Wednesday, May 31, 2006

An Adopting Parent's View on Immigration

I honestly had not spent much time mulling over the immigration issue outside of my gut reaction which was that immigrants should have to come here legally, learn English, get a job, and behave themselves. Then I came to a startling realization that the immigration issue is actually of great personal importance to me and my family. Why? I am the father of two immigrants.

In 2004 my wife and I adopted a six month old boy from South Korea. If you don't know adoptions are costly and can be a long process. In our son's case it was both and dealing with the immigration side of things was difficult(such as an application that sat in the USCIS mail room for 30 days because no one had been hired to deliver the mail in the office.) This year we adopted again and with our newly adopted six month old daughter, also from South Korea, matters were simpler.

In the course of a foreign adoption you must file an I-600 application with the United States Citizen Immigration Service(formerly known as INS.) This application requires a $545 fee and that any person over 18 years of age in the home to be fingerprinted at a cost of $70 per person. So two adopting parents must pay $685 to file the application. This may not sound like much money except when you consider the whole adoption costs in the neighborhood of $25,000 every dollar becomes significant. So the form is filed with USCIS and when it is processed you must then go by appointment to the nearest USCIS office to have your fingerprints done. On the first adoption this was not the case, we actually were able to use the local county/city fingerprint bureau. On the second adoption that was no longer available so we had to drive 2 1/2 hours to the nearest office to have the fingerprints done. After the fingerprinting is done it is processed by the FBI and then approval is given. Once the referral is sent which is the notification of the child you will be adopting, you then file a second form with that child's information. You also must have numerous forms, some of them tied to the federal government notarized as well as get approval from the state your are in for the adoption to take place. Once all of these forms are processed and approval is granted a passport is issued from the State Department to the child at the US Consulate in the foreign country. In the case of Korean adoptions an escort is available to bring the child to the US thus negating the need to travel as is required by countries like China and Russia. Once the child arrives, USCIS issues a green card and the once the adoption is finalized by the local county government the child becomes a US citizen. It is my understanding that Korea adoptions are by far the easiest for historical reasons(the Korean War for one). There may be additional hoops USCIS requires for other countries particularly places like China.

Now imagine for a moment that I decided I did not want to pay the application fees or have my fingerprints taken. Suppose I decided I did not want to file the applications or do any of the things USCIS stated I had to do bring each of my two children to the US. Is there any doubt the folks at USCIS would have brought the process to a screeching halt? Is there any chance I could persuade the adoption agency to move forward with getting the child brought to US even if I paid all of the required fees to them but not the application fees to USCIS? Is there any doubt in anyone's mind that USCIS would engage in enforcement first in regards to my attempts to bring a six month old foreign national into this country to live in my home, partake of our freedoms, and consume the resources provided by this country such as public schools?

USCIS do everything in its authority to prevent me from illegally bringing a child into the country yet every day the United States government, in what I consider to be bald faced hypocrisy, allows thousands of immigrants to do just that. They allow numerous employers to break the law by employing these individuals. The government led by the US Congress sits idly by while thousands pour into this country without proper validation and now entertains the notion of putting enforcement on the back burner while opening the door of citzenship to people who have not once shown any inclination towards following the rule of law as it pertains to their immigration status.

Amnesty is a travesty to those who have chosen to follow the rules. It is a slap in the face of my family who pay our taxes, obey the laws, and did everything we were asked to do to ensure that two of our three precious children could be adopted into our family.

USCIS had the power to enforce the laws and regulations concerning our adoption. My question is why there are refusing to exercise that power on everyone else?

Monday, May 01, 2006

Immigrants Boycott, US Still Standing

So today all of the immigrants illegal and otherwise were supposedly banding together stick it to the old U.S. of A. by not going to school, not spending any of their well earned money, and not going to work thus depriving us of services we are all apparently too good to provide for ourselves. As is stands at almost 3 PM EDT the protest seems to not to be having the desired effects. The country appears to still be standing and the reason why is a one day strike is utterly and totally meaningless.

The reason why a one day strike has no effect is because it is a one day strike. People can manage for one day and even if they have to make do for one they will. Whatever work they did not do today will have to be done tomorrow and they will have to work twice as hard for the same pay to make up for it. As for a one day boycott on buying stuff, that flies in the face of common sense. If you are talking about essential products like food, medicine, toiletries, gas for the car, etc. I know and retailers know that unless you refrain from eating, driving, drinking, or using any one of these products you will at some point have to spend the money to replace whatever you consume today. As for non-essential products, all of these people waiting one day to buy something they were going to buy anyway is not a boycott it simply delaying the inevitable.

