Once again the dreaded April 15th tax deadline has passed for U.S. citizens. Tax complexity increases every year because each special case added to the tax code benefits a potential election campaign donor. While Americans are breathing a collective sigh of relief in the knowledge that they've once again cheated something as unavoidable as death, few understand that complexities and bureaucratic obstacles in U.S. tax laws are minor compared to that experienced by immigrants. Much has changed since the mid 19th century when my Prussian, Walloon, Irish?, Tunisian? ancestors arrived and someone recorded an approximation of their name in a book and asked them to try to stay off the dole.
I challenge "real" journalists, bloggers and citizens of every nation to walk a mile in the footsteps of an immigrant to your homeland. Where would you start? How would you become legal? Who would you trust? [Read More]