Following was written by Tom O'Malley, a
US citizen who was a Director with S.W. BELL in Mexico
"I spent five years working in Mexico. I worked
under a tourist Visa for three months and could legally
renew it for three more months. After that you were working
illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting
on the FM3 approval.
"During that six months our Mexican and
U.S. attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa
called a 'FM3'. It was in addition to my U.S.
passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the
country. Barbara's was the same, except
hers did not permit her to work.
"To apply for the FM3, I needed to submit the following
notarized originals (not copies):
1. Birth certificate for Barbara and me.
2. Marriage certificate.
3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation.
4. College transcripts for every college I attended and
proof of graduation.
5. Two letters of recommendation from
supervisors I had worked for at least one
6. A letter from the St. Louis Chief of Police indicating
that I had no arrest record in the U.S. and no outstanding
warrants and, was "a citizen in good standing".
7.Finally, I had to write a letter about myself that clearly
stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and
why my skills were important to
We called it our 'I am the greatest person on Earth'
letter. It was fun to write.
"All of the above were in English that had to be
translated into Spanish and be certified as legal
translations, and our signatures notarized. It produced a
folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side
& Spanish on the right."
"Once they were completed, Barbara and I spent about
five hours, accompanied by a Mexican attorney, touring
Mexican government office locations and being photographed
and fingerprinted at least three times at each location, and
we remember at least four locations
where we were instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing,
and criminal law and that we were required to obey their
laws or face the consequences.
We could not protest any of the government's actions or
we would be committing a felony. We paid out four thousand
dollars in fees and bribes to complete the process. When
done we could legally bring in our household
goods that were held by U.S. Customs in Laredo, Texas.
This meant we had rented furniture in Mexico while
awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here
that the company paid."
"We could not buy a home and were required to rent at
very high rates and under contract and compliance with
"We were required to get a Mexican driver's
license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged
for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters
location with their photography and fingerprint equipment
and the laminating machine. We showed our U.S.
license, were photographed and fingerprinted again and
issued the license instantly after paying out a
six dollar fee. We did not take a written or
driving test and never received instructions on the rules of
the road. Our only instruction was to never give a policeman
your license, if stopped and asked. We were instructed to
hold it against the
inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on
it you, would have to pay ransom to get it back."
"We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax
annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number.
The company's Mexican accountants did this for us
and we just signed what they prepared. It was about twenty
legal size pages annually."
"The FM3 was good for three years and renewable for two
more after paying more fees."
"Leaving the country meant turning in the FM3 and
certifying we were leaving no debts behind and
no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or
liens) before our household goods were released to
"It was a real adventure and if any of our Senators or
Congressmen went through it once, they would have a
different attitude toward Mexico."
"The Mexican government uses its vast military and
police forces to keep its citizens intimidated
and compliant. They never protest at their capitol or
government offices, but do protest daily in front of the
United States Embassy. The U.S. Embassy looks like
a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the
Mexican military surrounds the block with their men standing
shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect the
Embassy. These protests are never shown on U.S. or Mexican
TV. There is a large public
park across the street where they do their protesting. Any
issue might precipitate a protest, such as proposed law
changes in California or Texas which affect Mexican
nationals living there."
Please feel free to share this with everyone who thinks we
are being hard on the illegals.
May God be with Y'all
Asunto: Fw: : The Sermon... NEHEMIAH in the OLD TESTAMENT compared with TRUMP
A MUST READ.....very interesting comparison.....TRUMP'S SERMON.
Before attending the inauguration ceremony, President Trump attended a private religious service at St. John's Episcopal Church, across the street from the White House, as part of a modern Inauguration Day ritual.
The service was led by the Rev. Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist who campaigned hard for Trump during the closing months of the election.
Here is an exclusive transcript of Jeffress™ sermon, which drew on the story of Nehemiah, a historical figure described in the Old Testament for rebuilding Jerusalem .
President-elect and Mrs. Trump, Vice-President-elect and Mrs. Pence, families and friends, it's an honor to be with you on this historic day.
President-elect Trump, I remember that it was exactly one year ago this weekend that I was with you on your Citation jet flying around Iowa before the first caucus or primary vote was cast. After our Wendy's cheeseburgers, I said that I believed that you would be the next President of the United States . And if that happened, it would be because God had placed you there.
As the prophet Daniel said, it is God who removes and establishes leaders.
Today, , God has raised you and Vice-President-elect Pence up for a great, eternal purpose.
When I think of you, President-elect Trump, I am reminded of another great leader God chose thousands of years ago in Israel . The nation had been in bondage for decades, the infrastructure of the country was in shambles, and God raised up a powerful leader to restore the nation. And the man God chose was neither a politician nor a priest. Instead, God chose a builder whose name was Nehemiah.
