Happy 30th Freedomversary, Mom and Dad!

  
On January 9, 1986, my parents landed in the United States after a two-month stint in Italy following their escape from Soviet-occupied Lithuania in October 1985. 30 years later, they still love America more than ever before–despite malcontents in power positions trying to undermine her.

For this occasion, my sister and I wanted to surprise our parents with a gift they would cherish forever to mark this special occasion: lunch at a fancy waterfront near an airport (Reagan National) to give them a nostalgic reminder of how they arrived here–by plane. What better way to mark their arrival to the U.S. than this?

People get confused about our country of origin when we say Lithuania is our ancestral homeland. They think my sister and I were born abroad, when in fact, we were born stateside. (Fun fact:I was the first person in my immediate family to be born in the U.S.! I wear that as a tremendous badge of honor.) That makes my sister Anna Maria and I proud first-generation Americans!

I often share my family’s story to give others a sense of who I am. For without my family and my Lithuanian heritage, I wouldn’t be the young conservative activist and outdoor enthusiast I am today. My family’s struggles in the former USSR taught me many valuable lessons about appreciating faith, family, freedom, and free enterprise. They lived the socialist, Marxist nightmare many Democrats desire to implement here. They know firsthand America is the last beacon of freedom on earth.

My parents came to this country virtually penniless and with more limited English speaking capabilities. America was a strange new land for them. After picking up valuable skills, assimilating, settling in, and getting citizenship, they realized their potential and fulfilled the American dream. My dad owns a construction company, while my mom spent many years in corporate America working as a technological consultant. They are the best Americans I know. Imagine that–folks who lived behind the Iron Curtain to tell the tale AND become naturalized, red-blooded Americans? Only in America.

I’m proud of my legal immigrants parents and happily share their story. I wish more politicians would share these kinds of immigration stories instead of stories that appeal to crony capitalists and big government statists.

On this 30th Freedomversary celebration of my parents’ arrival to the United States, I want to reflect by thanking my wonderful parents–who’ve been married for nearly 34 years–for coming here and allowing us to be born here. We love you and will continue to cherish you forever!

xo,

Gabriella

I’m Proud to Be A Child of Legal Immigrants

I know I say this a lot, but words can’t describe how incredibly proud I am to be a child of immigrants. My parents sacrificed so much to come here from the former Soviet Union nearly 29 years ago. They learned English, started their own business, and instilled their love of freedom in us–all the while preserving their Lithuanian traditions. They are the best immigrants my sister and I know. Though the process to become U.S. citizens was arduous, they successfully completed it and are grateful for being bestowed opportunities unseen elsewhere in the world.

Our politicians need to stop treating immigrants as pawns for political expediency. In the past, immigrating to America was highly revered and treated with dignity. Today, bureaucrats dangle welfare and taxpayer money in front of people’s faces to lure them into paternalistic government. Additionally, they perpetuate racial division and accuse amnesty opponents of being “xenophobic” if we suggest the need to reform legal immigration and discourage illegal immigration. Additionally, some will accuse us of being anti-free market if we desire to secure the border and want to stop emboldening entitlement spending. (What?) Government is already too gargantuan…

“But but but, immigration is broken!” Immigration is only broken because government bureaucrats and crony capitalists have manipulated the system to line their pockets at our expense. If immigrating to the U.S. was truly grotesque and inhumane as some suggest, what explains millions of people flocking here year after year to enjoy a better life? Please spare us your faulty emotional arguments.

Talk to any legal immigrant from any background and creed–whether from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, etc. They abhor amnesty and will tell you how deleterious it is for people like them who don’t cheat the system. They will tell you how much they love this country and how hard they worked to get citizenship. Isn’t it ridiculous that 4.4 million people who are taking the right path to citizenship have to wait years, while those who come here illegally are appeased to and easily accommodated? Want to talk compassion for immigrants? Be compassionate to immigrants who don’t admonish our laws.

How do we go forward despite a president with a penchant for unconstitutional authority? Reduce the size and scope of government while adhering to our laws.

Obama to Gamble Away U.S. Sovereignty This Friday in Las Vegas

Emperor…er, President Obama will be gambling away our country’s sovereignty on Friday in Las Vegas, where he’s expected to issue an executive order on amnesty to five million illegals. He’ll be circumventing Congress by acting alone. (Nothing new.)

 

For those of you who are curious, amnesty is a big government scheme. You might be thinking, “What?” “Isn’t that xenophobic?” Quite the contrary. We have laws in this country, and propping people up according to racial lines and buying their votes with the promise of citizenship (and welfare) is a cheap political move. Also, amnesty will hurt small business owners the most. (Look at you, Chamber of Commerce.) Politicians in both parties and their crony capitalist friends have no shame.

