TORONTO, Canada (The Adobo Chronicles, Toronto Bureau) – Egos are aplenty in American — north and south of the U.S.-Canada border.
In the U.S., Trump is building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and limiting legal immigration to the land of the free, home of the brave.
In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is considering proposing to stop Filipino immigration to his country — all because his ego was hurt.
It all started when Trudeau’s government ordered a review of the Philippines’ purchase of helicopters from Canada. Trudeau doesn’t want the military equipment to be used against terrorists and local insurgents in the Philippines. So he thereatened to cancel the deal.
But David stood up against Goliath.
Even before Canada could initiate a review, Philippine President cancelled the deal himself.
Embarrassed, Trudeau says he will now consider closing Canada’s borders to Filipinos.
Currently, it is estimated that over 830,000 Filipinos are living in Canada.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – When President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union Address (SOTU) tonight, there are two important things the American audience should know:
1. Tea Party Republican Congressman Paul Gosar says he has asked the Capitol police and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to check the immigration status of everyone in attendance and to arrest and deport any “illegal aliens.”
2. Trump is asking all non-US citizens to turn off their TV sets or disable their computers and mobile devices to prevent them from watching the SOTU via live streaming.
A White House spokesperson told The Adobo Chronicles that tonight’s SOTU is all about the president’s America First policy, and nothing in his speech will be of concern to “illegal” immigrants or permanent residents.
To reiterate: all non US citizens and undocumented immigrants, KEEP OUT!