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Other Tom

Chilling reminders of the Clinton Oppression. TM, I hope you were able to communicate those items to the hysterical Messrs. Sullivan and Yglesias.

Uncle Pinky

Whole lot of this temporal rift stuff going on lately. Or is it lately?

Maybe he's got that new tachyon keyboard, 'cause it couldn't be laziness, stupidity or dishonesty. Not from a respected fellow like Matt.

Topsecretk9

Clinton hates brown people?

I have no doubt that once a Democrat reclaims the White House Mr. Yglesias will remember that sometimes bad things happen even if Bush is not to blame.

I'm sure both Sullivan and Yglesias will pretzel twist their logic and find all kinds of Clinton defenses and justifications.

Uncle Pinky

Aaaarrrgh! Mistook your cites for Matt's article and didn't click through the tabbed link. First self-beclowning of the day, probably not the last. Please disregard the above.

SteveMG

Of all of the silliness undertaken by bloggers, this type of abuse of anecdotes to try and prove some larger point is at the top of my complaint list.

Nothing more than intellectually lazy amateur sociology. Those who practice it are frankly pathetic.

And it's done by folks on both side of the aisle.

Walter

In completely unrelated news, Germany(!) and Poland(!!) have agreed to dismantle their border posts.

Not that the Germans were good about always stopping and waiting for visa approval, but still ...

I'm certain that we can expect to see education quality decline, crime rise (the story quotes German police union officials to that effect), and wages fall. Maybe even in both countries. Better them than us.

JustADude

TO: All Employees
DATE: 4th November
RE: Christmas Party

I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will
take place December 23rd, starting at noon in the private function room
at the Grill House. There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks!
We'll have a small band playing traditional carols...please feel free to
sing along.
And don't be surprised if the Managing Director shows up
dressed as Santa Claus! A Christmas tree will be lit at 1.00 p.m.
Exchange of gifts among employees can be done at that time;
however, no gift should be over $10.00 to make the giving of gifts easy
for everyone's pockets.
This gathering is only for employees! The Managing Director
will make a special announcement at the Party.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Pauline


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: 5th November

RE: Holiday Party

In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish
employees. We recognize that Chanukah is an important holiday, which
often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year.
However, from now on
we're calling it our 'Holiday Party.' The same policy applies
to any other employees who are not Christians. There will be no
Christmas tree or Christmas carols sung. We will have other types of
music for your enjoyment.

Happy now?

Happy Holidays to you and your family,

Pauline.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
FROM; Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: 6th November

RE: Holiday Party

Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics
Anonymous requesting a non-drinking table...you didn't sign your name.
I'm happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table
that reads, "AA Only," you wouldn't be anonymous anymore!!!! How am I
supposed to handle this? Somebody?
Forget about the gift exchange, no gift exchange allowed now
since the Union Officials feel that $10.00 is too much money and
Management believe $10.00 is a little cheap.

NO GIFT EXCHANGE WILL BE ALLOWED.

Pauline.


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FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: 7th November

RE: Holiday Party

What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20th
begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and
drinking during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can
appreciate how a luncheon at this time of year does not accommodate our
Muslim employees' beliefs, perhaps the Grill House can hold off on
serving your meal until the end of the party - or else package
everything up for you to take home in a little foil doggy bag. Will that
work?
Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit
farthest from the dessert buffet and pregnant women will get the table
closest to the toilets, Gays are allowed to sit with each other,
Lesbians do not have to sit with gay men, each will have their own
table.
Yes, there will be flower arrangements for the gay men's
table, too.
To the person asking permission to cross dress - no cross
dressing allowed.
And no, no blow-up sheep.
We will have booster seats for short people. Low fat food will
be available for those on a diet. We cannot control the salt used in the
food. We suggest those people with high blood pressure taste the food
first. There will be fresh fruits as dessert for diabetics, the
restaurant cannot supply "No Sugar" desserts. Sorry!

Did I miss anything?!?!?!?!?!

Pauline.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All F****** Employees
DATE: 8 November

RE: The ******** Holiday Party.

Vegetarian pricks I've had it with you people!!! We're going
to keep this party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you
can sit quietly at the table furthest from the "grill of death", as you
so quaintly put it.
You'll get your f****** salad bar, including organic tomatoes,
but you know tomatoes have feeling, too. They scream when you slice
them. I've heard them scream. I'm hearing them scream right NOW!!

