The rallies against the immigration bill got me thinking. You see, I’ve gone through the immigration process. Last Friday, my wife and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. I met my beautiful and intelligent wife while serving in the Army and living in Germany. My wife was and is still a Polish citizen.
I left the Army and went from Germany to Poland with my wife to be married. We both figured since we were going to be married that it would be quick and easy to get a visa for her to come back to the states with me to start our new life. We were both wrong. The day after we were married we went to the consulate to start the paper work to get her visa. We were both anxious to the states and get settled. The first step to the visa process was to fill out a form requesting consideration. After two weeks we were sent papers letting us know where to go to have the physical, blood tests, and background checks that are required in order to get a visa, along with a notice that said that all our documents needed to be translated by a US approved translator. We were also given a date for an interview with some one at the consulate to get her visa. It was set for 4 weeks after we received this notice.
Stressful does not even come close to describing the time period that we were preparing to get her visa. Not only was it a lot of work to get all our requirements in order but there was always a chance of being denied a visa (it was unlikely but it still weighed heavy on my wife’s mind). Not only was it stressful, but it was a long process that kept me from going to the states and starting my job. There was a point where we decided that if it took much longer I would have to go back and start work, while my wife stayed to finish up the visa process. For 6 weeks, my wife and I lived off my credit card while waiting to complete the visa process, AND THIS WAS FOR A SPOUSE OF A US CITIZEN.
We could have done it illegally. We could have got her a travel visa in a day and then applied for a permanent resident visa once we got back to the states; but we didn’t. We obeyed the law and did things correctly. Now I look and there are people who have done nothing but run across a border and then demonstrate and scream about their human rights, while putting down the same country they broke the law to come to. How racist these people are to think that because they live across our border they should get preferential treatment. What about the rest of the world who are forced to do things correctly and legally? They don’t get a by from the government. They don’t have the option of digging a tunnel to the US. They are forced to have a visa before they get on the plane.
So my opinion on granting ILEGAL ALIENS amnesty; what a crock of sh**. Go back to your country of origin and do things the right way. Don’t start off your life here in the US as a criminal.