Thank you to one of my readers, Horker P. Slappy, for sending me this story about relationships. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did...
A few years ago, I worked at a place where all of my immediate coworkers were originally from Mexico. They had all lived in the US for several years, and I think they were legal. (Not entirely sure.) One day, just a couple of weeks after the dating relationship I had been in ended, one of my coworkers approached me with an interesting set-up idea. He had a friend who was hoping for a green card. This friend would pay me $2000 to marry him, in name only he assured me, so that he could get legal status in the US. All I would have to do is show up at the JOP, take this guy's name for a year, and take the money and go my way. After the year was up, I would be free to divorce the guy or annul the marriage, and I would get good samaritan bonus points for helping a fellow in need. Tempting, but no. I politely declined, although my coworker tried for several days to convince me. I just never felt like that would be a good idea.
And, I agree, Horker. I agree. When I was a missionary in Houston, I had a similar experience. I don't think I was offered $2,000, though. Now I feel like a one cow wife.
In all seriousness, it was also explained to me that if you're going to get citizenship, you have to be able to prove that you are still together for seven years, or something. And I heard it's easier if you procreate together. Maybe. I could be remembering wrong. And, I'm guessing that a green card is different.
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