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1poorMIL has been here almost 6 years. Not very long. She was born before WWII, remembers running and hiding from the Japanese, remembers American soldiers being "very kind" to her, etc.

If her family was there I think I would understand better. I accept it, but I don't really understand it. I'm not attached to a flag, or a notion of "nation" as "home". I do regard myself as American no matter where I go, but my desire to return is not because I was born and raised here. It's because I'm free here. As long as this country protects that, I am willing to work for (and fight for) this country. If it ever stops, I will see if I can find a new home.

For her, there's only a few distant relatives left in the Philippines. Her immediate family is either dead or not there (one daughter here, with granddaughter, and the other daughter in Dubai). Family is hugely important to her (and most Filipinos). She can get medical here, we can afford a few amenities in our lives (decent home, a bit of travel, etc). Food, clothes, all the essentials are covered.

I'm hoping I can find the article mentioned up-thread. I would want to read it and share with 1poorlady. We don't want to become her jailers, but at the same time is it responsible to just let her go when she is, for lack of a better word, helpless?

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