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America, the Great.

Have you ever heard that saying? Why is she so Great? In this context, the most relevant fact is that no other country in the world has so many people who want to come here, and no other country in the world allows so many other people to do so. I am not talking about the millions of people who just want to leave their own countries because of war, famine, corruption, or persecution, though many of them do see America as the place to go to. But if this country changes to become like all the countries these people have come from, then we lose what was so distinct, or great, that made them want to come here in the first place. Coming to American doesn't mean you change her, to come to America is to find your dream within the confines of her.

Allan Erickson {July 17, 2014 at 12:53pm} wrote and I quote:

"What’s so great about America?

Anyone can come here and completely reinvent themselves. This is still the land of opportunity: there are few restrictions and almost unlimited possibilities.

Through discipline and hard work, an individual can prosper and enjoy freedom unknown to 99.9% of humans who’ve ever lived.

The individual is free to pursue any dream or ambition, and all this is because we have economic freedom supported by a governing structure that exists according to the consent of the governed. The government works for us – if we are diligent enough to hold it accountable.

Ours is the most diverse and inclusive culture on earth.

America is great because Americans are kind.

America is great because we are a nation of dreamers, inventors, artists, builders and doers. We exalt in achievement, rebound from failure and encourage one another every step of the way, from the little league, to the majors, in every walk of life.

To be an American is to become an American: a person has to make a conscious effort to consider and believe in our principles, the most successful applied principles ever seen anywhere at any time.

America is great in large part because we have always encouraged one another to live out a simple creed: “Love your neighbor.”

America is great because her people are good, and her people are good because of their faith in the God of love.

My country is great because Americans are the most generous and giving people on earth.

America is great because she is reluctant to go to war but unafraid of confronting the thug and the tyrant.

America is great because we fight according to the rules, and when we win, we reach back to our enemies and make them friends.

America is great because of our constitutional republic, our system of checks and balances, our system of justice based on the rule of law, the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial and other protections demanding government uphold the rights of citizens.

America is great because we do not put up with tyrants, and we always look out for the little guy, the orphan and the widow.

Americans are great because somehow, we always find a way to bounce back.

America is great because America welcomes the immigrant who comes here legally pledging to become an American and promising to help us form a more perfect union.

America is great because when we see our sin, we decide to do something about it, and we are among the few societies which successfully and consistently evaluates whether or not we are living up to our creed.

America is great because our revolution was a genuine revolution that was fought for the sake of good principles, yielding something entirely new: the land of the free, populated by self-governing people devoted to virtuous living.

America is great because people, individually, and voluntarily, make a conscious decision every day to look out for the liberty of others, and protect the liberty of others, even if it means death on some lonely battlefield.

America is great because her mission is peace, her purpose is protection, her provision is prosperity, and her lifeblood is liberty."

I want you remember, that when you receive that visa, and it will be well worth the wait, you are joining two families; those of your new family and those of These United States. May God bless you and yours and may God continue to Bless America.

Happy Independence Day


Adjustment of Status

AOS March 5, 2014 Submitted AOS with EAD/AP package to Chicago USICS

Delivered March 8, 2014 AOS packaged delivered to USCIS drop box

Accepted March 19, 2014 Text message with receipt numbers

Biometrics April 16, 2014 Biometrics completed

EAD May 23, 2014 Employment Authorization Document approved and went to card production

TD May 23, 2014 Travel Document approved and went for card production

Receipt EAD/AP May 30, 2014 Received combo card EAD/AP

Green Card Approved July 11, 2014 Approved, no interview. Went to card production.

Green Card received July 17, 2014 GC received without interview

Removal of Conditions

Mailed I-751 Dec 16, 2015 Submitted ROC (removal of conditions)

Received Dec 18, 2015 USPS notification of successful delivery

Check Cashed Dec 21, 2015 Check was cashed

NOA-1 Issued Dec 21, 2015 NOA-1 for ROC issued

NOA-1 Issued Dec 26, 2015 NOA-1 Received

Biometrics Appt. Jan 29, 2016 Biometrics Appointment Scheduled [Completed]


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