

    Why do you hate those children who have been waiting in their countries for years for their fair chance? Why do you demand to destroy their lives because other people decided they were better than anyone else and took what they wanted, then demanded that other families, our country, and our laws all be sacrificed for their personal profit?

    Fuck them and their greedy narcissism.

  • MWG||

    They tuk r admission slotz!

  • Federal Dog||

    No: They took them from children still waiting in their countries to come here and have their fair chance at success.

  • MWG||

    You mean... this fair chance?

    http://reason.org/files/a87d15.....116079.pdf

  • ICE||

    But never forget about that sword dangling above your head, Nadia Habib. Oh, and happy birthday!

  • ChrisO||

    Yep. My guess is that they'll wait until she's out of college and out of the headlines before sending her back to Bangladesh.

    The easiest thing would be to give her and the mother asylum, which is presumably how the father got over here in the first place.

  • ||

    Her new name is Nadia Habib-Damocles.

  • ||

    So the moral of the story? It's okay to enter the country illegally, stay as long as you want, laws be damned - as long as you can get some sympathetic press...

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    So the sins of the mother should be passed onto the child?

  • DJF||

    Children get punished because of the crimes of the parents all the time. They have wealth taken from them, homes, security, etc

  • Chatroom Crank||

    She is 20, an adult for 2 years. Not a child.

  • ||

    She is the "child" of her mother who did the illegal immigration, retard. Reading is hard for you.

  • Ska||

    Who was brought to this country as a one year old and raised as an American. I'm sure she's going to college so she can apply for welfare.

    Funny, my grandparents came to this country as immigrants. I'm not about to tell someone else their family doesn't deserve the same chance as mine.

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    She's practically American, anyway, which makes her legally Canadian.

  • DJF||

    She is a psychology student so she will probably end up working for some part of the welfare bureaucracy. She is already receiving taxpayer subsidized education

    And you also think that the 6 billion other people on the planet can move to the USA without any permission from the American people?

  • King Solomon||

    I say we cut the bitch in half.

  • Ska||

    I don't have a problem with immigrants, so if they have the means then they can have at it.

  • ||

    Yes, deport her because there is a possibility in the future that she could possibly work for the government. That makes sense.

    Hey, you might work for the government at some point; can we deport you, asshole?

  • Gibby||

    Psssst...

    We all work for the government.

  • ||

    Yeah, I was going to go there for lulz, but I have work to do, seemingly unlike most of the dipshits on this thread.

  • Zeb||

    "And you also think that the 6 billion other people on the planet can move to the USA without any permission from the American people?"

    If there were any chance that the bulk of the world's population would try to move to the US, your question might be worth considering. As it is, rates of immigration seem to be closely tied to supply and demand for labor. When there are far more workers than jobs, people will stop coming.

    After the first billion or so, the rest probably wouldn't want to come anyway.

  • Gojira||

    And you also think that the 6 billion other people on the planet can move to the USA without any permission from the American people?

    Why would that happen? Then the rest of the earth would be virtually abandoned. Doesn't seem to make any sense.

    Also, "The American People(tm)" is not a monolithic entity that speaks with one voice. Unless you're going to tell me that you honestly believe that our current electoral process is a true and just way to convey mass consent, at which point I will laugh at you.

  • ||

    Well, if one of those "American people" wants to give one of the 6 billion a job, and another of the "American people" wants to rent that person an apartment, then they have permission. Apparently, about 12 million Mexicans have been welcomed this way.
    I like the diversity. But if I didn't like the diversity, it still wouldn't be any of my business.
    Unless... you think there's some mystical bond between you and me by virtue of our having been born within a certain artificial geography.

  • Abdul||

    I'm not saying what happened to Nadia is right, but Mom and Dad should think about what their kids will go through when they move them around.

  • ||

    What the fuck does that even mean? How in any way does that justify anything? It's like you're stretching so hard to find a justification that you've pulled your brain muscle.

  • Abdul||

    It means that the law provides a disincentive to parents circumventing legal immigration.

