Outside link: living in the U.S. for 15 years, then having to leave.

Political bent (toward the end of the opinion piece) aside, I can relate to at least half of this. Take a look, then feel free to comment.

I lived in the U.S. for 15 years before being forced out of line – and out of the country


10 thoughts on “Outside link: living in the U.S. for 15 years, then having to leave.

  1. The immigration system is a complete mess. I know those with spouses who are educated – doctors- who can get approved for residency/work and have tried for years and years to gain status – partly because there’s different quotas for different countries.
    We need to encourage and keep the law abiding, educated, and trained individuals who apply (most already speak/write English fluently), and can contribute instead of requiring services – and deport the ones who repeatedly come over the border illegally and go one to commit and be convicted of crimes.
    (Being a few hours from the border, with family very near Big Bend’s border ranches, we see the danger and problems…like people paying to transported by coyotes only to face robbery, rape, held for more ransom money, sold into prostitution, or death from the desert heat or stuffed in bad vehicles. Bodies. some are children. This is NOT anti-immigration. It is anti-danger and cruelty.)
    Once our own homeless, mentally ill, veterans, foster children are helped and given what they need, then maybe we can welcome more immigrants once again – those who want to work build a better life for themselves and others.
    Meanwhile, it’s an unfair, complete total mess that harms everyone.

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      1. These poor little children. There was one infant found all alone in a onsie with a phone number of a relative in marker on it. My cousins leave jugs of water along well worn trails
        There’s got to be a better way that keeps people safe and allows an orderly entrance. Much too scary and tragic.

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          1. You don’t know whether to hope the desperate mom trusted and paid someone to take the child across or whether it’s a human trafficking situation where the child was a hinderance and left.
            Bet you don’t have signs in the store windows/billboards saying in 3-4 languages “If you are being held against your will . A victim of human trafficking, call call this number or go inside and they will help you”. We do. It’s necessary. They hold them in houses and then ship them everywhere.
            One man was driving to work and noticed a man’s hand frantically waving through a hole in the back of a 18 wheeler and called police who stopped the truck. And called ambulances.It was jammed full of men women and children – with no ventilation, water, in 100 degree temperature. None died that time.
            I’m not sure the rest of the country is getting the big reality of what is going on. We need an organized system to stop the danger and abuse of trusting people by coyotes and ignorance of how harsh/dangerous the travel can be.

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  2. Just running by to wrap up the holidays….
    Waiting for sunset on Christmas Eve is like standing toes-over-the-edge on a high diving board.
    Every year we’d cruise casually by the window to keep an eye on the sun’s progress until it was officially evening.
    Then the shout “Christmas Eve Gift!” would ring out.
    You see, the traditions says that the first person to voice that phrase on Christmas Eve to another would be graced with good fortune and joy all the next year.
    (And of course, whomever was first won. Everything was a contest…)
    It’s more difficult to be first now with caller ID.
    As all those who have become my friends in blogland are spread widely across time zones, I’d like to wish you all “Christmas Eve Gift” now.
    And as I already feel so fortunate to have such wonderful readers and writers in this neighborhood, I wish to share any phrase acquired good fortune and joy with you in thanks.
    No matter where you are or what you are guided by, hope you have a very merry Christmas and a new year full of adventure and joy.
    Peace on earth and goodwill towards all creatures great and small.

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