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It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press.  It is the soldier, not the poet, who has  given us the freedom of speech.  It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. 

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.”  – Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, Sergeant, USMC

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Dreamer Provision

From what I understand if you get your child to the states they are then protected to become citizens.  A task and price many parents would be willing to pay to see their children get the opportunities they didn’t have.  Many other issues in this article.

“MPI’s Pierce said that the likely reason data aren’t available on child separations under previous administrations is because it was done in “really limited circumstances” such as suspicion of trafficking or other fraud.”

After tripping over the sentence structure (who is writing these anyway?) it did occur to me the contrast that prior administrations claim to have used the provision “less than” the current administration but have unfortunately lost all records of how many families were separated and for what reasons, yet we are holding this administrations nose to the grindstone for accountability.  So, they have no supporting documentation to prove how little or how much the provision has been implemented and for what purpose.  It is less horrific that 100 families’ experienced a separation without international outrage?  They just slipped through the cracks?  That is not acceptable; good for the goose and all.  If 1 family is separated we had better know where the child/children went, how long they were there and in whose care.

AND – the fact that congress will halt the whole process of fixing this issue over one or two provisions that they didn’t get?  Clearly it’s not as important as the shouting that’s being expressed.  Pass the xxxx bill!!  Fix it.  That’s what you represent the USA for.  Get your hands out of our pockets and fix it.

Overall though while the outrage is over the separation of 2300+ families the fact that their parents and caregivers were willing to take the risk of separation in order to flee from even worse horrendous circumstances should speak louder than a few courageous families sacrificing all they have and are to bring their families to opportunity.  If American’s in general had this deep appreciation for the advantages that we hold – wow – what a wonderful world that would be.  People taking advantage of their possibilities and then reaching out to help others achieve their dreams.  I digress.  In my mind I live in a perfect world and I’m always shocked when I am ripped back into reality.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/house-rejects-conservative-immigration-bill-with-no-citizenship-pathway-for-dreamer-immigrants/ar-AAyW557?ocid=ientp

Refugee Crisis

Refugee crisis.

I’m not a fan of putting a band aid on a broken bone and calling it a cure. The system is broken.  International refugees are fleeing around the world at an increasingly alarming rate and being a continent away the USA doesn’t have a full comprehension about most of it.  We battle a microcosm of people fleeing into the states.

 

The Mexico crisis is abhorrent. I offer a solution.  The USA has seen millions of legal and non-legal immigrants giving all they have including and up to their lives for the opportunity that America offers.  The gangs in Mexico and the USA work together to defy the border defenses.  The USA has no authority in Mexico and Mexico has no authority over the USA.  We should simply make Mexico part of the USA and remove the border, then we could more effectively battle the root cause of the problem – people’s hearts.

 

Mexican’s could have dual citizenship of Mexico and USA, and Americans would have the freedom to enjoy all of Mexico’s brilliance and become a brotherly continent – lifting one another up instead of pouring billions of Americans tax dollars into a black hole. The Hispanic population of the USA is at this time estimated to be 34.6 million people (Mexican Americans – Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_American) with an additional 11.7 milion living here illegally (Number of Illegal Immigrants in U.S. May Be on Rise Again … www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/us/immigrant-population-s….).  US population is 323.13 million as of 2016 (Data from: World Bank), so Mexican Americans currently maintain about 9.33% of the US population – not including undocumented illegal aliens.  That is significant.  For the most part, like many African refugees and immigrants work hard and do jobs that Americans snub.  They welcome the opportunities in the land of the free and understand that just because they have gained an advantage of being in America there is still a lot of work to be done to fully take advantage of those opportunities (college education, work and maintaining families) to attain the American Dream.

 

So – you can’t push a river (it flows by itself). Stop fighting it; negotiate with Mexico to the advantage of both countries and all of our citizens.

 

Here is an article I was reading today.

http://www.unhcr.org/statistics/unhcrstats/5aaa4fd27/mid-year-trends-june-2017.html

Antonio

You’ve been on my mind so much lately.  I’ve tried letting you go.  It’s been 5 years?

Sending my love and God’s angels.  Be well and happy my friend.

Antonio

I dreamed about you a few nights ago.  I haven’t done that for a long time.  I meant to post sooner.

All My Love

You left me.

I have never left you.

I miss your smile and your laughs.

Life moves on.

All my love.

Beautiful

You may not know this but you are the one who told me I was beautiful, which started the transformation. Until then I truly didn’t understand. I always thought I was ugly. Blessings my friend and thank you.

Veterans Day 2013

You were with me all day. Stay safe.