And the first step of rebuilding the nation was the building of a great wall. God instructed Nehemiah to build a wall around Jerusalem to protect its citizens from enemy attack. You see, God is NOT against building walls!And the Old Testament book of Nehemiah records how Nehemiah completed that massive project in record time, just 52 days.
Why was Nehemiah so successful in building the wall and rebuilding the nation?
I. Nehemiah Refused To Allow His Critics To Distract Him
Someone has said there are three guaranteed ways to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
Any true leader is going to face criticism.President-elect Trump, you have had your share of critics from the day you announced you were running for President, but you've confounded them at every turn. First, they said you couldn't win the nomination, but you ended up garnering the most votes of any Republican in history. Then they said that was a fluke, but you couldn't win the election. And you handily defeated your opponent. And now your critics say you can't possibly succeed in your agenda.
Nehemiah had his own share of critics. Two of his chief antagonists were named Sanballat and Tobiah. They were the mainstream media of their day. They continued to hound and heckle Nehemiah and spread false rumors while he and the Israelites were building the wall.
At one point, they said, Nehemiah, you need to stop the project and come down from the wall and have a meeting with us.
Nehemiah's response was classic: "I'm doing a great work . . . why should I stop the work and come down to you?" (Nehemiah 6:3)
President-elect Trump, you, Vice President-elect Pence, and your team have been called by God and elected by the people to do a great work. It is a work far too important to stop and answer your critics.Il. Nehemiah Refused To Allow Setbacks To Stop Him
As you read through Nehemiah's journal, you'll find that he faced tremendous obstacles as he attempted to rebuild the nation: an economic recession, terrorist attacks from enemies, and discouragement among the citizens.
But none of those setbacks was enough to stop Nehemiah.
Some years ago two sports commentators on television were discussing the late Hall of Famer Walter Peyton, the running back for the Chicago Bears. One commentator said, "Can you believe that during his career Peyton has run more than nine miles with a football?"
The other commentator replied, "What's even more amazing is that every 3.8 yards of those nine miles Peyton got knocked down by a guy twice his size! But he got back up every time and kept moving forward in spite of those bruising hits and hard knocks."
President Trump, you, your team and your families are going to face some bruising setbacks. But remember . .
The true measure of a leader is what it takes to stop him. And knowing you, I believe it's going to take a lot to stop you.
III. Nehemiah Sought God's Help To Empower Him
Nehemiah was a gifted leader, but he knew he could not succeed without God's divine help. And that is why as he began the great work, Nehemiah knelt before God and prayed:
"O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant who delights in revering your name. Give your servant success today . . " (Nehemiah )
Mr. President-elect, I don't believe we have ever had a president with as many natural gifts as you. As you know, the reason I endorsed you within weeks of your announcement that you were running was because I believed that you were the only candidate who possessed the leadership skills necessary to reverse the downward trajectory of our nation.
And beginning with Vice President-elect Pence, a great and godly man you've assembled an unbelievably talented group of advisers around you.
But the challenges facing our nation are so great that it will take more than natural ability to meet them. We need God's supernatural power.
The good news is that the same God who empowered Nehemiah nearly 2500 years ago is available to every one of us today who is willing to humble himself and ask for His help.
God says in Psalm 50:15 "Call upon Me in the day of trouble I shall rescue you and you will honor Me."
When President Ronald Reagan addressed the Republican National Convention in my city of Dallas in 1984 he said, " America needs God more than God needs America . If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
President-elect Trump, you had a campaign slogan that resonated with tens of millions of Americans because it spoke to their heartfelt desire: "Make America Great Again."
Psalm 33:12 gives us the starting point for making that happen: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."
May God bless President-elect Trump, Vice-President-elect Pence, their families and advisers. And may God truly bless the United States of America .
Subject: Fwd: The Magic Green Hat... AN OLDIE BUT TIMELY NOW!
This is horrible
BeginSubject: Fwd: FW: The Magic Green Hat... AN OLDIE BUT TIMELY NOW!
Visiting in South Western USA, I needed to go to the emergency room. Not wanting to sit there for 4 hours,I put on my MAGIC GREEN HAT.When I went into the E.R., I noticed that 3/4 of the people got up and left. I guess they decided that they weren't that sick after all.It cut at least 3 hours off my waiting time.Here's the hat:
It also works at Dept. of Motor Vehicles. It saved me 5 hours.At the Laundromat, three minutes after entering, I had my choice of any machine, most still running.It might also cut your wait time at the grocery store.But...don't try it at McDonald's…
The whole crew ran out the back door and I never did get my order!