Love in times of immigration, according to Jon Kyl

Porque un amor sin papeles no es amor.

Porque un amor sin papeles no es amor.

Undocumented? Single? Need papers? Stop wasting your time on dating sites that won’t solve your needs. Meet Citizen4Me, the newest dating network that promises to find you love and papers at the same time.

Now you can marry the gabacho or gabacha of your dreams thanks to the initiative a group of soñadores bien emprendedores from DREAM Big Vegas who listened attentively to what retiring Arizona republican senator Jon Kyl, otherwise known as padrino de bodas in chief, said as three republicans presented the ACHIEVE Act.

We still don’t know what the proposed legislation achieves, but here’s what he said at a press confernece in Washingto D.C.:

“Realistically, young people frequently get married. In this country, the biggest marriage pool are U.S. citizens. A U.S. citizen can petition for a spouse to become a citizen in a very short time…so I don’t think it’s any big secret that a lot of people who might participate in this program are going to have a very quick path to citizenship, if that’s the path they choose.”

After reading Kyl’s statements and a couple of Facebook status, Astrid Silva from DREAM Big Vegas decided to start Citizen4Me, a thriving Facebook group with some 3,765 members as this post was being written 4,299 members registered as of December 6.

Silva explained that the page is a satirical dating site in which DREAMers can find their US citizen that would help them get papers.

“People can post their ‘profile’, which is nothing more than a picture and a little bit about who they are,” she explains. “People can then interact with others who not only support the DREAM Act but are involved in activism around the country.”

Silva said that Kyl’s comments show how out of touch he is with the immigration system.

“For him to imply that DREAMers should just marry instead of proposing a solution is very unfortunate,” she said.

And even though the page has its own DREAM match maker, the intention is not to get people to marry each other, as Silva explains.

Lawyers (what do they know?) explain that getting married for papers would be fraud under immigration law, as Sen Kyl knows very well.

It also has to be recognized that the immigration system does not include LGBTQ/undocumented couples for legal purposes, an added problem with Kyl’s comments, Silva explains.

“This bill would exclude our LGBTQ DREAMers since they cannot currently be married thanks to DOMA,” she said. “I really hope that people see how ignorant it is to assume that marriage will solve an issue this big.”

The possibilities of this bill to go somewhere before the legislative session ends are slim, especially because three of its sponsors are retiring by the end of this term.

Unlike the DREAM Act, the Achieve Act doesn’t provide a path to full citizenship, perpetuating the underclass and not really solving any part of the failed immigration system.

Instead, the bill would create three types of visas (W1, W2, and W3) that would grant legal residence for those who pursue higher education or serve the U.S. military.

The Achieve Act

To qualify for these visas, candidates would have to meet the following requirements:

  • Must have lived in the U.S. 5 years
  • Must have arrived no later than age 14
  • Can’t have a criminal record
  • Must be an English speaker no older than 28
  • Won’t have access to federal benefits.

About Gustavo Martínez Contreras

was born in Texas, brewed in Mexico City, seasoned in the Mexico-United States border, aged walking the streets of Philadelphia. He had a short-lived stint eating grits, fried chicken, and peaches in Atlanta. He later became a béisbol writer for El Diario de Nueva York. He has written about immigrant communities in English, Spanish, and some Spanglish. Although he does not have a shelf full of awards, Gustavo has received thank you notes and hugs from people who have trusted him with their stories. His work has appeared in Voices of New York, El Diario/La Prensa, Dallas’ Al Día, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Weekly, Radio Bilingüe, Latina Lista, Spot.us, among others. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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