In fact to take this further, if you consider the case where some these workers will not get paid for missing work today BUT still spends money in the economy the next day then it actually works out better for the U.S. economy because consumer spending will remain constant. In some companies will end up with double the productivty for the same wage. As for missing school all I can say is if you want to waste your education like that go ahead so you will be better prepared for that coveted landscaping or janitorial job out there.

I understand immigration is a complex issue. My opinion is this: If you want to be in this country you must enter legally, seek some form of authorized residence, and you must make every effort to assimilate to this culture by at least learning the language and the cultural mores. That means you must be issued a green card, you get a job, and you learn English. I am not sure what the open borders people want. Do they want this country to be wide open to anyone who wants to cross over without any kind of government oversight and tracking? I happen to think that is a dangerous proposition in our war on terror. This whole notion that individuals from another country can walk in and set up shop without being properly validated as residents and citizens by the government is a slap in the face to those who have fought and died for our freedoms. It is especially insulting to have these same people disparage our flag, our national anthem, and claim their heritage and country of origin supersedes the U.S. while they continue to benefit from the properity and innovation found in the United States.

I believe we should be an open country and people should have an opportunity to pursue the American dream. I also believe that the government has every right to protect the rights of those who are already citizens and there has to be some form of control on the influx of people into our nation. Just last week I was in CA on business and saw numerous Asian and Indian immigrants working in my own company. Not a single one of them nor any others of the same ethinic persuasion complain about immigration law or attempt to assert the superiority of their culture of the U.S. Why? Because those people are here legally and they have good jobs. These people make every effort to learn the language and assimilate to the culture.

As always the chief complaints are coming from a group unwilling to do their part and work to make themselves better. Rather they want a free pass to enter the country and stay here without doing anything to earn it. In fact if these people would like to undertake a permanant boycott from the comforts of somewhere south of the Mexican border, I would be fine with that as well. We have not lasted over 200 years as a country without having adjusted to inconveniences far more difficult than this.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

If Love Mexico That Much Go Back There

Now I know immigration is a complicated issue. And I also know that it is argued that a lot of immigrants do jobs some Americans do not want to do and that is fine. That being said there are two things that must be made very clear:

1. If you are in this country illegally you are subject to those laws and steps should be made on your part to attain legal status or else you should be sent back to your country of origin. Justice and mercy should always prevail but the law is also the law.

2. If you are in this country partaking of our freedoms, our vibrant economy, being entertained by our culture, receiving the benefits of our medical care and our technology, and generally speaking enjoying a better life here than you did in Mexico, then I EXPECT YOU TO SHOW SOME RESPECT!!!!!!

This picture was taken in California during the immigration protests:

The protesters placed the Mexican national flag above the United States flag which they raised with upside down. First, of all raising the US flag upside down is a sign of distress and should only be done if that is truly the case.

Secondly, the US flag should NEVER be flown beneath another flag on US soil. It is the symbol of our freedom. Solidiers in battle had risked life and limb to keep the flag lifted up. It was a sign to Francis Scott Key that Fort McHenry had survived the British bombardment. During the 1908 Olympics in London when US athlete Martin Sheridan refused to dip the US flag as he passed the King of Englad saying, "This flag dips for no earthly king"

For immigrants who loved their own country so little or found life in this country so much better that they came here to then raise the national flag of their native country above ours is the ultimate insult and reeks of a bankruptcy of respect so foul I am sickened by the sight of it.

We welcome all who would come and try to partake of the American dream we have built and we pay for through the sweat of a brow and the money in our pocket. We welcome you to come, obey our laws, join us in this grand experiment of freedom.

But don't you dare attempt to subvert our flag and trounce upon the very symbol of the freedoms you are enjoying and in doing so suppose that the Mexican flag should be raised above ours. In fact why don't you get out of our country and go back to Mexico since you love it so much.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Stupidity of the State of North Carolina

Meet Lynn Paddock. She is a Johnston County woman who has been charged with first degree murder in the death of your four year old adopted son. Paddock has been accused of wrapping Sean Paddock up in a blanket so tight that he suffocated. There is also evidence that she routinely beats her other two children with a plastic pipe. And besides the absolute depravity of this worthless piece of human refuse I am stunned by the actions of other individuals involved in the case. Here are some excerpts from the News and Observer:

Paddock's attorney, Michael Reece, said the evidence against his client does not support a murder charge.