    You know about incentives, right? Or were you jerking off the day that came up in Econ 101?

  • ||

    You like punishing children for their parent's misdeeds, big guy? Did you learn about that in Econ 101, or were you jerking off to the thought of punishing people?

  • Abdul||

    I was jerking off to immigrant lesbian porn.

    It's not the government that moved the borders around Nadia's parents. It's the parents who moved Nadia through them.

    I'm sure there are a number of foreign parents who would love to bring their kids here illegally, but instead they go though the process because they want to gurantee that the kids don't get deported later on.

  • La Raza||

    "It's not the government that moved the borders around Nadia's parents. It's the parents who moved Nadia through them."

    That's not always the case.

  • kilroy||

    I agree with Abdul here. I'm for totally open borders but we don't have them. If we have a law that says children brought in illegally get deported, Nadia shouldn't really get an exception. That's not fair to all the immigrants that jump through the hoops. The right answer is to dump the stupid law, IMO, but until then it should be applied consistently.

  • ||

    It has nothing to do with sin, or culpability to use a more secular term. It has to do with the fact that she is in this country illegally. She is not being prosecuted or punished for her actions, because there is no guilt. She is simply being removed and returned to her legal country of citizenship.
    Or to make is simpler for you; If I break into your house, pretend it's mine, and then rent it out to someone the renter has done nothing wrong, but you can still kick them out of your house right?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Sorry, I don't buy your "house" analogy. A house is a physical, real piece of private property. A nation-state is a social construct.

  • ||

    Exactly. The geographic location of your birth has no bearing on your rights as a human being. Or shouldn't.

    America ought to stand for people striving to pursue their dreams and better their own lives. Thias is supposed to be the land of liberty and opportunity for everyone.

  • ||

    If you followed the analogy you would get it. I'm not comparing a house to a country, I am comparing punishing the poor guy who rented a house with no knowledge it didn't belong to me to deporting a girl who didn't have any say in her parent's illegal actions. Get it now?

  • tarran||

    Diomasach: yet another commie retard who thinks that the government owns the entire country.

  • ||

    Wow, never been called a commie before. And no, for the record I believe it's the other way around. The country, and the government, belong to the people. Hence that whole "We the people" line...

  • ||

    And hence the People's Republic of China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

  • tarran||

    Then why the fuck are you analogizing a person purchasing a greyhound bus ticket from Mexico City to Phoenix to someone breaking into my house?

    Why use commie arguments if you're not a commie?

  • MWG||

    He's not a commie. He's a collectivist. Every bit as bad, but I think the distinction is important.

  • ||

    No, just not an anarchist. What's your solution? Eliminate borders entirely, let anyone in the world go wherever they want?
    Cool idea to talk about at hempfest, in reality not so much.

  • MWG||

    How bout respecting the rights of individual. If you think the current 'legal' system does that, you've clearly never been through it.

  • tarran||

    Dude, you're right, we need to keep those New Yorkers from driving into Massachusetts anytime they want.

    Not to mention those fuckers from new jersey.

    Come to think of it, those denizens from Worcester, we'd better put up some roadblock to check passports on the Pike.

    Because freedom is clearly not sustainable.

  • Amakudari||

    If I break into your house, pretend it's mine, and then rent it out to someone the renter has done nothing wrong, but you can still kick them out of your house right?

    So what exactly was taken by force that is being returned to its rightful owner here?

    (Fuck, if anything, we paid to educate her and now we want to force her to live in one of the shittiest countries in the world? I'm pretty sure we're giving something up here.)

  • Federal Dog||

    No, the mother should not be rewarded for stealing benefits from other children.

  • ||

    Yes, she entered the country illegally as an infant by herself. Man, those Bangladeshi infants are clever.

    You're an idiot.

  • Mr. Soul||

    No, the moral here is that its wrong to deport good students. if her grades were bad, then she should be shipped off. Thats, honestly, the part I hate the most. Its supposed to be EQUAL protection under the law.

