Normally I try to stay away from political topics on here but this one is close to my heart. And that is the topic of immigration. First let me start off by saying that it is not so easy to get into this country legally. Let me tell you a little story and you will see what I mean.
Years ago, my husband had to stay in Mexico due to visa issues. ( I know what you are thinking since I am an American citizen my husband would automatically be given one. Nope it doesn’t work that way) The older two girls were 5 and 2 1/2 and because Maddie had started school we made the decision for me to take the two girls back to the states and his parents who had legal visas were going to come back and help me with the girls. A friend of ours was going to meet us at the border and drive our van and us to our nephews in Dallas and we were going to drive home to North Carolina from there. That was the plan however immigration had another idea.
When we got to the border his parents were not allowed to cross even though they had visas for them to get in the country legally but because they did not bring a bank statement with them they were not allowed to enter. Now they had been to the United States before so I just could not understand the reasoning behind it.
It always make me leary when we cross the border to Mexico wondering if my own country will let me get back in. In fact most of the time at the border I am the only questioned they ask me where was I born and things like that. And I have an American passport. I often times tell them instead of just the state I mention the military base Camp Lejeune ( where I was born) just so that they know they are questioning the daughter of a former Marine.
So when I hear people talking about sending Mexicans back to their countries I cringe. Yes they are here illegally but a lot of them give back to economy and well as taking on menial jobs that most Americans don’t want to do. And when I see post like our tax dollars support them because they get welfare I want to say where are the statistics I can guarantee there is alot more Americans getting welfare than Mexicans.
Now I am not saying that there aren’t a few that do play the system as I know there are. But for the most part there are men and women like my husband who has worked for the same man for over 20 years and still continues to work for him. Who takes on side jobs so that he doesn’t have to burden the system to pay bills and who also work until they collapse?
I also want to mention that it is so expensive to even apply for a visa much less get one. I think we ended up paying over $1,000 and that was many years ago just to get his application processed and then we had to pay for the visa itself. Anybody that has dealt with immigration knows that it is not an easy organization to deal with. I just wish people would just stop and think and put themselves in somebody else’s shoes before they open their mouths. This country was founded by immigrants for immigrants and somehow in the grand scheme of things it has begun to exclude what this country was built on.
Just look at the plaque that hangs on the Statue of Liberty
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!“
When did the lamp go out? When did it become a crime to want to better your life and the life of your family? When did the door for poor immigrants close? If you feel the need to comment please do but know that I monitor comments so please be respectful of not only my opinions but also others who comment as well.