But I digress, yet again. Obama’s de facto granting of amnesty to somewhere between 4.5 – 6 million immigrants has been a spit in the face to ever legal, law-abiding naturalized citizen this nation has ever made one of our own. The very same legal, law-abiding naturalized citizen that followed that very basic American trait of just following the rules. Most waited patiently for years. Many spent a small fortune just to proudly and legally say “I’m an AMERICAN citizen.” Some went as far as fighting and bleeding for this country before it became their country.
As far as our nation’s immigration system being “broken,” the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service) has for decades maintained the wherewithal to correctly process though the system millions of newly minted American citizens each and every year. But that number is now getting getting smaller and smaller each and every year. Why? Simple … what few Border Patrol Agents are actually stationed on the Mexican line are busy changing diapers and keeping those rambunctious members of the MS-13 Teen Auxiliary occupado. Should I even bring up the Three Stooges farce the immigration court system has become? No … you get the picture.
While an already bureaucratically-bloated immigration system does manage to somehow plod along despite of 11 – 20 million illegals overloading the system, it’s not a perfect system. Someone with a backbone needs to blow into town with a fat-cutting chainsaw. As The Fiscal Times noted recently, “There are an estimated 4.4 million people on waiting lists to qualify for family-based or employment visas to enter the U.S., with waiting times ranging on average from five years to 20 years. Experts say there are so many different types of visas and regulations — and so many peculiarities to the law and bureaucratic snafus — that discussing the length of lines is almost meaningless.”
But there are those who willingly wait in line. Correctly, responsibly, legally. And every so often there are cases of legal aliens who have such a love for the United States, they’re willing to put their lives on the line just to be called “American.” Men such as Sergeant Tikonblah Dargbeh, USMC and Lance Corporal Mario Pacheco-Perez, USMC.
Born Mexican citizens, Mario and his twin brother Josue came to this country as permanent legal residents in 2006. When the brothers learned that volunteering for military service could speed up their naturalization process, both chose the branch of service known for an almost fanatical love of the United States – the US Marine Corps.
Another that not only talked the talk, but walked the walk, was Liberian-born Tikonblah Dargbeh, “whose father instilled in him the belief that America represented greater opportunity to excel.” When made a citizen in 2009, the Marine Sergeant’s mother, Marta said of her son, “As a little kid, he had always loved the military, so this is a dream come true for him to be able to get into the Marines and here he is a U.S. citizen. It’s a really big occasion for us. We are very proud of him.”
Among the Teufelhunden’s awards are campaign ribbons denoting his two combat tours as well as the Combat Action Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Purple Heart for wounds received when a suicide bomber rammed his bomb-laden car into Sgt. Dargbeh’s vehicle. Without coming off as a braggart, the Leatherneck plainly said at his citizenship ceremony, “I understand what it means to give selfless service.”
Sadly for this nation, new Americas like Tikonblah Dargbeh and the Brothers Pacheco-Perez are quickly becoming the exception rather than the rule. Those that followed the law should file a personal lawsuit against Obama and also against the Executive Branch. As they say on the streets, they were done dirty.