  • Old Mexican||

    Re: Diomasach,

    So the moral of the story? It's okay to enter the country illegally, stay as long as you want[...]


    She did nothing that was actually illegal - there has to be intent of breaking the law to argue that the person broke the law.

    laws be damned - as long as you can get some sympathetic press...


    Idiotic laws change all the time. Alcohol was once illegal... and then, suddenly, it was not! So, what: Alcohol changed?

  • Gojira||

    I wonder if she's ever been oppressed by the MALE GAZE?

  • Devil's Advocate||

    Haven't we all been? Haven't WE ALL?!

  • Pip||

    I'm straight and even I have been oppressed by the MALE GAZE.

    Well, maybe more creeped out than opressed.

    And when people say you can't tell someone is gay, just by looking at them I say, yeah, that's true, but I sure can tell they're gayjust by how they are looking at me.

  • Rick Santorum||

    See? SEE! I warned you...

    Oh, I thought you said "gays." Nevermind.

  • Devil's Advocate||

    If only males used the power of their GAZE for Good, instead of Evil.

  • Pip||

    That was very funny.

  • Ska||

    When I'm staring at your ass I'm totally using the gaze for good.

  • Gojira||

    +10

  • ||

    Is she the one of the (my) right?

    Not even an uggo. Could be a fatty though.

  • Abdul||

    Good point--she should enter into a sham marriage for citizenship like an honest immigrant does.

  • BakedPenguin||

    **binaca spray** Nadia? What a pretty name. You know, most girls can't wear a sari like that...

  • ||

    Unfortunately, that old marriage thing never works out in real life the way it does in the movies.

  • johnl||

    Why a sham marriage? Why doesn't she just get married?

  • T||

    Every time I see 'Star College' I think 'Star Chamber'. I have no idea why...

  • ||

    It's a very nasty and punitive sort of morality that wants to punish people for things their parents did.

    Somebody is going to have to repay this debt.

  • Colin||

    Somewhat OT, but isn't is strange how you never hear of Bangladeshi terrorists or any form Islamic unrest there? I mean, they were once East Pakistan. I wonder how they manage to avoid it. It certainly isn't because they're not poor.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    . I wonder how they manage to avoid it.

    Umm...Because they didn't. Just ask this guy.

  • ||

    It's okay to enter the country illegally, stay as long as you want, laws be damned - as long as you can get some sympathetic press...

    No matter how many times you add it up, it comes out to zero, right?

  • ||

    That's something to keep in mind. I think I'm going to start paying The St. Petersburg Times protection money. Just a little insurance in case I need media support in the future.

    Incidentally, I just saved the newspaper industry with this cunning plan.

  • ||

    I thought you just had to be a communist to get good press from The St. Petersburg Times.

  • ||

    Yes, well, perhaps I should pay The Tampa Tribune instead.

  • ||

    I dunno, but my impression is that The St. Pete Times is awfully liberal for anywhere in Florida outside of Ft Lauderdale or Tallahassee.

  • ||

    It's crazy liberal.

  • ||

    I just saved the newspaper industry with this cunning plan.

    You MONSTER!

  • ||

    Now, now, we must protect the freedom of the press. It's in the Constitution!

  • Chatroom Crank||

    So, if she commits a capital crime, do we have to listen to whining if she isn't told about her right to contact the Bangladeshi embassy?

  • ||

    Retarded troll is retarded.

  • ||

    So retarded he doesn't know the difference between an embassy and a consulate.

    Actually that's a common mistake. A lot of people don't seem to know it.

  • Applederry||

    I get that it's part of the headline catch, but I hate the use of the term star college student. If she was just a C-student, would that mean deporting her would have been less bad?

    And frankly, "star" college students are a dime a dozen these days.

  • Abdul||

    If she could run the 40 in under 4.5 seconds, they'd give her citizenship and a medal.

