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  1. Wineguy13 Thatcher

    Sethany,

    First thanks for fixing the audio situation. As an amateur audio engineer, I am probably too critical of poor audio production. Secondly, in regards to the the Indonesian man in refuge at the Reformed Church in NJ: I have some thoughts.

    The first thing I noticed was that this man came in to the country on a tourist visa, and simply did not leave. There is no real information on the NBC story I read regarding details of Mr. Pangemanan’s plans when he entered the country. However, it is not beyond belief to assume he entered the country with no plans to leave. He was almost deported in 2009, so this was not a complete surprise when it happened this more recent time. I understand that he is claiming religious persecution now, and that may be true. Nonetheless, we should all at least understand that he has skirted the immigration laws of our country, and every day he wakes up and doesn’t turn himself in to ICE, he is continuing to flout the laws of his adopted country.

    That being said, I have no desire to see people like Mr. Pangemanan deported and since his deportation was stayed in 2009, I hope it will be again, and that he can become naturalized. However, this would not have been an issue had he followed the correct procedures for religious asylum in the first place. He cheated the system and calls for sympathy now that he has been caught. I happen to be a member (tangentially) to the denomination the Reformed Church of Highland Park belongs to. I am generally in support of my denominations’s mission to shelter true refugees. However, I have less sympathy for people who lie to come here and then are shocked when they are made to pay a price for that deceit.

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    • January 29, 2018, at 9:55 AM PST
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  2. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    Wineguy13 (View Comment):
    However, I have less sympathy for people who lie to come here and then are shocked when they are made to pay a price for that deceit.

    I came to this country in 1985 and went through the long process of obtaining a K-1 visa (fiancé visa). As an Australian citizen I could have easily obtained a visitor visa and then simply married my fiancé after arriving, but I wanted to do things the right way and not skirt any laws. It took 3 months to obtain the K-1 and involved a series of interviews and medical exams. Getting a green card involved a 6 hour visit to the Washington DC INS office which was a zoo. When we finally got to speak to someone, we were asked if I wished to “adjust status” and the clerk looked confused when I told her no, that I only wished to follow through on the terms of my K-1 visa and obtain permanent residence. She finally consulted with several people and after another long wait we were interviewed by a woman whose job it was to ascertain that we were, in fact a legitimate married couple and I received my green card. In 2001 I decided to obtain citizenship. This was a laborious process and took 2 years, however it did not cost me anywhere near the thousands of dollars paid by your Australian friend. It was several hundred dollars though in application fees of one kind or another. I attribute this to the fact that I entered the country legally and did not lie and simply get a visitor visa and then “adjust status”. The system is chaotic and poorly implemented. We do need comprehensive immigration reform. There needs to be laws that are followed as they are written.

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    • January 29, 2018, at 12:37 PM PST
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  3. Jim Wright Coolidge

    “…The Weekly Substandard is terrible…”

    Is it out of place to ask you to show your work on this one?

    Not that I disagree – they talk over each other constantly, which can make it hard to follow.

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    • January 29, 2018, at 7:50 PM PST
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  4. Bethany Mandel Editor

    Jim Wright (View Comment):
    “…The Weekly Substandard is terrible…”

    Is it out of place to ask you to show your work on this one?

    Not that I disagree – they talk over each other constantly, which can make it hard to follow.

    I’m mostly trolling ;)

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    • January 30, 2018, at 7:22 AM PST
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  5. Jim Wright Coolidge

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    Jim Wright (View Comment):
    “…The Weekly Substandard is terrible…”

    Is it out of place to ask you to show your work on this one?

    Not that I disagree – they talk over each other constantly, which can make it hard to follow.

    I’m mostly trolling ;)

    They do seem to be everyone’s favorite whipping boy. :)

    Where there’s smoke, there’s punk kids with a rogue pack of American Spirit.

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    • January 30, 2018, at 9:28 AM PST
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  6. Barry Jones Thatcher

    There are legal ways to immigrate into the country. The long and the short of it is he broke the law by overstaying his visa. If you don’t like the law get a bunch of your friends together and change the law – don’t sanction the violation of the law. Also, immigration laws exist to give the country the opportunity to vet and qualify potential immigrants. Sanctioning people that violate the law is just wrong. As you point out there are lots of people that take YEARS to get here legally (Charlie Cooke from NRO will be taking the exam for his citizenship after more than 7 years in the process). Yes Government is incompetent, so what is your solution? no borders, no controls, no selection process at all? I am all for LEGAL immigration but have little sympathy for those that violate the law and line jump…

    and the “good people” comment leaves me cold from a policy standpoint. there are roughly a billion people in the world that would like to come to the US and most of them are good people (most of Sub Saharan African and most of Asia for a start). Let them all in? let none of them in? Or just keep the ones that are already here illegally and tough luck on the others? Where and how do you draw the line?

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    • February 1, 2018, at 3:10 PM PST
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