I have always been very pro-immigrant. I believe that in general, immigration is a good thing. For the most part, when I say that immigration is a good thing, I mean that it is good for the United States of America. But, I also believe that the statement can apply to any other countries as well, as I will demonstrate shortly. America mostly benefits from Immigration.
How could I be against Immigration, after all? Firstly, my wife immigrated to the United States on January 6, 1991, from the Philippines. We were married in the Philippines and then she came to be with me in the USA. After she was in the USA for nearly 10 years, we, as a couple, moved to the Philippines. So, I am an immigrant myself. I have been living in the Philippines for 15 years now, and I love it here. I hope, and I believe that on balance, as an immigrant, I have been a positive for the Philippines. I have promoted the country, and have been responsible for many others immigrating to the Philippines. So, I believe that I have been a good immigrant that has had a positive impact on the country.
Earlier today, nearly an hour ago, President Obama had a speech in which he announced that under certain conditions, aliens who entered the USA illegally will be allowed to stay in the country without fear of deportation.
As I said, I am pro-immigration. I didn’t, however, say that I am pro-illegal-immigration. In fact, I am adamantly against illegal immigration. After being married in 1990, I applied for my wife to legally immigrate to the USA. We waited the necessary time for everything to be approved, and she came to the USA in 1991. A few years later, she became an American Citizen. My wife is now a dual-citizen, she is a citizen of both the USA and the Philippines. In 2000, I went through a lot of paperwork, expense and hassle to get a proper resident visa to live in the Philippines. I took the time and spent the money to do it correctly. I didn’t just come here on a tourist visa and stay forever. No, I did it legally.
The people that President Obama has welcomed to stay in the USA did not do it legally. They walked across an unsecured border without permission, or did it some other illegal way.
I am not against Mexicans, or people from any other nation in the world. But, if they want to come to the USA, they should do it in the legal way, which means waiting for everything to go through and be approved. Some of them, probably many, would not be approved to immigrate. That is the law, and it should be honored.
It was not a surprise when President Obama took Executive Action today to allow these illegal immigrants to stay in the USA, in fact it has been well known for some time that he would do this. That does not make it right or legal, though. On January 20, 2009, and again on January 20, 2013, Barack Obama took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the USA. That Constitution clearly spells out that immigration is an area that is reserved for the Congress to enact, and that the President is to enforce the laws that Congress passes.
I believe that what the President has declared is illegal. I believe that his actions will be challenged in court, and I believe that he will lose the battle. I hope that Congress will withhold funding to limit the effect of the Presidential action that was earlier announced.
In my view, President Obama has, over the years, missed a lot of opportunities to put his mark on history. In fact, if he has put his mark on history at all, it has been a black mark, a real negative. That saddens me. I didn’t support President Obama in either Presidential election, but in 2008 when he was originally elected, I hoped that he would be a good President. Of course, as an American, even if I live abroad, I am always hopeful for the best for my country. It certainly has not worked out that way, though. I am married to a person of color. My kids are of mixed race, just as President Obama is. When he was elected, I thought to myself that having the first President of color was a good thing. It set a good example for my children, that a man of mixed race could become the President of the United States of America. It gave me pride. It wasn’t today that I realized that my pride was misplaced, I realized that a long time ago.
Maybe, though, that pride was not misplaced, because I was not proud of Mr. Obama being elected as the first President of mixed race, I was actually proud of the American people for being able to take that step. Unfortunately, though, Barack Obama has turned out to have been the wrong man to have been given that honor.
I believe that we are about to witness a real Constitutional Crisis.