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We Hear You: An Immigrant Couple Explains the Unfairness of Amnesty

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We Hear You: An Immigrant Couple Explains the Unfairness of Amnesty

On 09.08.19 02:02 AM posted by Ken McIntyre

Editor’s note: This week we feature two letters that really grabbed our attention, from readers with compelling personal perspectives on the U.S. immigration system. Pull up a chair, and remember to write us at letters@dailysignal.com.—Ken McIntyre

Dear Daily Signal: I couldn’t agree more with Genevieve Wood in her recent commentary headlined “4 Keys to the Immigration Reform We Need.” My wife and I are immigrants from Canada under an E-2 investors visa.

We are two legal immigrants who invested ourlife savings in a small business called Shelley’s Casual Elegance Inc., specializingin ladies’ fashions in South Florida. We left Canada in late 2005 and haveexpanded and improved the business continuously, spending well in excess of$100,000 of our money and employing over a dozen American citizens in the past14 years.

We have spent over $25,000 in fees (governmentand lawyers) to ensure that we comply with the requirements of the laws of theUnited States, yet in spite of that, we have no “pathway to citizenship.” OurE-2 visa does not give us permanent resident status, but in fact classifies usas resident aliens who are permitted to stay year-round, but leave at leastonce every two years and return to comply.

We would gladly become citizens if the lawpermitted it, but instead have to go back to the U.S. consulate in Torontoevery five years and beg for another extension to our five-year visa.

We’ve done it a couple of times and as you can understand it is very stressful, knowing that we own a home here in Florida and* for 14 years have been debt-free, supporting ourselves and*being*a valued asset to our community.

Self-sufficient and married for 38 years, we get upset when people talk about giving amnesty to those who effectively have cut in line in front of law-abiding people like us.

Hopefully, sanity will prevail and someday we’ll get a chance to be loyal citizens of this country. In the meantime, we have to go back to the consulate and hope the State Department staff person is not having a bad day when we appear in front of him or her.—Gary and Shelley Cahill, Naples, Fla.

Dear Daily Signal: Please allow me to honor my father, Francis L. Ross, a true American patriot. Born in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1930, he grew up dirt poor.

My grandmother had grown up in ahouse made of sod, and my grandfather’s only skill was horse trading. Myfather’s parents couldn’t even afford to buy my father a toy truck that cost onlya nickel.

At 9, my father stood in the snowlate at night in bare feet. He watched while the only home he’d ever knownburned to the ground and left him with nothing but the pajamas he was wearing.

The house my father’s familysubsequently rented was so filthy he had to shovel chicken droppings out of itbefore they could move in. In high school, his parents couldn’t afford a lockfor his locker, so he couldn’t play football.

But he believed in the American dream,and that was all he needed to get ahead. When his country called on him to servein the Marine Corps, he did his duty without complaint. As a navigator, he flew48 missions in Korea, sometimes with the bottom shot out of the plane.

When he returned to El Toro MarineBase near Irvine, California, he married my mother. He attended UCLA on the GIBill, not a handout. He earned a master’s degree in engineering and paid hightaxes—as highas 50 percent—for most of his life.

He died in 2010 from cancer, hopinghis children and grandchildren would live the same American dream. Unfortunately,that dream has been handed to people who have done nothing to deserve it. Theyare only out for what they can get.

If Americans are left with nothing inthe process, so be it. According to the progressives, illegal immigrants aresomehow morally superior to the rest of us.

I am a senior citizen with adisability, and no doctor wants to treat me because Medicare pays only half orless than what private insurance companies pay for. If doctors work for amedical group, they are contractually obligated to treat Medicare patients, andso they deliberately inflict pain on me, frighten me, or anger me so I will goaway.

Now California Gov. Gavin Newsomwants to give adult illegal aliens Medi-Cal, the Medicaid program in the state.His predecessor already gave the benefits to illegal alien children.

