Friday, December 07, 2007

409 Days Left...

We've had a bit of a "fellow crunch" over the past week...one of my co-fellows had to go be with his family in Lebanon for an emergency, and now he is having problems getting back into the country because of visa issues! Obviously this is causing him considerable stress (his wife and young child remain in Boston), and from my own standpoint I admit it's a considerable hassle. It means that instead of dividing up our workload into 4 fellows, it's divided up into 3 fellows. Makes a big difference. In any case, this situation is illustrative of a major flaw in our nation's immigration policies. My friend/co-fellow is a physician, a productive member of society with a family living in the U.S. for several years, whose presence is sorely missed at work and at home, and now he is being prevented from coming back into the country? All while thousands of often jobless immigrants arrive in our country via unregulated borders and little regulation? Does this seem like a good policy? It's lacking in common sense, but then again that could describe a lot of policies of our current administration. Only 409 Days left...


8 Comments:

Blogger Eric said...

I'm not one to vote for change for the sake of voting for change, but it occurred to me that at age 30, there has not been an election in my life-time that hasn't had a Bush or a Clinton on the ticket. Furthermore, if you are under the age of 48, you've never had the opportunity to vote in an election that didn't include a Bush or a Clinton on the ticket. There's about a 70% chance of that continuing for at least 4 years, if not 8, bringing the age to 56...

That's why I'm voting for Kucinich. Just kidding, nobody will vote for Kucinich.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

We have encountered the VISA issue in the past with our employees from western Africa. The best way for you to help him out is to contact the staff of your House Representative. As with any lobbying, make like you want to talk to the staff, not the congress person. That makes them feel good about their job, and they will work harder on your behalf. You've got a compelling enough story that should have an easy resolution with a few phone calls from the right people to the right people.
It has worked in the past for us!

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Blogger nathanhellman said...

Good advice, Eric. I am told that we have indeed already contacted Senator Kennedy's office, and have also enlisted the aid of an immigration lawyer. Hopefully this will work.

Hope Mason is doing well these days...

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