As I was watching the GOP candidates on the CNN/YouTube debate, it seemed to me that they are trying to turn the immigration issue into one we should start worrying about in terms of our national security.
The GOP presidential candidates seem to have themselves all worked up into a tizzy about illegal immigrants.
During the recent debate, I noticed that some of these guys, especially Mitt Romney (whose first name, by the way, is really Willard!) were almost frothing at the mouth to whip the general public into a frenzy about illegal immigrants. Not the ones who were interested in learning how to fly planes but not land them, but the ones who pick our lettuce and till our fields and clean our houses.
I understand that there is a process and that if people want to come here from other countries, it sure would be better to have them jump through the hoops that lead to legal residence and citizenship than sneaking across the border at night or hiding in a shipping container and hopping off at the dock.
Here’s my two cents for all the candidates, as well as the current administration — when you stop trying to deport people like the Servano family of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania (not too far from where I grew up), and spend more time paying attention to real threats on the border watch list, then I’ll know you’re really serious about my safety.
When Pedro Servano and his wife applied to come to America over 20 years ago from the Philippines, they were still teens and weren’t yet married. By the time they got approval, separately, to come here, they had married. But the visa paperwork had been submitted by their parents years before while they were still unmarried teens.
They forgot to tell the I.N.S. that their marital status had changed. So now, as a result of that glitch in paperwork, the Department of Homeland Security wants to kick them out of the country and send them packing back to the Philippines.
The Servanos have been here for over 20 years. Dr. Pedro Servano is here practicing medicine, his wife owns a small business and they have four children who are U.S. citizens, two of whom are college graduates.
Homeland Security wants to kick them out of the country because they forgot to tell someone they got married.
I’m really struggling to get my head around why so many in the GOP want to focus on migrant workers and people who made a mistake on their paperwork but are here as highly successful professionals? Why do they constantly remind us there are sleeper cells of terrorists who have made it into our country, but they’re dedicated to keeping musicians from around the world out.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly sleep more soundly knowing that a Welsh harpist was stopped at the border!
If anyone has a good answer, will you let me know?