About the time he did so, I lost threeteeth. An unethical Medi-Cal dentist, I believe, destroyed two of them needingcrowns on purpose, so that I would go away. The other tooth was pulled becauseI didn’t have money for a filling. Medi-Cal no longer covers fillings, onlytooth pulling. For that, dentists receive $15 instead of the usual $75.

When I think of the sacrifices my father made so that his children could have a better life, I want to cry.

Those of us with ancestors and relatives who earned the right to be here are living a Third World existence, with the fear that the situation will get only worse as our elected representatives continue to hand our assets over to foreign invaders who erroneously believe it is their right to have them.—Melinda Santa Cruz, Escondido, Calif.

This and That

Dear Daily Signal: Whyare conservative media outlets dancing around the fact that the so-calledAntifa activists are no different than the Nazi Brownshirts and Blackshirts andthe KKK?

We have mayors, members of Congress, and the media supporting Antifa’s actions, thuggery, and extreme violence. These black-clad people belong in jail cells, and the people funding their actions should be arrested for aiding and abetting terrorism.

Why hasn’t the Justice Department, FBI, and Homeland Security gone after the bagmen and thugs?*The mayor of Portland, Oregon, should be charged with violating the civil rights of those recently assaulted by Antifa thugs.

Notice any common denominators in locations that give these terrorists cover? Is the population of Portland so spineless it supports this kind of terrorism?—Chris Kastner


Dear Daily Signal: Thank you so much for Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James’ true and beautiful Fourth of July message to us, the commentary headlined “A Nation Worth Lauding.”

Itwas very difficult to read. Tears kept blurring my vision.

Godbless and keep my dear sister and fellow American. I’m thankful for herleadership, faith, godly wisdom, courage, example, and love.

If she ever decides to run for president (of the U.S., that is), she most definitely would have my vote.—J.D.


Dear Daily Signal: I respectfully disagree with Olivia Enos’ commentary, “Trump-Kim Photo Op at the DMZ Fails to Deliver.” As long as Kim Jong Un isn’t shooting ICBMs over South Korea, Japan, and Hawaii, I think that President Trump is making significant progress with the unstable leader of North Korea.

None of us expected Kim to“instantly” shut down his nuke program. But Trump’sunconventional negotiation process of sanctions plus diplomacy is slowlyworking. Kim may never shut down his nuclear testing, but as long he’s notlaunching ICBMs, it’s a victory for Trump.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.—Allen Muench


Dear Daily Signal: I want to thank your reporter Rachel del Guidice for the article regarding Alveda King and her comments about what Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been saying recently regarding abortion and eugenics (“MLK’s Niece Applauds Clarence Thomas for Linking Abortion, Eugenics”).

Ihad forgotten that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a consultantfor the Ku Klux Klan. I also did not know that Alveda King is now working forPriests for Life.

Although I am not able to afford a membership in The Heritage Foundation, I am praying for your organization and an end to the culture of death.—Mary Meurer, St. Louis, Mo.*

How Are We Doing?

Dear Daily Signal: Thank you for The Daily Signal’s thoughtful, well-written news and commentary. Your articles are where I go for help sorting out the mainstream media and Fox News Channel, as they make their news about the moment, impact, and sensation.

Without your insightful stories, I would be less informed about the goings-on of this world.—Howard Otton


I always thought that the “liberal” party in the USA was called the Democrat Party, composed of Democrats. It rankles when the party is labeled by the media as the Democratic Party.

Itseems far less democratic than the Republican Party (composed, of course, of Republicans).The word “democratic” has a specific meaning and connotation that does notbelong to the Democrat Party.—StephenJessee


I appreciate your news. Thank you for being a good source on illegal immigration. I wondered if you know of some of the diseases that illegal aliens bring in, and are aware of the book “Fraud: How the Left Plans to Steal the Next Election,” by Eric Eggers. We really must stop the hemorrhages.—Alice K.


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