Political asylum is defined as, "protection given by one country to refugees from another" (Prentice Hall America, Pathways to the Present, p 1009). Political asylum is a phrase that was most often than not accompanied by dread, gloom and suffering. These situations associated with troubles and hardships. This was a person's freedom being taken away just because of where they lived. This was wrong.
October 1968, Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Soviet Empire (Russians) and had Eastern Europe shaken and stirred by political troubles. As "Prague's Spring", which was a democracy being established in a communist ruled Czechoslovakia, began to form, the Russians were quite unhappy with this and consequently invaded the country and crushed their democracy. This invasion resulted in the start of the Iron Curtain and a huge refugee and immigration wave, which my father was a part of.
The United States happily extended a helping hand because of this politically oppressed regime (which was know well and spread over the news) and therefore allowed immigrants to enter our glorious country.
In the 70's, America accepted you as an immigrant because you were politically oppressed or were escaping from political asylum.
Upon living in America, you needed to follow certain rules and regulations to become a full time citizen. The following rules applied to immigrants from Czechoslovakia at this time:
1.Apply for a green card (document which served as a temporary ID good for five years).
2.Register every January to the INS (Immigration Naturalization Service)
3.After five years, you are legible to apply for citizenship, which you must do, and become part of the United States of America.
The first five years you could have no involvement with troubles with the law, and punishment at that time was deportation. You had to go...