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Texas soon to be
Texas soon to be “The Walled State”

LAREDO, Texas (The Adobo Chronicles) – Emboldened by the recent ruling of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court which upheld a lower court decision blocking the implementation of a series of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, Texas today announced that it will build a wall around the state’s entire perimeter.

A three-judge panel ruled against the Obama administration on a 2-1 vote in Texas v. United States, upholding a lower court’s injunction against two programs. Obama created one of the programs, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA, and expanded another, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA in a unilateral effort to reshape the U.S. immigration system after the 2014 midterm elections.

Governor Greg Abbott said that the “great wall” will not only prevent Mexicans from illegally crossing the border but also keep undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. out of the Lone Star state. “This will mean millions of dollars in savings on the part of the state government which otherwise would be spent on providing services to undocumented immigrants, including health insurance, food stamps and and housing,” Abbott said.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he fully supports the Texas move and promised to donate $1 Billion of his own money to help in the building of the great wall. He says all he wants in return are giant billboards along the wall with the message: “Built through the generosity of Donald Trump.”

Meanwhile, the Obama administration says it will appeal the Circuit Court’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.


article-2561514-1B94DF3500000578-424_634x472THE VATICAN, Italy (The Adobo Chronicles®) – Pope Francis is back in The Vatican after his successful visit to Cuba and the United States.

Unknown to many, the Pontiff had originally wanted to enter the United States from Mexico, crossing the U.S. Border between Tijuana and San Diego via a rented Fiat.  It was a gesture that Francis wanted to undertake as a way of shining the spotlight on the issue of immigration.

Unfortunately, the plan did not materialize because of some passport and visa problems.

The pope has a Vatican passport which allows him to travel anywhere in the world as a head of state.  But he also recently renewed his Argentine passport and national identity card.

Because entering the U.S. via Mexico was not part of his official itinerary, the Pope could not use his Vatican passport.  He had to use his Argentine passport and needed  an entry visa for the U.S.

Argentina is not among the countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) of the United States.  The VWP exempts citizens and passport holders of the participating countries from visitor visa requirements.

Because the Pope’s decision to enter the U.S. through Mexico was last-minute, he didn’t have enough time to apply and secure a U.S. visa using his Argentine passport.

The immigration system of the United States is so broken that even the Holy Father is not immune from the strict and sometimes ridiculous visa requirements to visit the land of opportunity.