New York
Post #16
Monday June 10, 2013 1:37am

Joined Jul 2012
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Why would our laws want to prevent this, where is corruption when you need it?

Post #17
Monday June 10, 2013 2:30am

Joined Aug 2012
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Original post from navi8132

My question is how can the law be so convoluted that a simple set of scenarios can't be stated to explain exact timelines for him (his timeline if he gets married to an American and stays in America, his timeline if he stays in America but not married, etc). How is it unknown what the various situational timelines are??

Our immigration system is broken if you havent noticed. And currently the donkeys and elephants can't come to an agreement on anything, so why would immigration be any different. We litterally have millions of kids like diego in this country. They were brought here illegally by their parents at veryy young ages, were never cast out of the country, know nothing but America and American culture, only to grow up and find out that they aren't legal and must jump through hoops to become american, even though it is the only thing they've ever known. It'd be nice if congress could understand this and pass the dream act, which essentially fast tracks kids like diego to citizenship.

I really don't know if diego will ever represent the us, and neither does he. The guy doesn't even have a green card yet and can't even enter into the lottery until after high school graduation. However, he will probably be able to attain one fairly quickly being that he has live in the US since he was five and the biggest thing is that he can get a good word from his employer (the Revs and the Kraft Family, who kinda are a big deal in american sports). Hell Fredy Montero got his green card within just about a year of playing for the sounders.

So lets say Diego gets his GC by the time he is 19, he'd still have to wait another 5 years (3 years if he gets married to a US citizen) to get full citizenship, and not leave the US for more than I believe 6 months at a time. So I'm guessing that he'll be somewhere between the age of 22-24 before becoming a us citizen, that is pretty old for someone everybody thinks will be the second coming of Landon Donovan and not to be cap-tied by uruguay who could come calling. Basically if everyone thinks he is going to be the next LD an MLS team needs to step up and show him the money and get him on a multi-multi year contract. It could keep him in the states and prevent Uruguay from sniffing around too much being that they'll might have better options playing over in europe. Bottom line I thinks it's pretty much 50/50 at this point, who knows.

New York
Post #18
Monday June 10, 2013 2:34am

Joined Jul 2012
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What if the DREAM act gets adopted?

Post #19
Monday June 10, 2013 2:48am

Joined Apr 2013
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Well all we can do is dream about him playing for the USA

Post #20
Monday June 10, 2013 2:55am

Joined Aug 2012
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Now that he is 18 I don't think the dream act would effect him anyway, but if it had been passed a number of years ago when diego was a minor he would of, I believe, gained conditional permanent residency and his 5 year wait would have begun then. Being that it was shot down in congress in 2001 or 2002, had it passed, he'd already be an american citizen. I'm no immigration attorney, but I think it'll be veryy difficult to get him into the USMNT.

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