Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Process

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.


At 10:18 AM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

"I left the Army and went from Germany to Poland with my wife"

Come on, you could have used the word "invaded."

These demonstrations are friggin' ridiculous. And the media treats it like the March on Selma.

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

It's a slap in the face of immigrants that did the right thing and went through the process to come here legally.

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous steve the pirate said...

Bravo, DPT. Bravo.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Write your congressmen (and women).
I already have.

Say howdy to Mrs. DPT while you're at it!!

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

I have wrote them. I'm not happy about this.

At 2:56 PM, Blogger Ssssteve said...

You are sooo right Doc!!! And why in the world wasn't the frikin border patrol called in to arrest and deport these morons!!! Quite taking my taxes and paying for these idiots children's education and health care!!

At 3:15 PM, Blogger Insolublog said...

I could not have expressed it better DPT.
It is a huge insult, and a slap in the face, to both American citizens and legal immigrants like your wife.

At 3:32 PM, Blogger a4g said...

They should go over to Germany to act like a criminal-- The Dr. Phat Way.

(Kidding aside: good rant.)

And come visit California if you REALLY want to get p.o.'d.

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Telebush said...

Didn't the 9/11 hijackers have an easier time with their visas'?
It's a shame that the legal way is such a burdensome way; no wonder they prefer to jump the border then wait for a sweeping amnisty to be granted.
I think Israel has a pretty good design on a wall. We should borrow their blueprints and begin building on the southern border.

At 7:38 PM, Blogger GunnNutt said...

All those idiots gathered to protest should be dealt with in a swift and decisive manner - like a MOAB.

At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A co-worker married a girl from Canada, she has a Phd from Yale then when on to Law school and was a practicing attorney in Canada. It took over a year to get her to the US legally.

At 7:34 AM, Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Awesome rant. I've got a number of friends who've done the things the right way, and all of them are irritated as hell about the illegals protesting.

At 7:48 PM, Anonymous mukrz said...

It's kind of ironic that a country of immigrants (except for the few native Americans left) controls the influx of immigrants so tightly.

The old INS was about as worthless a government organization as ever existed:
- You could expect at least a 45 minute wait on hold before speaking to a person
- When you visited their office you could expect the door to open at least 5 minutes late
- The only time you were ever treated with respect was if you caught them in a lie and asked to talk to a supervisor

What is the "problem" with illegal aliens?
- Fruit and vegetables are too cheap and you feel that the fair price for strawberries is $10 a pound.
- Paying a housekeeper $5 an hour under the table makes you feel like an advocate of slave labor
- Paying $1 more for a pair of jeans would make you feel as if you were robbed at gunpoint
- You were actually looking for a crappy second full-time job where you could make minimum wage so that you could help support your family

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

That's the thing though, We only control the influx of immigration dor people outside of pan america. The savings we get for those fruits and vegetables don't make up for the drain on taxes funded programs.


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