Welcome, Amigo, to Maoist America!
Let me tell you about my experiences with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service so that you can intelligently evaluate that assumption.While studying at the Mandarin Training Center in Taiwan in the 1980s I had an acquaintance who enrolled by mail at a college in Wisconsin to study English there for 2 months. The admissions office of this college advised her to get a tourist visa instead of a study visa, to “simplify” things. During her obligatory stopover in Seattle, she innocently told a querying INS agent that the purpose of her travel was study.She was told “you can’t study in the US on a tourist visa.” She explained to the agent that she’d been advised by the college to come on a tourist visa to simplify the process. Anyone with any sense could have seen she was telling the truth. There could be nothing gained in fabricating such a story and in fact more could be gained by lying. Further, the law requiring students to apply for a student visa was clearly intended for long-term students whose stay would exceed the life of the average tourist visa. Yet she was promptly sent back to Taiwan and made to feel like a criminal. She got no refund of her airfare, which I can imagine represented her life savings up to that time.Now there were millions of undocumented Mexican nationals living illegally throughout the US at the time without visas and, like today, the INS and border security were doing essentially nothing about it. Yet decent people like my Taiwanese friend, who wanted to play by the rules, were being abused outrageously by this same system! There’s a name for this kind of system: Maoism. Under the Maoist system, which prevailed in the Great Cultural Revolution that nearly destroyed China (you know, that chapter missing in your public school textbooks), people considered to be privileged are treated like criminals, on the assumption that they are stealing from the “poor,” while those considered to be the underdogs are given privileges, whether they have earned them or not (for details, see the book Son of the Revolution by Liang Heng and Judith Shapiro).Ted Kennedy, America’s premiere Maoist [important note below], saw his first amnesty bill passed in 1986, around the same time my Taiwanese friend was deported. Under this legislation, scofflaws got to stay in the US indefinitely.When my wife, then my fiancé, first arrived at the Miami airport in 1997, valid visa in hand, she was detained so long for questioning by the INS that she missed her flight to Washington. I had flown with her to Miami from Panama and planned to continue on to Washington with her. We were separated when she went through the immigration line and she failed to return. I had no idea what had happened to her. I flew on back to Washington and then drove home, wondering if she was all right. She called late that night to tell me she’d be coming the next day. She said she had almost been sent back as an overstay risk (she saved herself by showing proof of a bank account with substantial cash in it) and that over half the Hispanics on her flight—all with valid visas—were sent back home by the INS! For many, the airfare must have represented their life savings. A real human tragedy.Yet that very day dozens of brazen scofflaw Mexicans were smuggled across the border and were ignored by our government thanks to intentionally lax border security and ambivalent immigration laws—clear-cut dereliction of duty by an entire government. They and their children now receive free government services and medical care, estimated at roughly $18000-$20000 a year per family. Our taxes support that. Are you starting to get the picture?The bad guys get a free ride. The good guys—who go through the proper channels—get punished severely on the slightest pretext, just for doing the right thing!My wife’s brother died last year, leaving behind four kids and a desperately poor widow.Besides sending the funds for Rito’s funeral, we decided that the best way to help was to offer to bring the eldest of my wife’s nieces to our home to live here while studying English at a high school in the US for a year or two (in Panama, knowledge of English is a prerequisite for most higher-paid jobs). We were the logical ones to provide assistance and would be doing so without asking for one penny of government aid.We went to the US consulate in Panama during our last visit and explained the situation. We were told that we did not have status to invite Michelina to the US because the aunt-niece relationship was not close enough. They said that because they government could not countenance a foreign child receiving a free education at a public school, we would have to find a government approved private school to enroll her in and apply for an F-1 student visa. I asked for a list of such government approved schools. The agent said she knew of no such list. She said I would have to inquire at each individual private school to see if they were approved.I later called the State Department and asked for information on these “government approved” schools. I got the same story, namely, that I needed to talk to the schools themselves to see if they were government approved.A few days ago, I called the Philadelphia office of Senator Arlen Specter, who happens to have an expert available on staff for immigration assistance.I asked this “expert” if she could help me get a list of schools approved by the government for application for an F-1 student visa. She had never heard about this but suggested I call the schools themselves. That’s when I discovered my hidden talent as a comedian. I said “well, if the government doesn’t know if these schools are approved or not, what good will it do