One of my Kuwaiti friends, Musaed, sent me this video on WhatsApp with the text, “Short video about American Bedoun. I thought you would like it.” I thought to myself, American Bedouns? What is he talking about?
In case you are not familiar with the plight of the Bedoun in Kuwait you can read up on them (here).
I watched the video and then realized he was talking about the children of illegal immigrants from Mexico. Their parents entered the US illegally to work and brought their young children with them when they were around 1 – 3 years old. They were not born in the US but were brought up there and given a free education in US public schools. Their parents worked hard to support them and make sure that nobody found out about their illegal status. Illegal families living in constant fear of being deported back to their home countries, mostly from Mexico. These illegal immigrant children do not have social security numbers and are not allowed to obtain legal residency or driving licenses. However, US healthcare is free for all illegal immigrants and the hospital cannot turn them into the authorities.
The illegal immigrant children featured in the below films are academic and sports stars. The only life they know is inside the United States. They haven’t been to Mexico since they were babies and it’s really a sad situation. I would never feel right about having them deported even though they are illegal. It is their parents that broke the law and entered the US illegally. They just wanted a better life for their families and to hope for a piece of the fading American dream.
The problem that America is facing is how can they afford to grant residency to every child born outside the US but brought in illegally to the USA? I mean they already get free education and healthcare but should we allow them to stay forever? It's not their fault that their parents chose to bring them here. However, if we do pardon them wouldn’t this cause a giant increase in illegal’s bringing in their children through the boarders to enjoy the same benefits? I mean where do we draw the line?
The United States has one of the most generous policies regarding citizenship. Anyone born in the US whether from illegals, green card holders or tourists will become automatic US citizens. There are many cases of foreign tourists that hide their pregnancy just so they can fly over and have their baby in the US. Just imagine if this was done in Kuwait? How would it affect your employment, salaries, free medical care and standard of living? The Bedoun people of Kuwait would eventually cease to exist because every newborn would become Kuwaiti. So would all expat children born in Kuwait. That’s millions of new Kuwaiti’s and billions of dinars spent on them.
If you are Kuwaiti can you imagine every expat child that was born in their native country and then brought to Kuwait being able to stay in Kuwait forever with free education and healthcare? Does this make the illegals in the USA American Bedouns when they were born in another country? I do not think they are Bedouns like Kuwait but illegal immigrants. Kuwait, what do you think? Am I wrong? Is it the same thing?
Under President Obama there has been immigration reform and you can see that in the below post video about the illegal track star. It’s not a permanent solution but it does give them and extension and hope for residency.
This morning in the Kuwaiti Times there was an interesting article (here) on expat youth that were born in Kuwait and could only stay here with a job that provided a visa 18 after they turn 21. If these youth fail to get residency through employment they are forced to leave Kuwait and their families. All they know since birth is life in Kuwait as an expat unlike the Mexican illegal’s in the US, they were legally in Kuwait sponsored by their parents before they turned 21. These expat children were born in Kuwait and not their parent's country.
This is the part I just don’t’ get. Even Kuwaiti women who marry non-Kuwaiti men cannot sponsor their husbands and their children are not granted Kuwaiti citizenship. This is the opposite for Kuwaiti men who marry expats. Their children are automatic Kuwaitis and the expat women can become Kuwaiti citizens in five years if they have children and I believe in 10 to 15 years if they do not. Kuwaiti men marrying Eastern Europeans, Asians and Westerners have drastically increased and most do not pay the women's families dowries. When will Kuwaiti women who make up more than 70% of University graduates in Kuwait receive the same rights as Kuwaiti men? I really hope it's soon for the sake of their children most of all.
Was Musaed right and are these illegal immigrants in the US born in Mexico America's Bedouns? Does America have the same problem as Kuwait? Readers, what are your thoughts?