  • ||

    That would be $132,456.00/dozen or $11,038.00 per year (2 semesters) for one incoming freshman at Sleepytown U fall 2011. Tuition and fees only not including housing, meals or books. This may still be the cheapest University in The Prairie State.
    Not that it matters much in the real world but this is a hefty increase above the $180.10 per 2 semesters Tuition, Fees AND Book rental I paid 43 years ago.

  • ||

    She is 20, an adult for 2 years. Not a child.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Try to keep up; twenty is the new thirteen. She can't even drink a snifter of champagne to celebrate.

  • Pip||

    Try to keep up; twenty-six is the new thirteen.

  • ||

    So. Foreigners don't have to obey our laws, but I do?

    Why am I supposed to trust and have faith in our government?

  • ||

    Do one year old babies have to obey the law? Are you fucking serious? This is the stupidest, most facile argument possible and a bunch of you morons are using it. You must enjoy looking fucking stupid.

  • ||

    Not babies, but by the time she's 7 or 8 she should have deported herself. She knew she was breaking to law by living with her parents in the only country she has ever known.

  • ||

    When are you going to deport yourself to Ireland? You know it's the moral thing to do.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    You're wasting your (Internet) breath, Epi. These people don't understand that whether or not a law is just is determined by something other than majority vote.

    150 years ago, these folks were the type to turn in fugitive slaves, "because it was the law". And if a few "free blacks" also got caught and sent down South, well you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, right?

  • ||

    I know. I have work to do, and I can't keep up with the goldbricking shitheads who have the time to post endlessly on the internet how babies should know they're breaking the law. It's like the stupider and nastier they are, the more they post.

  • shorter styrgwillidar||

    Those better not be brown eggs.

  • BakedPenguin||

    It reminds me of the people who justify the WoD on the fact that some people who use illegal drugs steal to pay for their (overpriced) drugs.

    The immigrants might use public resources and get welfare! Therefore, no immigrants!

  • Abdul||

    Why am I supposed to trust and have faith in our government?

    you picked the wrong place to ask that one.

  • ||

    Shit, never mind. My mistake about the status of the father led me to think that this wasn't the case... but that already applies.

    Derivation of Citizenship and Naturalization of Parents

    A child may become a U.S. citizen through the process of derivation if one of his parents becomes a U.S. citizen via naturalization. However, at the time the parent becomes naturalized, the child must have a green card, be under the age of 18, and living with the naturalized parent in order to take advantage of these laws. In addition, a child who becomes an American resident through this special process does not have to go through the process of applying for and passing a naturalization test.
  • ||

    And this is in the wrong thread. Argh.

  • ||

    That rule applies to adoptive parents as well, naturalized or native-born. But they still have to go through the whole green card process.

    It also applies to citizens who have childred abroad who do not qualify to become citizens at birth (usuall when one parent only is a citizen and they have not met certain residence requirements).

    Believe me immigration and citizenship law is hard. Attorneys who specialize in it do very very well.

  • ||

    How about... the minor children of a naturalized citizen are automatically naturalized? Too simple? Makes too much common goddamn sense?

  • Abdul||

    Would that have helped in this case? IIRC, her father is a legal resident, but not naturalized yet. After all, if he were a citizen, he could get his wife in through (non-sham) marriage.

  • ||

    I was under the impression that the father was naturalized, not just green carded.

  • ||

    Read the other thread again. You're right.

  • ||

    Green card holders can also sponsor immediate family members (spouse, minor children, parents). The rules are just slightly different than they are for citizens.

    There is a lot of information missing from the story. The lack of information leaves a lot of questions.

    I can only assume that the husband got his green card some time after the wife arrived, and for whatever reason, maybe bad advice from an immigration lawyer, they decided to go the asylum route for her so as not to mess up his application.

    Who knows. There's certainly hasn't been enough said about the history of the case to draw any firm conclusions from.

    I'm glad they've gotten a reprieve. I'm disappointed that there's not a more permanent resolution.

  • ||

    There is a penalty for being in the country illegally: You aren't allowed to apply for residency.