Hope you all have a rotten holiday * drink, drive, and die!

The Bitch from HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

FROM: John Bishop - Acting Human Resources Director
DATE: 9th November
RE: Pauline Lewis and Holiday Party

I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Pauline Lewis a
speedy recovery, and I'll continue to forward your cards to her.

In the meantime, Management has decided to cancel our Holiday
Party and instead, give everyone the afternoon of the 23rd December off
with full pay.

MayBee

The US does not put people through immigration on the way out of the country, so the only way they would have known she overstayed a Visa by 3 days is if they somehow had her travel records available to them, which they wouldn't.
Furthermore, I wonder how long an Icelandic passport is valid. In the US, you would no longer have a 1995 Visa in your passport, because passports are only good for 10 years.

Citizens of Iceland may enter the US for up to 90 days without a visa.

In short, I don't believe her.

MayBee

The US does not put people through immigration on the way out of the country, so the only way they would have known she overstayed a Visa by 3 days is if they somehow had her travel records available to them, which they wouldn't.
Furthermore, I wonder how long an Icelandic passport is valid. In the US, you would no longer have a 1995 Visa in your passport, because passports are only good for 10 years.

Citizens of Iceland may enter the US for up to 90 days without a visa.

In short, I don't believe her.

PMII

I don't buy any of this & in addition, I just don't give a #$%#.

Has anyone heard of BS Bingo?

PMII

But I do wish Pauline well.

MayBee

I should say, I don't find it impossible that she was treated as she says. I just don't believe the reason is that she overstayed a 1995 visa by 3 weeks. I don't know if that is her lie or the INS's lie, but she would know that she overstayed her Visa previously. They wouldn't, unless she'd gotten into trouble during her overstay.

Walter

MayBee,

Did you notice that the site on which her account is posted is a Truther site?

Inspires confidence, that does.

Peter England

JustADude

Nice one!

Aaron

Immigration officials the world over are usually *ssholes.

I had to wait 4 hours while a Taiwanese co-worker was questioned by the INS. Oh wait, actually, they red-flagged him, then he waited 4 hours in three different offices for one woman to ask him a 30 second question and he was released.

This is of course on top of the time he spent getting the visa from the US government. Hey, USG, if you had questions about him, why wait till the plane arrives? ASK WHEN YOU HAVE THE FACE TO FACE INTERVIEW FOR THE VISA.

My attempts to assist were not met kindly.

MayBee

Walter- I had not noticed. Heh. I have confidence galore.

SteveJ

@MayBee

Visitors to the US (either with visas or visa waivers) fill out two-part landing cards. One half is kept by the INS, the other stapled to the passport and surrendered on leaving the US. So, in short, the INS will know if you have overstayed - it is just a question of seeing which landing cards were surrendered after the 90 day period.

You don't need to put people through human-staffed immigration on their way out to check for overstayers. Why bother? You can do it in an office any time after they leave.

TLB

Of course, sometimes cases like these are highlighted by ImmigrationLawyers and the ProIllegalImmigration press as way of weakening our resolve to do any sort of ImmigrationEnforcement.

"young, blonde Icelandic woman" ====> "let's just have lax enforcement everywhere and let the cheap labor keep on flowing".

But, don't worry about being useful idiots or anything, it might make your head hurt.

Pat Curley

Why does "young, blonde, Icelandic" matter? Unless Matt is one of those few liberals who accept profiling? She overstayed her visa by three weeks, not three days. And yes, it's a thorough nutbar site; Laura Knight-Jadczyk posts there. Google her sometime if you want a laugh.

Pat Curley

Oh, man, it's Jadczyk's own site. This is too freaking funny! Jadczyk runs a doomsday cult called the Cassiopeans based on messages she gets from reptilian space aliens via a Ouija board. Nope, I'm not kidding:

http://cassiopaeacult.com/

Great stuff!

Sheriff

These things probably all happened and I am sure that the agents in charge were under the assumption that they were protecting there countries. What we must all remember is that it is all smoke and mirrors. While they abuse the lady from Iceland at the airport. They allow the clean shaven Arab aboard without scrutiny because it would be profiling. They allow thousands across our borders at night because the rich and powerful Democrats and Republicans need maids and gardeners that wont cry foul when their bosses break federal labor laws. It is time to cry foul our country is being lost piece by piece. Trust me the rich have there kids in private schools and don't give a rats ass if yours have to compete the rest of their lives for the scraps left over after their cheap labor gets its ration.

