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Dear Auntie Pinko,
I am a Mexican national who for medical reasons had a daughter
born in America, so she is an American citizen by birth.
My wife and I were on a B-2 permit when she was born and we
had to overstay our time (violating immigration laws) due to her
medical condition, and with no intention of trying to take advantage
of my daughter being born in America. Now we have had move to Mexico.
As you can see I have knowledge of the English language, also I
do have knowledge of the Constitution of the United States of America,
which for me is a great honor, and also I did it for my daughter
who deserves to know and learn to appreciate the country in which
she was born.
My question is, if I raise my daughter in this lawless and
corrupt country (Mexico), what kind of American citizen will she
become? I think that this is wrong for the country that gave us
a lots of good things (and I am not referring to material things),
to return an American citizen who does not even know (in this case)
her country or the real meaning of being an American Citizen.
I know that for some American citizens a "Mexican"(mentioning
this with no disrespect to any one) is just another Mexican citizen
trying to cross the border and do harm to US society or to take
advantage of the US government. I can mention on my behalf that
we are not all the same, some of us really learned to love and respect
America, and I am willing to prove that on any ground, for me it
is an honor teaching as much as I know about American history, culture
and the real meaning of being an American citizen to my daughter,
even if I do not have the honor of being one.
All I am really asking for is a way to get a hearing in an
immigration court to expose my case, and return the love and respect
that I got from my dearest friends and American citizens.
God bless America.
Thank you very much for all the effort you are making to raise
your daughter to be a good American citizen. As the great-granddaughter
of immigrants, Auntie Pinko is very much aware of how the hopes,
dreams and hard work of people coming here have shaped our country.
We have general agreement among all Americans that we benefit
from immigration, and that immigrants make valuable contributions
to our nation. But we also have general agreement that very real
social and economic issues make it impossible for America to have
a policy of unrestricted immigration. Even those who are new Americans,
or the children of immigrants themselves, agree that completely
unrestricted immigration would pose too many problems for our country
Our current system of dealing with immigration tries to reconcile
these agreements, and be fair to everyone concerned. But the issues
are so complex that we haven't been able to succeed.
I cannot say anything in defense of our current system of laws,
agencies, and enforcement on immigration issues other than this:
Many good intentions went into them, and there are many good people
involved in the system still trying to improve it. I realize thatís
a feeble apology in the face of a system that is so complicated
and chaotic. Our system causes a lot of suffering, and your family
is not alone in its tragedy.
I would urge all of my readers to keep the issue of improving
our immigration laws and agencies on the "priority" list
for our elected representatives. It affects us all, more deeply
than we are aware.
I have personal cause to be deeply grateful to a Mexican family
who moved to America. They virtually adopted an elderly relative
of mine and treated him as they would have treated a member of their
own family, with love and respect far beyond anything that could
have been supplied by an institution. I have known a number of Americans
of Mexican heritage, and Mexicans hoping to be Americans, and I
value them as neighbors and community members.
I have also worked with immigrants from Africa, Asia, the Middle
East, and Central America, and I would be proud and happy to have
them as my fellow-citizens. Immigrants keep America vigorous and
competitive, flexible and creative.
I wish that I had a clear solution for you, Jesus. But all I can
offer is three suggestions:
- Keep hoping, and raising your daughter to be a good American.
- Take what you admire about America and try to apply it in Mexico.
No matter how tiny the effort may seem in the face of Mexicoís
economic and social problems, tiny efforts count!
- Look for every opportunity to communicate with Americans about
the effects of our immigration system, and the opportunities we
are losing in not having you among us as a neighbor and fellow-citizen.
It takes a lot to get the attention of Americaís people. But the
more you try, the better the chances for change.
I hope that you and your family succeed, Jesus, and extend best
wishes for the future of your daughter, my fellow-citizen. And thanks
for writing to Auntie Pinko!
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