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Birther Issue: Donald Trump Goes After Ted Cruz And The Philippines’ Grace Poe

Top left, clockwise: Cruz, Poe, Trump, Obama

NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is undeniably a birther: he has continuously questioned Barack Obama’s citizenship, claiming the president was born in Kenya and should not have been qualified to run for U.S. president.

Fast forward to 2016.

Trump is running against Senator Ted Cruz who appears to be the greatest threat to the billionaire’s quest for the presidency.  Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban-born father and American mother.  That, according to Trump, does not make the senator a ‘natural-born citizen’ which is a primary qualification to become president of the United States.

Trump has also turned his attention to the Philippines which is holding its own presidential elections in May this year.  One of the leading candidates is Senator Grace Poe who faces questions about her being a ‘natural-born citizen’ on the grounds that she is a foundling , adopted by film actors Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces, and whose biological parents remain unknown to this day.

Asked by The Adobo Chronicles why it matters to him who gets elected Philippine president, Trump said, “If I become U.S. president, I  cannot be dealing with a foreign leader who is not legitimate.”

He added: “Grace Poe is either a natural-born citizen or is not. And if the answer is no, then as U.S. president, I do not have any business recognizing her as a fellow head of state.”

Do we see a budding alliance between Ted Cruz and Grace Poe?

Donald Trump: Thumbs Up To Obama’s Plan To Deport Undocumented Immigrants Beginning In January

imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – In a rare show of bi-partisanship, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump today embraced President Barack Obama’s plan to deport tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants beginning in January.

Undocumented families in the U.S. could be rounded up and deported , according to a report that has shocked immigrants rights’ advocates and provoked condemnation from Democratic presidential hopefuls.

The Department of Homeland Security is preparing for raids that would see hundreds of recently arrived immigrants deported, according to a report in The Washington Post.

Citing anonymous sources, the report said that adults and children “would be detained wherever they can be found and immediately deported”.

The operation would focus on people who entered the US from its south-west border since the start of 2014, many of whom are assumed to be escaping gang violence and institutional collapse in Central America. It would also focus on people who have already been ordered to leave by an immigration judge, according to the Post.

The White House would not confirm if the Obama plan was meant to replace these undocumented immigrants with the 10,000 Syrian refugees that the president had previously announced would be allowed into the country.

“Finally, Obama has come to his senses,” Trump said, emphasizing that “the deportation of undocumented immigrants and creating a border wall to prevent illegal immmigration have always been part of my campaign agenda.”

However, Trump said that the Obama administration’s deportation announcement does not go far enough.

“We need to do more.  We need to also deport  Americans — especially those running for public office — who have divided loyalties between  America and their foreign place of birth or lineage,” the real estate mogul stated.

Trump was obviously referring to his closest rival in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, Senator Ted Cruz, who was  raised in Texas but born in Canada to a Cuban father.

Upon learning of Trump’s comments, Cruz told The Adobo Chronicles: “Look who’s talking.  Here’s my challenge:   I will self deport if Donald does the same.”

Trump was born to a German father and Scottish mother.



imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – While Americans were camping out in movie theaters nationwide to be among the first to see ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ President  Barack Obama signed new legislation that would discriminate against human beings — including U.S. citizens — based on national origin and travel history.

Both Houses of Congress approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill intended to keep government services funded through September 2016. Tucked into this omnibus legislation are provisions that could undermine, on the basis of personal heritage, the ability of many American citizens to travel visa-free to countries in Europe and east Asia.

For more than 25 years, the Visa Waiver Program has allowed people from a select list of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. without a visa. Those countries, in turn, must reciprocate, allowing Americans the same privilege on their own soil. Congress voted to change the deal: People coming from countries covered under the Visa Waiver Program, including people who are citizens of those countries, will now need to get a visa if they are determined to be nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria, or if they have visited those countries since 2011.

So, if you’re a citizen of Germany whose parents were born in Sudan, or if you are a Japanese citizen who has previously travelled to Iran for business or tourism, then you would need a visa to visit the United States and will no longer be covered under the U.S. Visa. Waiver Program.

If you are an American citizen and a national of the above-named countries, you may soon face retaliatory travel restrictions when visiting friends and family abroad.

The visa wars have begun, and neither Dath Vadar nor Princess Leia could stop it.