MayBee

Ah yes, SteveJ, I had not considered arrival/departure cards as I'd never filled one out for the US. Good point, and thanks. I still have a hard time believing that a 12-year old infraction would suddenly show up with no other provocation, but oh well.

On searching for it just now, I see there are stern warnings that entering the US if you've previously overstayed or broken laws may be very difficult. I know that could be true. No country makes that easy or pleasant. I've had several friends that dread crossing the Canadian border due to prior DUI records.

As for why have immigration personnel handle such things rather than airline personnel-- I'm not sad there is another line lacking in US airports. Of course, one more person handling forms is one more chance for error, and time delays are generally not beneficial. It also does not allow immediate discussion with someone who has violated his Visa. Perhaps had she been held by Clinton's INS on the way out of the country at the time of the infraction, she would not have been confronted with Cheney's INS.

Sheriff

Read all about it at

ADVISECENTER.com Your owners manual for life

narciso

There was the other little incident, maybe you heard of it; where a child was kidnapped
out of his loving family's home by a full paramilitary contingent including swat teams
and tear gas and he was held in a secure conpound, until he was transferred like chattel to the waiting arms of Big Brother. Now after a few years of conditioning; like
Winston Smith he "loves Big Brother"

MayBee

I will have you know that I was once turned away from the China border. You used to be able to buy a visa on site, then for a while all the sudden you couldn't. I got there, told them I wanted to go upstairs for the special visa, but they wouldn't let me in the country. Luckilly, I wasn't treated to the leg chain extravaganza, but I did have to take the next train back out.
I do wonder if this Iceland woman would have liked it any more if she had simply been denied entry, held politely, and then sent back to Iceland. I have to say, I would still be quite preturbed with that, even though it would be entirely proper.

CJ

Regarding the Icelandic woman:

There are two things.

1. If she overstayed her visa - ever - she is no longer eligible to use the visa waiver program and had to apply for an actual tourist visa from the US embassy or consulate in her country. What that means, I think, is that she is not "admissible" if she used the visa waiver.

2. Coming in as a tourist, she would have had to fill up an I-94 or I-94W; it's that record that immigration keeps. If she lied any where in that form (e.g. there's a specific question on whether or not she ever overstayed her visa and, presumably, she must have answered no), then she's going to be banned for another 10 years (if I'm remembering the rules correctly).

In any case, the immigration folks were following the rules. They do tend to overdo things (leg chains??) when they could have been "nicer." And people who have never dealt with immigration find it difficult to understand what exactly is going on.

And just for the record, the INS no longer exists. At the border, we have the Border Patrol in charge of immigration admissions. USCIS is in charge of immigration and citizenship issues after you've entered the country. ICE is in charge of enforcing the rules.

Daddy

For what its worth, starting about 1 month ago Japan instituted a new policy; every foreign person arriving has to step up to a machine where a photograph is taken, along with fingerprints of your 2 index fingers, all while the Customs guy is examining your Passport. A very quick, easy and painless process.

davod

The Japanese policy was adopted in response to the US policy.

jimmyk

From the Icelandic lady's account:

I saw the officials in this section handle other cases and it was clear that these were men anxious to demonstrate their power. Small kings with megalomania. I was careful to remain completely cooperative, for I did not yet believe that they planned to deport me because of my "crime".

This rings true to me, and the whole story is disgusting. The border control people are little would-be fascists. Yes, she broke a rule. Don't use that as an opportunity to live out your little power fantasy. Spend those resources trying to find the really dangerous bad guys rather than abusing a lady who wants to come here and shop.

Perfect Sense

Since the USA is a racist nation, why are they picking on this Nordic woman?

/s

kim

How could picking on a blonde possibly be considered racist?
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davod

I agree with Maybee that you used to be held and returned on the next flight. Just maybe there is a little more to the tale than we have heard.

davod

No women on the staff. So they are sexist as well.

davod

A relibaly thought Anbrew Sulivan? Methinks you jest.

Did you check out the site Sullivan links to (I will not link to it here -see above).

Even the comments read like a hit job.

Under the special reports section we have - Evidence that a frozen fish did not impact the Pentagon, Neither did a 757.

Top Secret. Clear evidence that flight 77 hit the Pentagon - A Parody.

