You might be a stupid immigrant, if you try to comply with every single rule you have to deal with while remaining in the U.S. legally.
You might be a stupid immigrant, if your brother really just comes to the U.S. to visit you and returns home like he should after the visit.
You might be a stupid immigrant, if, after countless hours of reading, visits to the lawyer's office, phone calls with the BCIS, browsing through web sites, and asking people who should know, you are still uncertain exactly which form to file, and keep wondering if you've done anything that might jeopardize your status.
You might be a stupid immigrant, if you have to smile patiently when your colleagues think you're taking an extended vacation even though you must leave the country until October 1st to be able to remain in status.
You might be a stupid immigrant, if you ever tried to explain and failed, because nobody listens to you, how come the dude at the coffee shop down the street has no problem taking a job, but, you, with a Ph.D., cannot accept an offer because of your status.
Clearly, you're a smart immigrant if you overstay your visa, take jobs you're not allowed to take, sign mortgages you are not supposed to borrow, send your children to school on the dime of citizens and legal residents, get your children college loans, or, even, have your children accepted at Ivy League schools on the sob story of them being "illegally" in the United States.
We need real immigration reform now!
Rewarding people (and, yes, giving work permits to children of illegal aliens is rewarding both the children and their parents) for breaking the law only invites more.
If you could claim yourself a primo parking spot on New York City's Fifth Avenue just by illegally parking your car there for a few days, what do you think would happen?
These children can travel back to the countries where their parents are from. Most of them very likely still have either friends or family back home who could take in these "children" while they sent their college applications and waited for responses. Having been raised in the U.S., they would already have several advantages compared to the local population. Some of these are:
Fluency in English to help them score higher on tests like the SAT and TOEFL.
A high school degree from a U.S. high school.
Familiarity with how the system works.
Connections with American teachers, business people or others who might write nice recommendation letters.
After being accepted at a college, these "children" can apply for an F1 visa and enter the U.S. under the terms of the F1 visa. Following graduation, they can find employment by taking advantage of F1 Practical Training which would provide them with a transition to H1 which allows for immigration intent. They can use their time on H1 as a springboard to resident alien status (i.e. obtain a so-called Green Card). After five years as a law abiding legal resident alien, they can apply for their citizenship.
So, clearly, children of illegal aliens do have a clear path to becoming law abiding U.S. citizens.
They just think that the path is too arduous.
'cause they're smart.
'cause people who follow the rules are stupid immigrants.
To counter this while taking advantage of the human capital of people who want to play by the rules, we need real immigration reform now!