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When Guyanese-born NEIL GOUVEIA immigrated to New York at age 7, his mother made a devastating decision to leave one child behind to expedite the family exodus. Six years later, they became US citizens. Now 39, gay and newly conservative, Gouveia takes a tough, unpopular stance against those who cross the border illegally. He shared his story with The Post’s Susan Edelman.

You’ve heard news about families being separated at the US southern border. Legal immigrants have to deal with separation as well. My mother made her own “Sophie’s Choice.”

In Guyana back in 1986, an immigration officer broke the terrible news. After a three-year wait, my mother, Bassodai Gouveia, arrived at the US embassy in Georgetown to pick up visas for our family of nine to go live in America.

“Mrs. Gouveia, we can’t give you the visas,” he told my mom. “You have a sick child. If you brought her to the United States, it would be a huge government expense. And you can’t abandon her.”

When immigrants apply to come to America, they have to go through a complete physical. My sister, Vera, 9, had cerebral palsy. She couldn’t walk or talk and was mostly bed-bound. But she smiled and laughed. When I got a spanking for misbehaving, I would hug Vera, who was 17 months older than me, for comfort.

My mother walked away from the immigration officer, dejected, then suddenly turned around and went back: “Sir, I have an aunt who can take care of my child while we’re in America,” she told him, fibbing. (She actually had a friend who would look after Vera.)

It tore my mother apart, but she had to make a decision to leave Vera behind — or start the application process all over again. She had to sacrifice Vera to save the American dream for the rest of us — me and five kids from her previous marriage along with my father.

When we came to America, we lived in a basement apartment in the South Bronx. Mom and Dad had to hustle and get jobs. There was no time to relax. Dad, a customs official in Guyana, became a janitor. Mom, who had left school when her father died at age 9 to sell fruit, cleaned houses.

Neil Gouveia came to America in 1986 with parents Augustine and Bassodai Gouveia, who were forced to leave his ailing baby sister, Vera (pictured), behind.

Neil Gouveia came to America in 1986 with parents Augustine and Bassodai Gouveia, who were forced to leave his ailing baby sister, Vera (pictured), behind.

One day, a woman whose house she was cleaning saw her crying and asked what was wrong. My mom explained that she had to leave her daughter in Guyana. It so happened that the woman was the principal of a special-needs school. “I’m going to help you.” she promised.

The principal and my mother pleaded with local politicians to petition on her behalf. About six months later, she had a letter granting permission for Vera to enter the US. My mom went back to South America and brought her to New York.

About a month later, Vera came down with pneumonia and died. We were heartbroken, but my mom still felt vindicated. One of her greatest satisfactions in life is knowing that she never gave up on her daughter.

I learned a lot about American culture and traditions from watching sit-coms: “Three’s Company,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons.” I went to some of the worst elementary and middle schools in the South Bronx but won a scholarship to Monsignor Scanlan High School and escaped a cycle of sub par [sic] education. It gave me the discipline I was not exposed to in the public school system. I earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from St. John’s University in Queens and a master’s degree in education from Baruch College.

Those experiences shaped my “conservative” views on immigration. It took five years after we arrived in the US before we could apply for citizenship. While I was exempt because of my age, 13, mom and dad had to prepare for a naturalization test on American history and government. Mom was the nervous one — she did not have a formal education and the thought of taking an exam terrified her. She and my dad studied for hours to answer the 100 questions that could seal their fate.

On test day, an immigration officer asked 10 questions, and my parents had to answer at least six correctly. Dad passed easily, but mom barely made it. At the official ceremony, I stood with my parents, bursting with pride, as they took the citizenship oath and pledged allegiance to the US flag. At that moment, I, too, became an American citizen. If under age 18, the children of a naturalized parent are automatically granted the same status.

I remained defiant because my parents’ journey here was not easy, and I could not betray the country that has done so much for me
Today, if someone hops the US border and gives birth to a child, that child gets the exact same benefit that took my parents eight years to achieve. They waited their turn, but babies born to illegal immigrants in the US automatically become citizens. That’s a huge flaw in our immigration system.

What President Trump is pitching is already practiced in Australia and Canada. They’re very selective about who they admit. I also think it’s legitimate to separate children, initially, to verify whom they really belong to. If these people don’t have documents to prove the children belong to them, border agents have to act in their best interest. Human and child trafficking is a huge problem.

Before the 2016 presidential campaign, I didn’t fully understand how the left and right operated. I was always fed the narrative that since I was a person of color — my mother of Indian descent, my father Portuguese — an immigrant and gay that I had to follow a script: Support the Democratic Party and liberal values; conservatives were the boogeyman.
After Trump won the election, my friends instantly wanted him to fail as a leader. I would explain that if he failed, we failed. This point of view was met with heavy backlash and a barrage of insults. Anyone who showed any type of support toward Trump was deemed the enemy.