Clyde

The nutty people at that Icelandic woman's site seem to think that this is all Bushitler's fault and that all will be sweetness and light if a Democrat is elected president. Only one problem: The power-drunk petty bureaucrats running security at the airports will still be there, no matter who is president. It's the same problem we have with the State Department and the CIA: The president's name and policies may change, but the bureaucrats and their policies will not. They're as eternal as cockroaches.

Mistress Elle

Some people are willing to pay good money for this type of treatment.Has the government gone into competition with commercial dungeons? Happy Holidays

kim

Mistress Elle explains where Santa Claus blows the holiday profits.
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kcom

"For what its worth, starting about 1 month ago Japan instituted a new policy; every foreign person arriving has to step up to a machine where a photograph is taken, along with fingerprints of your 2 index fingers, all while the Customs guy is examining your Passport. A very quick, easy and painless process."

What is their policy on veiled women? Even painless processes sometimes turn out to be non-painless.

Spartee

I am a Michigan born and raised American who has traveled overseas over the years for school, business and fun.

Bar none, American border officials are the worst of any nation I have ever seen. They are rude and nasty, even when there is zero reason for it. I have been threatened with imprisonment in some situations simply for politely asking them to do things like repeat questions.

Mind you, I traveled in some really backwater countries! Imagine that. Ratholes have more polite and professional border personnel than I encountered at the border in Windsor/Detroit.

Zoe Brain

I've had some experiences with US Immigration as a non-US citizen visiting prior to 9/11.

The vast majority where professional, and mainly quite friendly and helpful.

One time though in LA, I had problems with someone who should never have been put in any position of authority. Fortunately, I had a few days before my connecting flight, and after a mere 6 hours, her supervisor intervened, assessed the situation, and let me through.

I can believe the various stories about unreasonable officials, as calm co-operation merely provokes them.

My crime? Having previously entered the country on a multiple entry B1 (business) visa that was still valid, when this time I needed no visa for tourism under the visa waiver program. She'd decided that since my B1 visa was still current, I was forced to use that, despite my protestations to the contrary. As the purpose of my visit was tourism, it was a violation, and so cause for refusal of entry.

Charlie (Colorado)

I've had troubles with US immigration on more than one occasion, usually in Pearson airport in Toronto. One notable time I was asked repeatedly what my destination was (Durham, NC), how long I planned to stay (forever, it's where I lived), what I planned to do there (feed the cats, go to the office, what you normally do in your own home) when I planned to leave again (I didn't know, it was my permanent place of residence), where I was born (Alamosa CO), ... finally I asked to see a supervisor and told her "Look, lady, not only am I a native born US citizen returning home, but I'm a Choctaw Indian. I'm a Native American native American. I'm going home! What's the problem?"

They waved me through.

Sue

I think we should start a fund to help pay for Pauline's recovery.

::grin::

Charlie (Colorado)

A relibaly thought Anbrew Sulivan? Methinks you jest.

Uh, Tom, I think we need to get one of those new sarcasm fonts. Mere tone of voice doesn't apparently do it on the Internet.

MarkD

Pre Bush, pre 9/11, same old stuff. My wife and I went to Canada by car. On the way back, it's the usual where are you born? Rochester, Hiroshima, Syracuse, Syracuse, Syracuse. My wife has her US Passport with her and shows it to Immigration. We know the drill.

No problem? Not quite. Can you prove these are your kids? I bit my tongue before I could blurt out the fact that it was unlikely that we had kidnapped the three happy Amerasian kids in the back of my car. How many two, six and eight year olds do you know with photo ID? Even he realized how stupid this was and waved us through after a stern warning to bring ID next time.

Next time, we brought all our passports. Nobody asked to see them.

Bureaucrats and petty officials will outlast the cockroach on this planet.

kim

'reliably thoughtful' is the phrase juste; he doesn't claim that the thinking is reliable.
===========================

kim

Le duane des Etats Unis is worse than Wolf Creek in Winter.
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Glenn

Sullivan and Yglesias - two poofs in a pod, namely, The Atlantic.

PMII

"Oh, man, it's Jadczyk's own site. This is too freaking funny! Jadczyk runs a doomsday cult called the Cassiopeans based on messages she gets from reptilian space aliens via a Ouija board."

Is this where global warming came from?

MayBee

Andrew and Matthew just want their country back!

Other Tom

Civil-service bureaucrats with untrammeled power, not subject to any market discipline. A universal prescription for bullying and abuse.

clarice

Mark, they are a bit fussy about kids because there have been so many kidnapped by one parent and taken abroad--especially to Mexico. Years ago I learned that when I took a friend of my son's and his mom with us to Cancun.