to ask the schools?” She started to laugh. It was a genuine belly laugh, almost uncontrollable. I then realized how funny this whole thing was, and started laughing myself.But it soon occurred to me that her RINO boss, whom PA conservatives affectionately refer to as “Benedict Arlen,” had just voted to allow scofflaws to stay in our country indefinitely under a transparent amnesty scam while callously ignoring the plight of a poor orphan girl whose aunt and uncle were even prepared to foot the bill. And then it wasn’t funny anymore.I later checked in the booklet on student visas that I had downloaded from the USCIS website (it cost me $50) for the address of the nearest USCIS Application Support Center. I found three such centers listed for Pennsylvania. The one located in the central part of the state was at 3400 Concord Rd. in York. Somehow, I couldn’t Yahoo! that address up, so I went to the post office to ask where it was.The postmistress gave me a jaundiced look and said 3400 Concord Rd. was the York County prison. So I took a drive up there, and sure enough, the support center was located right at the corner of the York County prison grounds, where according to the prison’s own web site “INS currently rents 650 of the facility’s 1650 beds.”You may argue that not all detainees are lawbreakers and that some may be applying for asylum.Let me say this as diplomatically as I can: in the United States of America, the offer of asylum is a scam and a hypocrisy. Offer Third World nationals asylum for any reason and suddenly everyone is a victim. I once wasted a day of my vacation in Guilin trying to help a Chinese man get asylum. He said he was a union leader and was being persecuted for that reason. About an hour into my conversation with him, his story unraveled. He was clearly lying. I flew with him, as promised, to the embassy in Guangdong (which was on my homeward route), where he was denied the visa. Even they saw through him.Third World women routinely come to America on “fiancé” visas and then denounce their American fiancés for domestic violence to get asylum. But strangely, they never have a mark on them when they appear at the INS centers. And those who succeed in pulling off the scam routinely wind up importing their boyfriends from back home within about a year. And if you’ll recall, some of the Albanian terrorists plotting to blow up Fort Dix had applied for asylum,But beyond that, how can a country that jails people for expressing their religious beliefs offer asylum to anyone? Where will American Christians get asylum when the federal “hate” crime laws kick in here? It doesn’t get any more hypocritical than this!I was unable to find any figures on the criminal status of the INS detainee population at the York County prison, but to get a ballpark idea, I went to a website of another INS facility, and here is what it says:On a recent day, 128 were INS detainees, including 97 residents facing deportation after criminal convictions and 31 people who had violated immigration laws.
Simple math (97 + 31 = 128) tells us all of these people were lawbreakers, without exception. Also, please note that “facing deportation” does not translate into deportation. Far from it when we consider that on average, these people probably had 7 or 8 prior arrests. Jim Kouri, Vice-President of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, writes:
“On April 7, 2005, the US Justice Department issued a report on criminal aliens that were incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails. In the population study of 55,322 illegal aliens, researchers found that they were arrested at least a total of 459,614 times, averaging about 8 arrests per illegal alien.’
Yet, this USCIS Application Support Center at York, the only one in Central Pennsylvania, was clearly established for the primary purpose of helping these lawbreakers, mostly repeat offenders, become permanent residents of the United States, eligible for social programs that cost you dearly. But don’t even think about trying to help a family member come to study in the US.Now imagine yourself in our shoes: here are my wife and I, good conservatives who believe in “teaching them how to fish,” fighting against impossible odds to secure a decent education for our niece while our government spends the bulk of INS monies on programs geared to the socialist idea of giving away the fish.Moral: if you are an honest foreign national with solvent willing sponsors in the US and thus pose no risk of becoming a burden on the state, stay home. You’re not welcome here!But if you’re a scofflaw who has surreptitiously crept into our country, who have no private funding whatsoever and who will almost certainly be a drag on our economy, and especially if you are a low-life criminal, welcome, Amigo, to Maoist America!Once you’ve served your minimal sentence, you can become a privileged member of our society.And why not? With a government headed by crooks and shysters, you’ll feel right at home!Just as I had finished this column and was reaching for the aspirin, my wife came in my office and said she had just called home and learned that our niece actually doesn’t want to live here. She is very adamant about not wanting to leave her mother (who said poverty isn’t a family value?).There’s a nice irony here, and I’m savoring it: Liberals and RINOs insist that we must open our borders to everyone, as if all Hispanics can’t wait to escape their inhospitable homelands. Even my wife and I, who should have known better, had been temporarily seduced into this mindset.But in the end, a little child took us by the hand as it were, and showed us, two impatient, vainly struggling adults who should’ve known better, that God is still in charge.