    It wouldn't matter if the husband is a citizen ... the wife and daughter have been in the US illegally, and the government knows it. They will not - in fact CANNOT - give them a visa. Unless a judge orders it.

  • ||

    Hazel, if I had to guess the circumstances here, I would say that the mother came over with the baby while the husband's paperwork was still wending its way through the INS/ICE bureaucracy (who knows how long he was here on some other kind of visa before his green card came through?).

    By the time they found out that her presence here had queered the deal (you normally have to apply for a spouse and/or child green card in your native country and stay there till it's issued, even if the sponsor is in the USA) it was too late for the reason you give.

    Then, either a friend or an immigration lawyer told the to try the asylum route.

    Another case of naifs caught up in Kafkaesque bureaucracy that is beyond their comprehension. By the time they learn the rules they've broken them all.

    That's my guess, FWIW.

  • ||

    Needs more hate.

  • Zeb||

    I don't think her father is naturalized yet. But that does sound like a sensible policy. Perhaps extend it to granting residency to minor children as long as their parents maintain permanent residency.

  • ||

    You know, I am fed up with "exceptions" - - illegal is illegal - they should all leave and our laws should start processing their re-entry ONE BY ONE - not in a swimming party across the Rio Grande with the reward being free welfare when they get to the other side.

  • ||

    I have a cunning plan. Instead of having legal and illegal immigration, let's ditch the whole system in favor of indentured servitude. Seven years, your ass is your master's. After that, you're a U.S. citizen.

    Preserves the cheap labor we love, makes immigrants earn their way into becoming Americans, requires that someone sponsor your entry and sign you up as an indentured servant, and has a built-in incentive for preventing illegal immigration (i.e., immigrants trying to evade servitude) in that everyone wants the cheap indentured servants instead of the more expensive "free" workers.

  • Ska||

    And provides Americans with seven years of foreign ass. Nice call.

  • ||

    This may be my finest moment.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    That's pretty much how it worked in the British Empire (including Colonial America.)

  • ||

    Worked for the Founding Fathers? That's enough for me.

    It's not like indentured servants don't have rights or that their masters don't owe their servants certain obligations. And if someone wants to renege on his contract, he can always leave the U.S.

  • ||

    That would actually be faster for many immigrants.

    H1-B is basically indentured servitude anyway. You can't chance H1-B or green card sponsor mis-process, so you basically have to work for that employer for the duration of the 6-7 years it takes to get your green card.

  • ||

    Man, I can't believe the administration isn't all over this.

  • sunny black||

    three words for a reality show contest on how to really solve this problem:

    The
    SAT
    Games

  • Tom||

    Please deport these ignorant Americans. This girl acts as though this is her country even though she is an immigrant.

  • Sitting Bull||

    My point exactly. White man = get out.

  • Tom||

    Please deport these ignorant immigrants. This girl acts as though this is her country even though she is an immigrant.

  • MWG||

    Definitely NOT worth repeating.

  • ||

    What's with the "star" bullshit?

  • ||

    DEPORT THESE PEOPLE. MAKE THE CALL:
    _____________________-
    Here's the story:
    ""URGENT: Nadia and her mother are scheduled to be deported back to Bangladesh on September 29 at 11am. They were denied motion to reopen their case after a mistake of the immigration judge.

    Nadia was brought to the U.S. when she was only a one year old. She is now 19 and a junior at Stony Brook University in New York studying Psychology. Nazmin's husband is a green card holder and she has three younger children, all of whom are U.S. citizens and need her to stay in the country.

    TAKE ACTION - MAKE A CALL:

    1. Call DHS – Janet Napolitano (202-282-8495) and ICE – John Morton (202.732.3000)

    "I am calling to ask that Nadia Habib (A# 073-588-622) and her mother Nazmin Habib (A#073-642-352) be DEPORTED NOW.

    America is overrun with "special" situations, "exceptional" circumstances by law breaking illegal aliens- the real truth is - they broke our laws. If we have to obey our laws, all illegal aliens should, also.

    Deport them.

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