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I am the descendant of legal immigrants, and I, too, am in favor of immigration reform. We should pass a constitutional amendment that forbids giving citizenship, in perpetuity, to anyone whose first act in setting foot in America was to break the law, and deny citizenship to anyone born here who does not have at least one legal resident as a parent. Emigrating to the United States is one of the easier processes in the world. I am sick of hearing how I am "anti-immigrant" because I merely want you to obey the law so that we can ensure both fair and orderly immigration, and protect our national security. I support immigration to avoid religious and political persecution, and I support a fair chance for all of those who come to our shores willing to follow the rules, whom I welcome with open arms. The ones who do not should go home where they legally belong.