Saturday, August 09, 2008
No More Borders!
I know the subject of illegal immigration is a big deal in the States. Some folks are sure that the U.S. is being invaded by brown folks and they spend time worrying about the Reconquista, but I don't hear anyone spending time trying to find out how many Swedes, Irish, English, and Canadians living in the U.S.A. have expired visas.
Why is Padre going on about this? Well, once again, the Lovely Mona and I are illegal immigrants. The government here changes the requirements for migración every year, and what worked last time won't necessarily work this year. And, to make things more complicated, missionary visas are for only a year at a time, and have lots of requirements. It seems that some of the Evangelical churches were sneaking folks in as missionaries but they were taking jobs away from Panamanians, so the rest of us all suffer for their mistakes (how surprised are you that the Evangelical Protestants are involved? Not very, eh?). Our drivers licenses expires with our visas, which complicates things. The Lovely Mona started collecting the necessary papers a month and a half ago, but migración kept asking for more stuff. Then, to complicate things more, my passport expired in May (how often do you check your passport? I thought so!). So, everything expired July 10th, and we still haven't had our visit to migración. Heck, the Lovely Mona almost got busted this week. So, I'm feeling lots of solidarity with my illegal brothers and sisters back in the States.
I'm not a nationalist, and, to be frank with you all, I think everyone should live wherever they want to on planet earth. I think immigration laws are a bunch of crap, but I do my best to obey them, and, the fact is, almost all governments make life miserable for immigrants, no matter where they are. I really don't understand this. No human being is illegal. Sometimes there are complications in following the rules, but are borders really necessary? Why do we exclude people from living wherever they may find themselves?
We'll be taking public transportation and making decisions about where ever we travel until we're "legal" again. And if anyone asks me for any identification, I'll be making a run for it. Next time you hear someone whining about "illegal immigrants" give em a whack for me!
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