Marriage, a role in our society look upon by some as a beautiful ceremony of two peoples love for each other. By others, marriage is just another way of benefiting from what our country has to offer to those who marry in U.S soil. A very big benefit that comes with being married is the right to citizenship. Although we should all have a right to citizenship, many illegals pay to get married just for the privilege of becoming an American citizen. Nonetheless, punishment for this act of marital fraud has consequences have bigger consequences than the benefits received.
A couple marital benefits would be filing taxes jointly and inheriting a spouse’s house. Many illegals marry in states such as Florida because of the weak divorce laws which basically state that anyone can get a divorce as long as the marriage is unfixable. Each year 1.3 million aliens enter the United States, both illegal and legal. Many of these immigrants actually put in effort on taking the prerequisites on getting a green card. With such a long process though, many believe just buying their way into citizenship would be less of a hassle.
When talking to a friend who comes from another country, I was told almost half of the people she knows got married for their papers. Many of which offer prices that range from fifteen thousand dollars to even higher prices. Of course, it isn’t so easy to prove that the marriage is legit but those that do marry for the paper work believe it is worth the money and the stress. “Half the people I have introduced you to got married for their paper work and you would never even know it,” she stated when asking her about this topic. Such a statement like that peeks my interest of wondering how many people do only get married in this country for their benefits.
Couples, however, will need to show proof such as pictures of the wedding or have people to testify that the marriage is indeed true. The government will also check up on the couple to make sure the marriage is not a fraud. So many benefits can only come with a very high risk of being caught and a heavy consequence. “Any individual who knowingly enters into a marriage for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws shall be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or fined not more than $250,000, or both (I.N.A. § 275(c); 8 U.S.C. § 1325(c)).” (Bray) This act can only bring more harm if not handle correctly and truthfully.
As Americans, we should not take the money given to us by these aliens. For every one hundred immigrants that enter the United States, sixty five American’s become unemployed. We should all have a right for citizen ship but it should never be bought and personally I think a true American shouldn’t let people from other countries receive American benefits by buying their way it. Letting acts such as marriage frauds lets others sneak their way in and destroy all that a marriage stands for.