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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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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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Poisoning the well

Arrogance

Arrogance

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From The Patriot Post:

By Albert Maslar

Immigration cannot be reformed because first Congress must be reformed, which, judging by Speaker Boehner and his corrupting indoctrination of the newest members, won’t happen because Boehner is a total coward who does not understand his power of the purse on spending and debt extension. Boehner has the winning cards but funded ObamaCare when he could have nipped it in the bud by not funding it in the first place. 


Boehner’s statement on why he goes along with Obama, “I want to live to fight another day”—which in his parlance is when the GOP controls the House, Senate, and Presidency—ain’t going to happen. Any fool can win that stacked fight, but the GOP would manage to lose that un-loseable fight as well. The GOP (Gone Ole Party) is dead in the water but does not have the sense to sink into permanent oblivion where it belongs.



Consider the GOP presidential wannabes now headed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, best buddy of Obama, who’s willing to implement Liberal social issues into the GOP platform, making it OFFICIALLY part of the One-party Two-Party System. If there is no difference, and Obama is dictator, why don’t Americans just “Eat, Drink, and be Merry, for tomorrow we die”? (Unless they’re already dead but on life support without a living will.)



Then there is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the petty dictator who has not passed a constitutionally mandated budget for now the fifth year in a row, and the question is why that is not impeachable. After Congress there is POTUS and SCOTUS, not to mention FLOTUS, along with the less than supreme Supreme Court that deemed ObamaCare fees to be taxes; and if that is so, how can Obama not be impeached for granting exemptions and exceptions to a tax that is supposed to apply equally to all citizens? Political favoritism in that case is not constitutional. 


How can immigration be fixed if the whole fabric of the Constitution has been torn, tattered, shredded, and “transformed” by the Muslim Obama in the White House?



Fix immigration? If it were not so tragic Americans could all die from laughter. NOTHING can or will be fixed, except for the worse. The US Titanic is slowly sinking but the band keeps playing and the Fed keeps printing, while the Middle East is a volcano that never ceases to erupt. But the US thinks it can democratize the Muslim World that carries out the will of the Qur’an to spread Islam by force and the sword.



There are 1.5 billion Muslims, each dedicated to the destruction of the US that constantly helps Muslims financially and militarily to achieve their goal. Pass immigration reform? What’s the difference? The game is over but only the final score remains to be determined. If this game were subject to the Little League World Series 10-0 rule, the game would already have been declared over. 


What a bunch of losers we are. Why would illegal immigrants want to come to the US in the first place? Maybe the American remnant should find someplace in which to emigrate, and then not worry about unlimited immigration into the Divided States of America. Colonists came to America to escape oppressive taxes and now we have much more oppressive taxes coupled with the oppressive dictatorial rule of the “Commandeer” in-Chief, who himself may very well be the ultimate illegal immigrant.

Uncle Sam GOP Crooks

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Shamnesty

Amnesty’s Nose Dive

Unfairness Doctrine

Free Speech Saved

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Bad Day at Black Rock — 1955 Spencer Tracy film

This movie just popped into my head as I searched through the cobwebs of my mind for a title to cap yesterday’s Bad Day in DC for Bush and the Dems.

This American classic was concerned with the themes of individual integrity, group conformity, group complacency, and civic responsibility. And it had those groovy Film Noir qualities, so I figured it might be a smidgen apropos when used to describe yesterday’s momentous events in Congress. What do you think?

As LGF put it,

“…as we bask in the warm afterglow of 1) the defeat of the illegal immigration bill, and 2) the defeat of the Unfairness Doctrine.

Yes, it was a bad day in DC for folks on both sides of the aisle, but it was a good day for Americans. Results like these can renew one’s faith in government — well — at least a tiny bit.

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Immigration AlamoIraqi Army Self-Reliance

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Ann CoulterRepublicans’ defense of President Bush’s immigration bill is more enraging than their defense of Harriet Miers. Back then, Bush’s conservative base was accused of being sexist for opposing an unqualified woman’s nomination to the highest court in the land. Now we’re racists for not wanting to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

I don’t know why conservatives like Linda Chavez have to argue like liberals by smearing their opponents as racists. Oh wait, now I remember! Their arguments are as strong as liberals’ arguments usually are. (more…)

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By Tony Fraser

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — A Guyanese suspect in an alleged plot to bomb a fuel pipeline feeding New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport surrendered to police Tuesday in Trinidad, a police official said. Abdel Nur turned himself in at a police station outside the Trinidadian capital of Port-of-Spain, police spokeswoman Wendy Campbell told The Associated Press.

He is the fourth man arrested the alleged plot, including a former opposition member of Guyana’s parliament and a former airport air cargo employee who was arrested in New York.

Trinidadian Police Commissioner Trevor Paul had warned Monday that Nur should be considered armed and dangerous and he appealed to the public for help in finding him.

“I am confident that the pressure brought to bear by the Trinidadian police authorities contributed to his surrender,” said Mark Mershon, the head of the FBI in New York. “We are very grateful for their tremendous cooperation in this investigation.” (more…)

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Having made and staked my reputation on being politically incorrect, it is time I came out of the closet on this.

Let it be known that I am an Americanist.

I believe it is not enough to merely respect and defend the guiding principles of liberty and freedom that the Founding Fathers formulated over the second half of the 18th century.

As an Americanist, I am committed to believe with my whole heart in the moral, philosophical, political, and practical superiority of the traditional American way of life. (more…)

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