1/10/2018--Immigration is a big subject now. And I happen to be an expert in the subject. Not because I wanted to be. But because I have lived it.
I have sponsored people to become legal residents to the United States from other Nations. Not an easy task. Especially when they were escaping from a Civil War in their native Country. But I did it without question. If it meant saving a life, I did it willingly and without hesitation.
But today, it has become just another political issue in the United States. And that bothers me a lot. Because being humane, and wanting to use an issue to get votes is a whole different issue.
This issue comes to my mind every 90 days when I have to leave the Country where I own property to get a new Visa. And at the same time, people who have illegally entered my Country are supposed to be forgiven for their illegal acts.
Suppose I decided that I would go to the Plaza of the Constitution in Guatemala and wave the US flag and demand my rights. Believe me, it would not go well for me. Because Guatemala, like every other Country on earth except the US actually enforces their immigration laws.
Yesterday, they had a story in the Prensa Libre, the top newspaper in the Country about a Russian family who came to Guatemala to in their words, "escape Russian oppression", and they bought documents which made them Guatemalans. The Father got sentenced to 16 years in Prison, and his Wife and Daughter got sentenced to 12 years in Prison.
Each year, billions, yes BILLIONS of US Dollars are sent by Guatemalans who are illegally in the United States to their families here. And of course, the government wants that to continue because it benefits their economy.
And me? A US Citizen who owns property in Guatemala and lives here? I can't work or make a dime because if I do, it will not end well. Oh, yes, I can claim my Wife for Residency. But I will have to pay a lot of money (more than they ever paid to live in the US) and wait quite a while to get that permit. Which is why I choose to leave every 90 days.
Sorry, but I find it difficult to feel sorry for people who have illegally entered my Country of birth. I am one of those people who have experienced the difference between the laws in the United States and the laws in other Nations. And if you are illegally in MY Country of birth, don't wave the flag of another Nation and demand your "rights" because you have the same rights as I have in yours...NONE.
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