People accused me of turning my back on minorities and their struggle. I remained defiant because my parents’ journey here was not easy, and I could not betray the country that has done so much for me.

But speaking my mind became isolating. People with whom I had shared many amazing years of friendship allowed politics to divide us. Dozens of my liberal friends stopped talking to me or unfriended [sic] me on social media. I tried to suppress my political views when meeting new people. I was passive and bit my tongue on many occasions. I wasn’t being true to myself. I felt like I was in the closet all over again.

Amid the backlash, however, I did meet people who looked past politics and not only accepted me but admired that I dared to be different in liberal-dominated NYC. One of those people is my partner, Dan. Although he does not agree with many of my views, he respects them.

I’m fortunate to be a US citizen because I’m able to live a quality life and enjoy the benefits this country has to offer. I find it disheartening when people gripe about being oppressed in America, especially other immigrants. I firmly believe that living in America is a privilege. This country is truly the land of opportunities.

Neil Gouveia, 39, lives in Washington Heights and works as a higher-education fund-raiser.

From the New York Post

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Or maybe you can…..

The snarky looking blonde is Ahed Tamimi , aka Shirley Temper.

She is the poster “child” for so-called oppressed “Palestinian” youth.

Repeatedly used by her terror-tied family, her MO is to accost, harangue and physically harass IDF troops for the sole purpose of eliciting an embarrassing response, all while being recorded on video.

Recently she attacked an Israeli soldier who took her punches and did nothing.

Three days later she was arrested for her actions and now she and her enablers and other anti-Semites are crying foul.

She is currently being used to highlight ( and a bill is before the house to condemn Israel) the plight of “Palestinian children” arrested by Israel.

She is at least 16 years old, possibly 17 or 18. Under “Palestinian” law she has reached the age of majority.

Muslims think nothing of making a bride of a 10-year-old.

That’s a full-grown woman, but a 17-year-old arrested by the IDF is a child?

Some of her fellow “children” serving time have been convicted of normal childhood hi-jinks such as arson and murder.

Typical “Palestinian” bullshit.

Another fabrication of “Palestinians” is that the Israelis are white colonial oppressors and they are people of “color”.

The brunette girl in the photo giving Ahed the snake-eye is an Israeli Jew, as is the other police officer on her right, who is also 20 shades darker than his prisoner.

PLEASE CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN TO VOTE AGAINST HR-4391

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New York City Police Shoot Unarmed Muslim Truck Driver

This is what the headlines look like when terror acts like the one that took place in Manhattan are perpetrated in Israel.

In spite of the fact that American news stories refer to truck attacks that have happened in France, Germany and England, the Israelis were the first victims of vehicle attacks.

Add this to the list of “Palestinian” contributions to world culture, along with plane hijackings and  suicide vest bombings.

Somehow different parameters exist when the terrorists call themselves Palestinian and the victims are Jews.

Maybe we need to increase truck regulations.

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Evidently some groups are more entitled to the right of national self-determination.

The incessant crybaby tantrums for the “Palestinians” to have this right overshadows the same right being negated or denied for the following:

Jews

Kurds

Catalans

Basques

Tibetans

Assyrians

Chaldeans

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http://nypost.com/2017/09/23/valerie-plames-new-anti-semitic-game/

Hey Valerie – SHUT THE FUCK UP

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http://nypost.com/2017/09/14/jemele-hill-apologizes-to-espn-for-trump-tweet/

Apparently Jemele Hill has enough sense of decency to apologize to ESPN.

Maybe she should be apologizing to Trump?

If anyone said something like that about Obama, they would have been audited by the IRS.

If it was about Clinton, they would have died  under mysterious circumstances.

Hey, Jemele,

SHUT THE FUCK UP

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We shouldn’t have to keep harping on this.

TMQ2 is not about hating Muslims.

We are about opposing Islamic supremacy, hypocrisy and lies.

We welcome as allies in these efforts, Nadiya Al-Noor and Muslims Facing Tomorrow.

https://nadiyaalnoor.wordpress.com/

http://muslimsfacingtomorrow.com/

We salute them, and may God keep them safe.

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…. in realizing the flawed logic, lack of knowledge, hypocrisy, and forgive me for adding this because years ago  promised it was out of the equation, outright stupidity of dear old Racist Ray “Hamas” ray-the_dope_hananiaHanania.

Check out the link: http://www.israellycool.com/2017/01/13/responding-to-ray-hananias-myths/

 

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logicHow is it that the most inciteful and hateful images and accusations can be leveled against Jews as long as they are called Zionists or Israelis?

Yet the slightest criticism of Islamic supremacists or jihadists is labeled as anti-Muslim.

Even George Orwell is scratching his head.

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