"She didn't mean to hurt the child," Reece said. "She took [Sean] in and cared for him when no one else would. She lost a child and now has everyone rushing to judgment and pointing the finger at her."

I really do not know how this guys sleeps at night. Tell me how wrapping a child up in a blanket so tight that he cannot breathe constitutes loving a child? While I understand that she is innocent until proven otherwise, there is very little anyone can tell me short of video tape evidence that will convince me of anything other than the apparent fact that this woman is guilty as sin. That being said, I also think the social workers employed by the state or whatever adoption agency processed this adoption should also be held accountable. The N & O:

Sean's Wake County foster mother warned social workers last January that Paddock inappropriately disciplined the boy, according to reports released after Sean's death. He returned from a pre-adoption visit to the Paddocks' remote farmhouse with bruises on his backside.

Social workers later concluded that he most likely fell off a bunk bed, just as Paddock has assured them.

I have two children, younger than Sean Paddock, who occasionally fall out of their respecitve beds during the night. I have yet to find so much as a red spot on their skin from the impact so pardon me if I am a little skeptical that a four year old falling out of a bed, even a bunk bed would sustain "bruises on his backside" Now, while I cannot be sure, the term "backside" usually refers to the buttocks area, so how exactly did Sean fall out of the bunk bed to sustain injury there? Did he fall out and land in the sitting position? The social workers who are charged with making absolutely sure that a child placement is safe on all accounts should have done more than taken Lynn Paddock's word for it that he fell out of the bunk bed and sustained bruises as a result. Who is certifying these clowns who are so patently incompontent that the place a four year old child into a questionable living arrangement after the child had already suffered bruising during a pre-adoption visit. I am not saying they should end every adoption process where an injury occurs during a visit, but based on the way this was described, I am little unclear on how the state, the social workers, or anyone else involved could have missed the warning signs.

This woman is beneath contempt and whatever she gets she deserves whether it be life in prison or execution by the state. Of course with the absolute incompontence shown by the state in regards to the social workers handling the case we can only assume they will most likely botch her conviction as well.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Quick Roundup

The Ports Controversy

A friend of mine pointed out how having any foreign country own pieces of American ports whether it be the equipment or not is, in all liklihood, a bad idea. I think the delay in the deal was intended to quiet the storm and at some point in the future the deal will sail through when no one is really looking.

Hilary Clinton

Drudge was reporting on statements Karl Rove and George Bush made about the viability of Hilary Clinton as a general election candidate. They make an excellent point that Clinton has way too many unfavorable qualities and very muddled history to actually win a general election. Her recent moved to the center can be neatly exposed much in the same way they were with John Kerry. Of course, much like the NCAA Tournament, it is very much a matter of what kind of draw you get. If the Republicans screw up and nominate someone equally as bad as Clinton, it could create enough of a fickled nature in the electorate to put her in the White House. And no, Condi Rice is not the answer.

Protesters Want to Storm the White House

United for Peace and Justice is calling on all people, soldiers, CIA agents, and Wal Mart employees to gather at the White House on March 15th so they can attempt to overthrow the U.S. government. I really wish I was kidding about this. They are calling an end to the reign of terror by the Republican dictators. Apparently Bush is guilty of a bevy of international crimes, crimes against humanity, and it is also possible he may have accidentally kicked his dog in the Oval Office. And they are doing this all for Nat Turner, Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King(sorry no white heroes will be considered in this overthrow of the government). Of course the real laugher was the plan to set up a temporary government run by Amnest International and the Human Rights Watch-BAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA--Sorry.

You know the last I checked advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government was a federal crime and since it is this little gathering is not protected by the 1st Amendment so I would ask that federal agents to please go and arrest these schmucks. And if an arrest is not possible just scare them, really badly. The other humorous part of this is they accuse Bush of being a dictator and that we need to return democracy to America. Let's see, Bush cannot even turn the operations of six U.S. ports over the a foreign company without Congress and influential citizen everywhere complaning about it to the point they put the thing on hold. Yeah, Bush is wielding some unchecked power there for sure.

And speaking of moonbat protest groups, someone came up with the brillant anti-PETA celebration. It is called: International Eat an Animal for PETA Day and it also occurs on March 15. What a great idea.

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