I'm still around, in Marco Island chillin out. I will give yall a little heads up on my immigration issue.
I was born in my grandparents home Benjamin & Lillian DeSilva in Southampton
, Bermuda in 1957. My mother at that time was/maybe married to my brother's father, an american sailor stationed in Bermuda. My brother was born in 1954. My brother's father left Bermuda in early 1955, and I came along in 1957. My mother gave me my brother's father last name. My mother remarried in 1960 to another american sailor stationed in Bermuda, who then brought me, my brother, and my newborn sister to the states, with his new bride. So here I have lived all my life.
A few years ago, things changed and I was in need of a passport to travel. Before it was easy, just used my drivers license
and voter registration
card to travel on. So I had applied for a US Passport, and was rejected. It appears there is a paragraph in the State Department paperwork on me that basically reads, my mother had no physical contact with the man named as my father on my bermuda birth certificate for 2 years prior to my birth. The man who married my mother in 1960, never legally adopted me or my brother. So, there is the rub. I cannot establish who my biological is/was nor can establish if he was an american citizen. So, by the report I received back from the passport office, I cannot claim american citizenship by father's citizenship.
At that time, I was applying for my US Passport, as I was to travel to southeast asia
, which I needed a valid passport for a visa. So since I could not get a US Passport, I just applied and received my UK Passport from the Consulate in DC, since I was born on UK soil (Bermuda), and my mother was born on UK soil (Bermuda) which automatically makes me Bermudian till death do I part. So after that trip to southeast asia
, I just used my Bermudian passport to travel.
On a trip back from China
, I was entering Chicago Ohare immigration, with my Bermudian passport, and was escorted to a holding area. Sucky things about Homeland Security
these days. Basically they were going to deny me entry, since they have me on file as entering and not leaving for 3 years, prior to this trip. I pretty much gave my whole life history
to the guys, with dates and names etc. and they let me go. Seems they have records going back to forever on their computers
, and backed up my story. My mother, has never completed the citizenship process, and is still a green card holder since 1961. Of the 6 children
born, I am the only one with this unique problem. Does that make me special?
So, since then I was just busy with life, and never bothered going through the hassle of gettin my US citizenship established, as I would have to go through the whole immigration process, which is both expensive and time consuming, especially considering they are presently working on 2002 citizenship applications. I know this because my sister-in-law has been waiting 11 years for her green card to be processed, as she waits in Vietnam
. My wife, a US Citizen, is her sponsor
, and it takes anywhere from 10 to 15 years just to legally immigrate. Yes, my wife could sponsor
me as well, and it may come down to that, but for now things are what they presently are. I am here, and am an illegal immigrant....I will split the reward if anyone wants to turn me in to homeland security!
So, I was at a point in my life, where I had the means to aquire a sailboat, and the time to take a couple years and get this bucket list of sailing done. Heading to Bermuda was a destination
I needed to have and it seemed like a good a place as any. Of course, I could just renew my Bermudian passport through the mail, or even take a motorcycle trip to washington DC
to the British Consulate there and re-new my Bermuda passport, but I had the desire to sail a boat. So here I am, and now ya know "the rest of the story".