Our politicians continue to claim that our immigration system is broken–that our immigration process is inhumane. The only things that are broken about immigration are illegal immigration and bureaucratic bloat that makes it difficult for people to immigrate to the U.S. legally. My parents and other relatives came to this country legally almost 29 years ago after facing political prosecution in the USSR. They came as political refugees and worked diligently to get their citizenship. They learned English, assimilated to the American way of life, became productive members of society, and still retained their heritage/culture! Imagine that? If they did it, so can anyone else. Their quest for citizenship, like that of millions before them and many after them, is the type of immigration we have historically celebrated and should continue to celebrate.

Anytime big government policies are attached to anything, it will lead to chaos, more spending, and greater uncertainly. Amnesty is no exception. ‪#‎StopAmnesty‬

Originally posted on Facebook.

New Townhall Column: ‘Gang of Eight’ Amnesty Plan Undermines Immigration

th amnestyToday I have a new column out in Townhall.com discussing my thoughts on the “Gang of Eight’s” so-called immigration reform bill.

Here is an excerpt:

“America is a nation of immigrants, built by immigrants and we need to honor that heritage by fixing our broken immigration system, while upholding the rule of law and championing legal immigration,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in a statement last week when offering an amendment to the Schumer-Rubio immigration bill.

Cruz, the son of a legal Cuban immigrant, is absolutely correct.

Immigration is the foundation of this great nation. Millions of immigrants from all over the world have flocked here to better their lives. Anyone who comes here and becomes American can make it if they work hard and realize their full potential. That is why legal immigration must be encouraged.

Sadly, lawmakers are more interested in trading our sovereignty for votes and political favors a la amnesty.

Continue reading at Townhall.com

Legal Immigrants More Dangerous Than Illegal Immigrants? Californians for Population Stabilization Says Yes (Headdesk is in Order)

While watching MSNBC last night, I saw this startling ad from California for Population Stabilization.

The ad reveals that legal immigrants are taking jobs away from Californians…

Illegal immigrants, not legal immigrants, are problematic in this state.

The same people who want amnesty and pardons via the DREAM Act are now calling for the elimination of legal immigrant workers. Pathetic and sick.

As the daughter of LEGAL immigrants to this country, I can say that encouraging more legal immigration, enforcing laws, eliminating dependency/handouts for illegals and their children, plus a whole host of other options, will fix the current problem.

Don’t be duped by Democrats and La Raza.

California DREAM Act Proves Nightmarish for Residents

Cross-posted from Truth About Bills

Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed part one of California’s DREAM Act into law.

This particular bill, which gives funding to illegal immigrant students, is blatant amnesty. This particular legislation comprises two parts—AB 130 and AB 131. The author of both bills is Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles).

AB 130 grants private scholarships to illegal immigrant students who qualify under this provision. Brown signed the bill into law on July 25, 2011:

This bill would provide that, on and after January 1, 2012, a student attending the California State University, the California Community Colleges, or the University of California who is exempt from paying nonresident tuition under the provision described above would be eligible to receive a scholarship derived from nonstate funds received, for the purpose of scholarships, by the segment at which he or she is a student.

Part two (AB 131) grants public funds to qualifying illegal immigrant students. This provision was passed in the State Senate Appropriations Committee on August 26th, 2011. The legislature has until September 9 to pass it, and Governor Brown has until September 30 to sign the bill into law:

This bill would exempt a student who has attended, for 3 or more years, at least one of which shall have been in a high school, and graduated from, secondary school in California from paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges and the California State University.

Interestingly enough, Governor Brown might veto AB131.

Gov. Brown seems to have made his broader philosophical decision on the question of providing support for students who are in the country illegally,” Schnur said. “Now he’s got to decide whether he can afford it. It’s a much more difficult decision than the first one.

Nevertheless, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia) believes that this bill will further cripple California’s economy.

“AB 131, the second part of the California `DREAM Act,’ is a nightmare for citizens,” Donnelly said. “Students are already struggling to pay increased tuition and many cannot even get into the classes they need, but the Legislature continues to pretend we can afford this entitlement. The simple truth is, everyone including the governor knows we can’t.”

California faces a budget shortfall of 26 billion dollars.  Universities across the Golden State are already facing massive budget cuts.  Rest assured, the California DREAM Act will be a nightmare for taxpayers.

*UPDATE: California State Senate passed its own version of AB 131.