THE UNITED STATES IS NOT a horrible place to live for most people. But it can be for people who have committed crimes in the past. Last year, an anonymous poster on the website Quora wrote about his difficulty finding jobs in the United States, and his dilemma as to whether or not he should leave the country to seek employment.
“I ruined my life at an early age. I committed and was convicted of two separate non-violent offenses (embezzlement and forgery of a financial document). It’s been 8 years since I’ve last been in trouble, and I’ve turned my life around.
The poster has received his GED, as well as an Bachelor’s, and he’s in the process of getting a Masters in Information Technology. But now, whenever he seeks employment, background checks turn up the felony, and he is rejected. Housing has even been difficult to come by.