First off, let's keep this civil. Any ranting or racist BS and I'm closing this thread faster then you can say Gringo, OK ? :gun
The situation is this.
My parents retired to Florida, and they built a very nice house there in a gated community.
They used to just stay in the US on a tourist visum, and would come back to Belgium for a couple of weeks every 6 months or so.
They have really integrated into the community there and made a lot of very good friends, all of whom I also got to know on my stays there.
They are financially secure, and all they do is spend their money in the US. They will never have to rely on Social Security or anything like that. All they do is put money into the system.
This all worked out great for a couple of years.
Then on one of their previous returns to the US they were held at immigration in Chicago and put in a cell
They were told they could not reside in the US for more than 6 months a year on a tourist visum. So what good is the home you built if you can only reside in it half of the year ?
This really broke my mother's heart as she had put all in her new home, and she really enjoys her retirement there.
Now I hear there is a bill in the making that would legalize 12 MILLION immigrants (illegals) residing in the US, who for the most case do not have independent means of living, meaning they will have to rely on US citizens at some time to provide for them in some capacity.
I mean why can't the US grant legal residency to people who retire there, when it is obvious all they will ever do is add to the US economy ?
This makes no sense to me and it makes me so angry...
I could get a green card if I accept a job in the US (I have been offered several), and then they would also be allowed to stay, but I don't feel like moving there. Don't get me wrong, I love the US, and I love the American people in general (some exceptions do apply...), but I have 3 kids to raise, and I think the education system in Belgium is WAY better than that in the US, plus the schools are...emmm...less dangerous and more affordable.
So what do you guys think ? Do you feel they should be allowed to stay ? They are now looking at having to sell their home, their dream, their everything, just because some Xenophobe politician says so and grossly over-generalizes.
Thoughts, feedback appreciated. But the minute I feel this thread goes off on a tangent towards the racist, I'm banning the racist and pulling the plug. A warned man...