We are about to embark on a legal bureaucratic process.
I, Karina, want to become legal residence and thus one day citizen. I want to be able to vote, travel, have a valid I.D and not worry about deportation.
Aside from paying taxes my entire life in the USA, I am a law abiding documented illigal alien.
I was born in the Republic of Ukraine of the Former USSR to an Armenian father and a Ukrainian mother. Because my parents were of different ethnicities, they faced severe racial tenstions from local government, authorities, and the community. Thus when I was born, my parents feared for my safety.
WhenI was 4 years old my parents emmigrated to Canada where they sought political asylum and were denied. When I was 8 years old my parents and I moved to the USA, Philadelphia where they registered themselves & I with a SSN and began their long legal battle.
My parents were denied legal status and were put on deportation. Because USSR is not an existance country both Ukraine (my mother's birthplace) and Georgia (my father's birthplace) deny their USSR citizenship. They are currently in limbo meaning the country they reside (and pay taxes, follow law) does not accept them and the country of their birth does not exist.
As for me, I did not truly began to grasp the severity of my parents, and thus, my immigration case until I became a college applicant. Where I was denied FAFSA, grants, and scholarships solely because I was not a legal resident BUT, ironically, I have been a tax paying & law abiding illigal alien through out my working adult life.
Currently, on seeking advice from our lawyer (Steven Barsamian) I have only two options either wait until the Federal Government makes changes in the USA immigration policy or attain legal residency through marriage.
The first option does not sound promising given the economic climate but the 2nd option is a lot more promising but unfortunately will cost a pretty penny. Between court fees, lawyer fees, and paperwork fees (which is suprisingly) expensive.
Kevin and I are in love and have been together for 3 years and we have been living together for 2 years. Our relationship is real, beautiful, and joyous. We want to get married because we love one another and we want to spend the rest of our lives together; it so happens that it can help my immigration status a lot.
I ask the help of my community, in which I have been part of since I was four years old and I consider my home. Any donations made will go directly to lawyer fees, court fees, and paper work fees. All extra donations will be given to both help my parents immigration case and donated to the DREAM ACT (http://www.dreamactivist.org/)