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An emotional rollercoaster ride of a lifetime!
This past week we appeared as a family in The Japan Times via Loco in Yokohama. That same week I realized that my visa and passport needed to be renewed. Upon appearing at immigration, I learned that they could possibly detain and deport me! I have never been so scared in my life. I was just shaking. I was too shocked to cry. I just could not believe it. As an American who’s never lived more than a month in another country I was petrified.
Thank goodness we brought the kids. I assume the interviewer took pity on my stupidity and allowed me to appeal. There I was…..looking like a complete idiot for not staying on top of my paperwork. Stupid, lazy, spoiled American. I deserved it all. I was humbled.
So here we are hoping mommy does not get deported. A very serious matter. In addition to getting kicked out, I would not be able to return for a year. So what does that mean for my family? A separation? My husband’s work? School for the kids? Our apartment? The family? All my crap that I bought? I could kick myself.
We let immigration know everything. We came here to support the family and we have formal, corporate letters from doctors. They can see that I just had a baby a few months ago, so hopefully they let me stay here. Be careful what you wish for. I was homesick for weeks before this, but I don’t want to go home like this!
Now I turn your attention to Donald Trump and his presidential campaign. I am thinking about immigration big time. He’s out of control in my opinion, but what I want to look at now is the structure of immigration and find out who really wins and who really loses; if there even is a loss.
I am from NYC and the city literally runs on immigrants(not Dunkin’ as the commercial says.LOL). What in the world would NYC do without immigrants? Word has it that every dollar and diamond in America passes through NYC. I find that interesting and very possibly accurate. To that I would like to add immigrants.LOL
I had so called illegal friends in New York. How could they live with that fear, that angst of knowing that they could not get caught up in the system. Knowing that if an employer decided not to pay, there were limited options about what they could do. I think about…..what if I were from a “poor” country?
No matter how much discrimination, shady dealings and lack of jobs go on in my country; you cannot deny the international black card. The blue passport. Argue if you like, but nobody is questioning whether I am scamming a longer stay or sucking their government dry once they see that passport. I might be a criminal, but not one who needs their citizenship.
I am new to this international world citizen thing. Pray for me. Remember it’s a roller coaster! Next week we could get a free trip to Hawaii. Just ride it out.