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I voted "no".

If you have written and are "allowed" to go to Columbia to work, then it's not like they aren't going to know you're coming; it's not like your wife is smuggling you in; and it's very doubtful they would let you go there/be there/remain there without going through the proper "legal" channels to do so.

Now, whether or not that would make you the same as your wife, I don't know. Depends on how she got here in the first place. sck You say she "found" a job here. However, you're also saying that you've "asked" for a job there. That in itself would probably make your experiences and circumstances different.

You have said that we're all "illegals" which is true for any of us who have ever broken the law. But, the majority of us do not continue to live as "illegals" because I would venture to say that most of us correct whatever infraction caused us to gain that illegal status in the first place.

Case in point: I didn't renew my driver's license when it expired on my birthday this year until last week. I was "illegal" every time I got behind the wheel of my car. I actually told people I was illegal (friends and family) ... because it was true .. and you know me and the truth are constant companions. Smile

I know the term irks you, ricardomath .. and I understand the reasons why it does. Really, I do. But it applies to any and everybody who is doing something against the laws that govern whatever they are doing. To say it's not real or accurate is simply not factual.

And that's nothing towards trying to hurt you or what you feel so strongly about. It's just the way it is. And I can understanding you not liking it, but I can't understand you not understanding it. Roll Eyes
Originally posted by James Wesley Chester:
At the risk of stating the obvious, it will depend largely on whether you do it legally, or not.


Jim Chester

Are you sure that it is so obvious? That doesn't match my experience.

I've parked illegally lots of times, and have never been called an "illegal".

I've exceeded the posted speed limit many, many times, but have never been called an "illegal".

I've probably been arrested about 30 times or so, and jailed well over a dozen times, anywhere from a couple of days to 30 days at a time, and have never ever been called an "illegal".

I was even sentenced to serve 3 years in prison once when I was in graduate school (for pouring blood on the desk of the president of Johns Hopkins University in protest of military R&D at the JHU Applied Physics Lab), and was still never called an "illegal". (I was called a terrorist by the student paper in an editorial, but that's another matter.)

So my experience tells me that merely doing something that is illegal is not sufficient for a person to be labeled as an "illegal".

So I wonder why you see it is so "obvious".
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