MayBee

clarice is right. I had a friend that used to travel to Mexico alone with her infant (pre-911), and she used to get a notarized letter from her husband giving her permission to do so.
It becomes difficult, as MarkD points out, because the rules are enforced unevenly. You think because you've been able to do things once that you won't be held to the proper standard the next time. I suspect that's why Icelandic girl was so surprised. She shouldn't have been treated as she was, but she also should probably not have been allowed into the country with no problems previously.
It's a good idea for everyone to get a passport for their child. It is a picture ID available for any age.

Kev

The president's name and policies may change, but the bureaucrats and their policies will not. They're as eternal as cockroaches.

There's a solution to this: Term limits for bureaucrats. Nobody works for the government for more than ten years; they have to learn a trade or acquire a skill and do work that actually produces something. Nobody in Congress has the courage to implement this any more than they do term limits on themselves, but it would definitely work.

jimmyk

they are a bit fussy about kids because there have been so many kidnapped by one parent

Yes, that's correct, but this was a case where both parents were present. Just another case of someone arbitrarily acting out some power fantasy.

It is true that rules have changed over the past five years, and people need to be aware. For most international travel I believe that kids now need a birth certificate or passport. I'm not sure about travel to Canada.

MayBee

Yes, that's correct, but this was a case where both parents were present.

The border guard doesn't know if it is one parent and a step parent, taking the children out of the country without the other parent's permission. Asking for ID isn't unreasonable, but things get complicated when travelers don't know what to expect.
In this case, it isn't 911 that changed things. It's parents taking their children out of the country against the other parent's wishes. It is for this same reason that both parents must give permission for a child under 14 to get a passport.

clarice

Exactly, Maybee. I do think the problem is worse in Mexico and South America than it is in Canada,but the issue has nothing to do with 911 and everything to do with custody fights and difficulties in getting kids back from overseas..

MayBee

but the issue has nothing to do with 911 and everything to do with custody fights and difficulties in getting kids back from overseas..

Yes. I'm certain the problem is worse with Mexico and South America, partially because of the implications of what can happen to a child there, and how much easier it may be to get lost there as opposed to Canada.

You don't just see the complications in travel out of the country, either. In my last US school district, we had to fill out paperwork about what family members were not allowed to pick up the kids from school. At the Doctor's office, there are lines on the from to indicate family members that are not allowed access to minors' records. There are whole levels of security/bureaucracy that have sprung up as the divorce rate/single parenthood rates have gone up.

Sara

My cousin was worried about her husband abducting their daughter during a very contentious divorce. Since he traveled to both Europe and Hong Kong on business on a regular basis, her attorney advised her to have a warning put on her daughter's passport and in the computer that no one could take the child out of the country without court approval. I'm not sure how she did this or with what agency, but I know that it red-flagged her child anytime she might travel by air and especially at borders, check-in, or customs. This order stayed in place until the child was 12. In her state, children of 12 are considered old enough to choose which parent they want to be with and is figured to be old enough to speak up if they are being forced to do something against their will.

jimmyk

The border guard doesn't know if it is one parent and a step parent, taking the children out of the country without the other parent's permission.

Most countries' requirements that I'm aware of pertain to a child travelling with only one parent, or, in some cases with parents that have different surnames. I'm not saying that's the way it should be, but agents shouldn't go beyond the official rules unless they have some reason to be suspicious.

MayBee

Most countries' requirements that I'm aware of pertain to a child travelling with only one parent, or, in some cases with parents that have different surnames. I'm not saying that's the way it should be, but agents shouldn't go beyond the official rules unless they have some reason to be suspicious.

Well, you were the one stating that "both" parents were in the vehicle. I'm just saying the border guard didn't know that to be true.
In this case, he did not go beyond the official rules. He just asked for the kid's ID. MarkD didn't have it, and the nice border guard let him through.

clarice

I've been counsel in two cases involving removing kids from one country and taking them to another. It's a very difficult, expensive and problematic thing to get them back. I can't blame the border guard. If those kids were removed in violation of a custory agreement, his ass would have been on the line .

clarice

I've been counsel in two cases involving removing kids from one country and taking them to another. It's a very difficult, expensive and problematic thing to get them back. I can't blame the border guard. If those kids were removed in violation of a custody agreement or court order, his ass would have been on the line .

luagha

A young, blonde, icelandic woman handcuffed and chained in leg irons?

