Meet Rey Galleon. He is the first Filipino, of what could be hundreds of thousands, to be deported under the Trump administration.
After seven years of living in the US as an undocumented immigrant, Rey Galleon's life in the country came to an abrupt end on March 17.
The former crewman was the first known undocumented Filipino in Southern California arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since President Donald Trump took office.
From his home, ICE took him to the Homeland Security Office in Long Beach with an ultimatum.
“Pinapili nila ako kung uuwi ba ako or gusto ma detain,” he said.
He was then escorted to Los Angeles International Airport and by 10 p.m. he was on a Philippine-bound plane on a ticket that he paid for himself.
With nowhere to go, Galleon's wife and children followed him home to Zamboanga about a week later.
Although it's not very clear (this article says he "jumped ship") it seems as if Rey Galleon was a crew member of the US Navy who went AWOL as soon as he landed in San Diego. Never mind the fact that being a part of the Filipino Mafia could eventually lead to obtaining real citizenship.
With no, or little, thought of the consequences he ran off into the promised land. No more poor Philippines. Now he is in the rich land of milk and honey and damn anyone who would try and say he has no right to be there. In the process he managed to illegally sneak in his wife.
Actually this story doesn't make any sense. He entered the USA illegally seven years ago. His wife is also illegal. But they have two children who are US citizens (birthright citizenship no doubt). One of those children is nine. So did the wife precede him by two years and overstay her visa? Was she pregnant with his child when she came? Did they plan for two years some way to sneak him into the USA? It's a tangled web that's not really worth unravelling since all that matters is that they are both back in the Philippines.
But reality set in and he was forced to become a TNT (Tago Ng Tago) and remain in hiding. Only he didn't hide so well and ICE eventually caught up with him and gave him the option of self-deportation or being detained.
Now that he is back in his homeland he is whining and moaning that his rights were violated and he is planning on giving speeches to let other illegal Filipinos in the USA know their "rights."
A Filipino who was recently deported from the United States hopes that his story will make undocumented immigrants more aware about their legal options to fight deportation.
Men like Rey Galleon do not deserve to live in the USA. He was given a chance at being legitimate when he enlisted in the US Navy and he flubbed it up big time. The Navy took a chance enlisting this foreigner and if he had made it through his contract the reward would have been a pathway to citizenship. He disgraced himself and gave a big middle finger to the USA by going AWOL as soon as he made port. His actions show that he is not worthy to be a United States citizen especially when so many sacrifice so much to do it the right way. It's good he is back in the Philippines. It's where he belongs.
Of course if he did enlist in the Navy it's likely that the Military Police would be involved and Rey would be confined in the brig awaiting court martial. Perhaps he was just a crewman on a cargo ship. As stated previously, none of the news articles are clear on this matter and the details of his story don't add up. Either way the essence of this analysis of his character and behaviour still stands.
Why should anyone have sympathy for the lawful deportation of the illegal alien Rey Galleon? Would Filipinos have sympathy for an alien who overstayed a visa or declined to file the proper paperwork and pay the fees or simply decided to not follow any of the immigration laws of the country? The Philippines Bureau of Immigration certainly would have none.