MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – As President Donald Trump was delivering his first State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C., an eerie situation was unfolding in Manila.
The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines was unusually quiet, nay, void of the usual long queues of Filipinos seeking to get a travel or immigrant visa to the land of the free, home of the brave.
An investigation by The Adobo Chronicles revealed that Filipinos stayed away from the embassy in protest of Trump’s proposed immigration policy that would deny U.S. citizens the opportunity to petition their Filipino relatives, other than spouses and minor children.
Many of those who boycotted the embassy were brothers, sisters, parents, and adult children of Filipinos now living in America as naturalized citizens. These family members have long been waiting to have their petitions processed. Some have been waiting since 1994. Now the American Dream is all but — well, a dream.
Staff of the embassy have also told The Adobo Chronicles that they worry about losing their jobs. “If there are no petitions and visas to process, what is there left for us to do,” they said.
Sources close to the U.S. State Department indicated that plans are now being prepared to convert the U.S. Embassy in Manila to a theme park, like a mini Disneyland or Universal Studios, should Trump’s immigration plan goes into effect.