That's totally hot.

Peter England

"Jadczyk runs a doomsday cult called the Cassiopeans based on messages she gets from reptilian space aliens via a Ouija board."

I thought you had Al Gore to do that,we have Brussels.

Sara

Bar none, American border officials are the worst of any nation I have ever seen. They are rude and nasty, even when there is zero reason for it. I have been threatened with imprisonment in some situations simply for politely asking them to do things like repeat questions.

Mind you, I traveled in some really backwater countries! Imagine that. Ratholes have more polite and professional border personnel than I encountered at the border in Windsor/Detroit.

Oh boo hoo. Funny how they just keep coming to this terrible place called America.

Tom Maguire

Mere tone of voice doesn't apparently do it on the Internet.

I read it out loud to myself and my meaning was clear, especially when I threw in a raised eyebrow.

clarice

Interesting--on that chart only McCain and Thompson are trending up.

And the McCain NYT story is still largely under wraps.

Peter England

In Europe the borders came down tonight Due to the Schengen Agreement,it is now possible to have a clear run from the Polish border to the English Channel.How bad can that be? No don't tell me.

clarice

I remember the last time that happened.

clarice

Club for Growth on the latest mcCain nonsense:
"According to the Detroit Free Press, Senator McCain announced yesterday a plan to use federal dollars to make up the salary difference for workers who lose manufacturing jobs and are forced to accept lower-paying jobs until they find new careers.

“This is exactly the kind of plan you expect to hear from the Democratic candidates, not an alleged economic conservative,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “The government should not be in the business of guaranteeing wages. In a dynamic economy, wage and employment changes are inevitable and part of the normal process of economic growth and technological innovation.”

“In addition, McCain’s welfare program has the potential to unleash a series of perverse incentives, the worst of which is the disincentive to learn new skills and assume challenging new career paths. Why make an effort to learn new skills and take on a challenge when John McCain will make taxpayers pay your former wage for even a minimum wage job? The program also has the potential to be exorbitantly expensive as many workers opt to settle for low-paying jobs so long as McCain doles out taxpayer subsidies.”

Peter England

Clarice,
Unfortunately,they don't.

SunnyDay

Posted by: clarice | December 21, 2007 at 07:28 PM
******************************

Is this a joke?

clarice

No, it is not Sunny.

SunnyDay

I'm going to be sick.

other tom

Let's face it, folks: the U.S. is a genuine fascist police state. By some mysterious means it has become the only fascist police state in history with a serious illegal immigration problem.

Your correspondent is posting from lovely Marin County this weekend. Plenty o' them Commies up here, by God.

Charlie (Colorado)

Oh boo hoo. Funny how they just keep coming to this terrible place called America.

Sara, don't be an idiot: read my story. It's NOT about an immigrant or foreign resident.

When I lived in Germany I could go most anywhere in Europe with a wave-through.

MayBee

Charlie:
I've had troubles with US immigration on more than one occasion, usually in Pearson airport in Toronto.

In Toronto, that would be Canadian immigration giving you the trouble.

Elliott

MayBee,

Pearson and other Canadian airports have U.S. Customs and Immigration checkpoints that you go through before boarding your flight to the U.S.

MayBee

Really?
My mistake, then. Thanks for clarifying, Elliott.

Cecil Turner

I'm still not sure why I should believe her, or why I should care if I did. If she in fact overstayed her previous visa (as she admits), she should've been turned away at immigration. And her telephone convenience isn't a top priority either. Too bad, so sad. If they in fact mistreated her, they ought not to've. But that story sounded an awful lot like someone who had an ax to grind . . . and the genre isn't notable for its accuracy.

Bureaucrats and petty officials will outlast the cockroach on this planet.

That's probably the bottom line. But I'd note that I travel internationally regularly, and have had exactly zero problems anywhere (if you don't count obnoxious overofficiousness). And in most of the cases cited, the problem starts with an admitted violation (or at least an arguable case of a violation), and goes downhill from there. And I've seen a couple of people "standing up for their rights" in cases where they didn't have any rights (like, for example, their "right" to be let into a country for a shopping trip) . . . and whining over the predictable conclusion. Getting a one-sided verson of the event after the fact doesn't impress.

chad

She was probably held overnight because Icelandic Air only has two fights a day to JFK (or at least the used to only have two a day could be more could be less now)

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