The Ones Who Flee

Recently the BBC has excelled in two areas:

1) Anti-Trump commentary.

2) Unintentionally amusing articles on expatriates.

You can therefore imagine my delight to find they have outdone themselves and combined their two favourite topics in one article!  Let’s take a look:

When people first started talking about Donald Trump running for president, Sarah thought it was a joke and not something she had to take seriously.

Sarah, half the country, and the entire mainstream media.

But then on November 8, 2016, she says the “unthinkable” happened; Trump won the election.

Unthinkable to whom? A certain refrain from The Little Red Hen comes to mind here.

Sarah, who asked that we only use her first name out of concern for her safety, immediately called her husband, who was out of the country on business, and told him, “That’s it. I want to go, and I’m not kidding.” His response, she says: “I know. We can go.”

I am often told some things are best said face-to-face and not over the phone. Clearly in some households demands to emigrate are not one of them.

So, next month, Sarah, 43, her husband, 45, and their two school-aged daughters will uproot themselves from the small Midwest town where they have lived for the past three-and-a-half years, and leave the US for a country thousands of miles away. They have no plans to come back.

Three-and-a-half years? This doesn’t sound like a family for whom moving is something unusual.

Her husband is not from the US, does not have status as a resident and works overseas a lot. While their children are dual citizens of both the US and his home country, Sarah is a US citizen with permanent resident status in both.  Her husband has relied on temporary visas when he’s in the states with his wife and daughters.

Could the BBC not have found an example of a family fleeing the Trump Terror who were at least all US residents? This family is clearly internationally mobile and having arrived just a few years ago didn’t seem all that committed to staying in the US in any case. Little wonder hubby didn’t object to moving when the phone call came.

“It’s kind of a gamble of whether he’s going to rub someone the wrong way and not get in,” she says.

Who the hell have you married?!

She considers her family lucky since they have the means and opportunity to leave.

Meaning, they weren’t particularly committed to living there anyway.

But she worries about the message she is sending to her daughters…

If things don’t go your way, pack up and run away?

…and she’s concerned about the people she is leaving behind.

Here’s my prediction: they’ll be absolutely fine.

“What kind of example am I giving my kids just getting up and going when there are so many people here who can’t do that? Who is going to stay here to protect them and fight for them?”

You’re not refugees fleeing a war zone, love.

Sarah says she is sad to leave her friends but that they have been supportive. Many have said they would also leave if they could.

What’s stopping them?

But, not everyone understands her decision, especially her father who voted for Trump.

“The ones who don’t get it are like ‘Good riddance,’,” she says. “And that’s exactly why we are going, because I don’t want to raise two girls when I don’t feel safe, and I’m putting their safety at risk.”

Don’t tell me this whole thing is over a spat with her father!

Most of the questions [Montreal-based Canadian immigration lawyer Marisa Feil ] says she receives are related to whether it generally requires an offer of employment to be able to immigrate to Canada or get a temporary work permit. “Most Americans are shocked to find out that they cannot just move based on their education and/or work experience,” she says. “Canada has moved to a system where most individuals immigrating have some connection to Canada either in the form of a job offer from a Canadian employer or having a family member in Canada that could help them find a job.”

People who want to move to Canada in protest at Trump’s immigration polices are surprised that the same policies apply in Canada. Weren’t the uneducated hicks ignorant of international affairs all supposed to be Trump supporters?

For Galina, a New Yorker living in Australia and working in property management, Trump’s win has meant a long delay for any plans she had to return to the US.

“Now I am really not [going to] come back until I am sure that there is going to be an America left,” she says. Galina was an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter who asked that we only use her first name due to the sensitive nature of her decision.

She was worried people would find out she was a Bernie Sanders supporter and think her an idiot?

“Currently I don’t believe that Trump is going to be a good president, much less a safe president. I’m worried that he’s going to run the country into the ground, piss off the wrong people and start a proper world war or a terrorist attack. He also gives America a bad name.”

Trump will “start a terrorist attack”? A “proper world war”? I can see why she feels at home in Australia.

She says Australia’s government subsidised healthcare, the lack of guns, free education, and higher pay rate are other reasons she is choosing to stay.

