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  1. For some people, ignorance is bliss. For others, the opposite is true. You can't please everybody. Cheers!
  2. I would suggest that once you are a citizen (and one can argue as a permanent resident) it is your country too. As an example, my parents have lived in their country for 53 years, and their "other" country for 37 before that. My sister has lived in her country for 53 years as well, but her birth country for only 3 years before that. I've lived in America for 22 years, so almost half my life. There are a lot of older assumptions about people looking and sounding a particular way, and of living in a single country for a long period of time. I don't think that reflects the 21st century reality. Everywhere I've lived has been filled with people "not from there" - it's why people are attracted to such places. Cheers!
  3. You'll forgive me, but I had to wait 14 months for my petition to get approved. Then another 14 months for the final step to get reviewed, another three months to review my response, and then another two years to get the interview scheduled. So don't be surprised when I don't have much sympathy for your pearl clutching. As gently as I can - your wife's experience is not representative to what most people go through. Sitting around and having to file some paperwork and wait in line for a few hours is not unusual - except that most people who do it wait for years at a time, if they're even eligible. I have a fantastic data scientist working for me who's been waiting for eleven years now and with respects to your wife will be at least as much of a benefit to America, if not more. There are millions of DREAMers who can never apply without a change in law - through no fault of their own. To suggest that I don't know what I'm talking about speaks more to your privilege and good fortune than my ignorance. I was very fortunate that I came from a less popular country at the right time and "only" waited seven years from entrance to Green Card and only one need to retroactively legalize my status. But please, tell me more about the indignity of waiting around for nine months and having to file some forms. There's a small violin here somewhere.... Please, acknowledge your good fortune and your personal benefit from an unequal system, rather than attacking those who point out that your perspective is limited and inaccurate.
  4. As I said before, the virus doesn't care about your immigration status or where you came from. If I, a US citizen, am returning from that country a travel ban won't affect me (worst case, I transit through a third country) but I will be just as likely to carry and spread the virus. Suggesting that travel bans which only affect nationals of a country will do anything to stop the spread of a pathogen makes no sense to anyone who understands infectious disease. It gets even more unreasonable when you think that numerous individuals in our modern age possess multiple citizenships - I have two, my wife has three, and our children may be eligible for up to five. And that's why most local authorities go out of the way to not cooperate with immigration officials, because they understand that by making them fearful, they lose cooperation and their jobs become much harder. It's true for cops, and doubly true for public health. Demonizing illegals or foreigners by implying they are somewhat more a disease vector that cousin Cletus and his 20,000 redneck buddies on Lake of the Ozarks is a disaster from a public health perspective, and why it makes so much sense to regularize, normalize and legalize these people. With respect, if your entire contact with immigration systems (either there or here) was through your wife, you know very little of the process. Can you explain to me how long your wife would need to wait if she qualified under her own merits in an EB category, how her category and country of chargeability (which set those wait times) are determined, and what forms of relief she would need based any immigration violations (the kind that your wife got automatic amnesty from?) If you can't (or you don't even know what many of those terms are) then please don't say you know a lot about immigration when there are other people that have gone through the process for years, seen others suffer and spent over a decade volunteering to help others in the same boat go through some very painful and costly situations. At best it's Dunning-Kruger and at worst it's offensive - little different than saying you know a lot about aviation because you flew in a 747 a few times. The first step is by being less ugly, especially when it is in our own interest. Somehow I get the feeling I could have heard that exact same phrase in our part of the world in 1963.
  5. The only "holding area" in such a circumstance is the plane itself. Once you step off of the aircraft you're in a secure area, but it's upstream of customs & immigration and passengers from the different aircraft can mix.
  6. As I mentioned, I don't see how that protects me from contracting the virus while I'm in the holding area; how it prevents US citizens and permanent residents from entering the US despite a positive test .... and if we cannot get certain individuals to wear a mask for five minutes, the quarantine will be very interesting. Cheers!
  7. The virus doesn't care about your immigration status. I don't see your case being any better than me being stuck in the immigration queue at JFK Terminal 4 with 1,000 of my newest friends. 20 have the virus and are contagious. 8 are asymptomatic and are missed by whatever testing system we have. Of the remaining 12, six are US citizens or permanent residents who are let into the country anyway, and only six are turned back. If I spend two hours with them, how was I any better off? While screenings at the border and travel restrictions are helpful, they are no magic bullet and don't solve the problem, just limit it to some slight extent.
  8. Without getting too far into a bad place, I once became an illegal immigrant without any act of my own. It's more complicated than you describe - let's respectfully leave it at that.
  9. That's a rather slippery slope argument - if one loses one's job and cannot get hired due to a refusal to vaccinate, then my understanding is that would cover you for unemployment benefits, but it of course varies by state. I imagine there will be some employers and workplaces that won't care very much, but I question how many of the top-tier places (in terms of compensation / conditions) will fall into that group. Again, the concept of personal rights can be very double-edged. You absolutely should have a right not to vaccinate, but other actors in the systems have equal rights not to associate with you - employers don't need to hire you (and can fire you), schools and child care facilities don't need to accept your un-vaccinated children, and the list could go on. Even if your employer chooses to hire un-vaccinated individuals, at least here in the US their health care premiums may be sufficiently high that they cannot afford to do so (or you will not!) So while the state may not be forcing you through the power of law to get a vaccination, other private entities will likely be able to do so via economic pressure. Freedom ain't free. 🤷‍♂️ Cheers!
  10. Refusing to be vaccinated does not make you a protected class. In many places, an employer could legitimately make proof of vaccination a condition of employment, doubly so if the existing employees felt strongly about it. Rights go both ways. Vaccination, by the way, is how you eradicate a virus. How did we get rid of smallpox? cheers
  11. I am reminded of Justice Jackson's famous quote - "The Constitution is not a suicide pact". Cheers!
  12. We are all treated like children because some of us, despite their age, insist on acting like children. 🤷‍♂️
  13. The instant you do so in a place with others, it is no longer your personal decision. Whatever you do in your own space, that's your business. I don't wear a mask at home either. But if I'm out in a shared space - it's no longer my decision alone and my actions may impact others negatively, no matter what I think, feel, or believe.
  14. The challenge you have is that by and large you (and I) are not competent to determine when is "an appropriate time" to wear a mask, given that the virus appears to be communicable through asymptomatic individuals. By the time you have enough cases to determine when you feel you should wear a mask, there is a good chance it is too late. Numerous people have attempted to point that out to you, but you are convinced that your own experience and personal observations trump those of people who have studied the problem for decades. Dunning-Kruger is not an abstract concept - we see it in action here. I am very surprised, and disappointed. My parents suffered through foreign invasion, totalitarian governments, the loss of their possessions and relatives. They understood sacrifice. The generation of Americans of a similar age bleats when they have to wear a cotton mask for five minutes. It makes one miss the "Greatest Generation". Perhaps we can harness the clean energy produced by them spinning in their graves. 😞
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