Immigration Tango

Published: 6.07.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 5:13
Accent: American / Colombian
Source: Immigration Tango

An American couple tries to help their immigrant friends stay in the country through immigration.


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  • arrangements [n] - plans
  • extended [adj] - long
  • expire [v] - run out / no more time
  • jumpy [adj] - nervous
  • bullshit [n] - not fair / not true
  • emigrate [v] - move to a new country permanently
  • visa lottery [n] - a lottery to give people immigration visas
  • Power Ball [n] - a famous lottery in the the US
  • chip in [phv] - everyone contributes some money together
  • I'm game.[exp] - I will do it.
  • This is way over my head [exp] - This is too much for me.
  • Congress [n] - a part of the government
  • marriage fraud [n] - getting married for illegal purposes
  • disbarred [adj] - unable to practice law or be a lawyer
  • sacred [adj] - connected to god
  • commitment [n] - promise
  • 6 months left [exp] - 6 months remaining
  • vested [v] - given to
  • your fancy [n] - your preference
  • hubba hubba[exp] - hot / sexy

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

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Mike Betty Carlos Elena
  • Mike (American) and Betty (American) are a couple.
  • Carlos (Colombian) and Elena (Russian) are a couple.
  • The visas of Carlos and Elena will soon expire and they will have to leave the US.
  • Mike and Betty want to help Carlos and Elena stay in the US.

triangle Questions

  1. Elena’s visa will expire in less than a month.

  2. They can't afford to pay for a lawyer.

  3. Betty offers to give them free legal help.

  4. Betty is a lawyer.

  5. It is only possible to immigrate into the US through marriage.

  6. There is a lottery for immigrants to get a visa in the US.

  7. Carlos and Betty have good jobs in the US.

  8. Carlos is willing to marry a man or a woman.

  9. Getting married to each other is Elena’s idea.

  10. Betty is excited about the plan.

  11. Mike wants to help Carlos and Elena because they are his best freinds.

  12. They have to stay married for two years.

  13. There are severe penalties for marriage fraud in the US.

  14. Betty is in law school.

  15. Carlos’s visa will expire before Elena’s visa expires.

  16. Mike and Elena get married first because Betty is nervous.

  17. The marriage official encourages Mike to kiss Elena more passionately.

  18. Carlos gets jealous when Mike kisses Elena.

  19. Mike gets jealous when Carlos hugs Betty.

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Officer: You know, your visa expires in 20 days, so if I were you I’d make some travel arrangements, otherwise you’ll be coming back here for an extended stay.

Elena: Where is Carlos?

Mike: In the car. This place makes him a little jumpy.

Elena: The agent said they had received reliable information that my status had expired.

Carlos: That is bullshit! Can’t we sue the police, or hire a lawyer or something?

Elena: (in Spanish) No pudemos pudar mi amor.

Mike: What’d she say?

Carlos: No money for lawyers.

Betty: Well maybe I could do it. I’m almost a lawyer.

Carlos: Oh boy.

Betty: There are basically two ways to immigrate into the US: through an employer or family member.

Carlos: We don’t have either one.

Betty: I know. So your only hope is winning the visa lottery.

Mike: What is that?

Elena: It’s a lottery for green cards.

Carlos: And what are our chances?

Betty: About the same as winning the Powerball . The only way you can legally stay in the US is for you to find a US citizen to marry. The same for you, Carlos.

Carlos: It’s not a bad idea. It’s a pretty good idea.

Elena: What?

Carlos: Come on, it wouldn’t be so hard to find somebody to marry you.

Mike: We could pay somebody, yeah? I mean...

Betty: They don’t have any money. Neither do we.

Mike: We could chip in.

Carlos: We don’t need any money; they would marry her for free. And I would marry a rich white guy too.

Elena: Are you crazy?

Carlos: Yes.

Betty: That’s illegal; you have to marry a woman.

Carlos: Fine! I’ll marry a rich white girl. It doesn’t matter. I’m handsome. What’s so funny? I’m serious.

Mike: No ... that might actually work! I mean I mean, if you're game, I'm game. Why not?

Betty: What wait, this is way over my head. Let’s find a real lawyer.

Betty: You want to what?

Mike: Betty, you said you wanted to help them out.

Betty: Yeah help – donate time to the cause, give free legal advice. But not you.

Mike: This is something I want to do and I know it’s going to be tough. But look, maybe this is something we need.

Betty: This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. We do not need this. Our lives are perfectly fine just the way they are.

Mike: This is Elena, and in this case it really is just a piece of paper. They’re our best friends.

Betty: I know.

Mike: Well, then let’s do it! What’s the worst that could happen?

Carlos: So how long do we have to stay married?

Betty: Two years, that’s a long time. And it’s serious. I have to state again that Congress has devoted an entire act for the penalties in engaging in marriage fraud. I could be disbarred before I even finish law school.

Elena: She’s right. This isn’t something to rush into.

Mike: You’re the one who’s running out of time.

Elena: Marriage is supposed to be a sacred commitment.

Mike: We’ll still be couples. It’s just she’ll be married to Carlos, and I’ll be married to you. Nothing will change.

Carlos: Hey, wait a second. I still have 6 months left on my visa.

Mike: OK, then I’ll go first. Elena, do you want to get married to me?

Elena: I don’t know.

Carlos: I guess it’s the only way.

Elena: You guys are our best friends and to give us this opportunity to remain here together. I don’t know what to say.

Carlos: Then say yes.

Official: By the power invested in me by the state of Alabama, I now pronounce you man and wife. Or woman and husband, whatever be your fancy. You may now kiss the bride. Anytime today son.

Official: What the hell was that? Put your arms around her! Give her some tongue, son!

Elena: We’re just a little shy.

Carlos: Did it flash? You need to kiss her again – it didn’t flash. Sorry man, kiss her like you mean it, like a man.

Official: Right on! Hubba hubba!

Betty: OK, I’ll take a picture.

Carlos: Hold on. Let me get on the other side. Hold on Ok.

Betty: One, two, three

Carlos: Perfect. One with the ring! One with the ring! One more!

Betty: Congratulations.

Carlos: We’re next, baby!

Betty: Oh, god.

Mike: Ok, Ok, Ok, Ok. She’s still my girlfriend.

Carlos: Take it easy. You just got married. Finally.

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