When I was an immigrant.....
Most people had no problem because I spoke English - learned to spell words the U.S. way and dropped some of my Canadian accent
only because I didn't notice it had disappeared nor did I try.
Whenever someone found out I was an immigrant - I was asked a few times (while working and going to school)...."are you legal?"
Had I not been legal although I refused to pack around all the documentation you are awarded.....I would have been more upset but again this was something new to me - curiosity about legal and illegal - I'd never given it a thought in Canada - but now I was suspected
of being "one of them".
When I married my American husband people stopped asking because for some reason they thought you "automatically became a citizen through marriage - not!" I stayed out of pure laziness and disinterest in politics until my husband died and one of his last
requests was that I gain my legal status - or duality. I promised I would and did - a year later - although it took several years to get sworn in - at least I had kept my promise.
Now I vote - have no idea where I belong when there only seems to be two major choices - and wonder how all these people can agree
on such a small number of people to satisfy their issues.....but I am learning....
I have to admit I resent the "illegal" terminology but regardless of the meaning of the word - unless one is documented - one is illegal if one is taking up a job a citizen should be allowed to have. That is my only gripe - otherwise, I think everyone should be allowed into the
nation to contribute and blend and come and go as they wish, unless they wish to work - that is a different story.
Immigration is contribution - not expectation of a free ride.