Nothing to do with Trump then. What are the odds she had no plans whatsoever to go back regardless of who won in November?

For Sarah, the move is not what she had envisioned for herself or her family. She says she is “totally heartbroken” and had always thought she would raise her two daughters in the US.

She’s heartbroken at making a move that is entirely unnecessary.  This woman is mentally ill.

“But I need to protect them,” she says. “I cannot in sound mind stay here when I have the option of going.”

I think your issues with soundness of mind are going to follow you wherever you go, sweetheart.

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17 thoughts on “The Ones Who Flee

  1. A family, in fact a mother on her own given the extended frequent abscences of hubby, with two school-age children can wind down their affairs in the US, arrange removals and accomodation, schools, healthcare, etc in a destination ‘thousands of miles way’ all within about a month?

    I do not believe that.

    It sounds to me that they were moving anyway and it had nothing to do with Donald Trump.

  2. It sounds to me that they were moving anyway and it had nothing to do with Donald Trump.

    Yes.

  3. I am sure Al-beeb could find an all-American family who are fleeing the horrors of the Trumpenfuture. After all, they have contacts in Hollywood and hundreds (well, a couple of dozen of the well-oiled) said they would flee if Trump won. As slebs love publicity I am sure they would be happy to tell how terrible life has become since January 20th.

    Oh wait… What, they’re not suitable? You mean they haven’t fled after all?

    I am shocked. Shocked I tell you.

  4. @johnb yes it is doable. Some of the big corps have departments that will do this for their bigwigs. At least one I have heard will buy your house off you in the old place and find you another one in the new place. It sounds like hubby is doing something spectacularly high powered.

    But it’s still doable with minimal support.

  5. My sister in law used to work for a US multinational based in Minnesota, but when the current recession (There has been no real recovery, at least to my view, since 2008) began, she lost her job in 2012 and moved north to Canada, where she has citizenship.

    She, like ‘Sarah’ is very anti-Trump, but has this massive blind spot about the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations that created the economic mess the US is currently in. The mess that caused her employers ‘downsizing’ and her subsequent loss of employment in the first place.

    As for moving within a month, it can be done, but it’s bloody hard work without outside help.

  6. All the harping on about ‘safety’ is weird, doubly so when the description seems to indicate the husband is throwing the dice every time he walks through US immigration.

    It really does feel like the left have descended into hysteria.

  7. It sounds like hubby is doing something spectacularly high powered.

    Then why is he flitting in and out of the US on temporary visas and in danger of not being allowed in? I think it’s telling they didn’t say what country he is from.

  8. As for moving within a month, it can be done, but it’s bloody hard work without outside help.

    It is, but in almost every case I have seen they wait until the school year is finished. Everywhere I have worked the change in assignments take place in August for this reason; when somebody has to move mid-year, they normally go on single status and leave the family behind until the end of the school year. I’ve never heard of anyone hoiking their kids out of school on a whim such as this one.

  9. The horrifying moment when you realized that you have failed your family and left your run to safety far too late, captured here.

    Oh Jeez, the siege of Sarajevo. Went from a first-world city to something from an apocalypse movie within the space of a week.

  10. Tim,
    “Then why is he flitting in and out of the US on temporary visas and in danger of not being allowed in? I think it’s telling they didn’t say what country he is from.”

    Yes, thought that too. If he was from Denmark I doubt they would have hesitated mentioning it….

  11. If he was from Denmark I doubt they would have hesitated mentioning it….

    Absolutely. Or Britain. As I’ve pointed out before, what they don’t tell us is as illuminating as what they do.

  12. “Oh Jeez, the siege of Sarajevo. Went from a first-world city to something from an apocalypse movie within the space of a week”

    There are unconfirmed reports coming in that the Trumpista Black Shirts are targeting and stopping Leftist cars in Boise, Idaho. There is some suggestion that they pistol whipped a young pregnant Leftist women and left her stranded on the roadside as well.

  13. It’s theatre for narcissist lunatics. People fleeing genuine dictatorships don’t tell their stories to world wide media.

    As for not giving the full name because of her safety, for fucks sake. Fake news squared.

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