Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled multimillionaire soccer players yearning to breathe free…

Originally from the Miami Herald:

International soccer star David Beckham and wife Victoria, formerly Posh Spice of the Spice Girls, don’t wait months or years to enter the United States legally.

Beckham’s status, bankroll and his attorney see to that. He receives approval for his visa within two weeks. Accommodating U.S. State Department officials grant him after-hours appointments and have asked him to pose for photos.

Original movie poster.

More from the article:

Meanwhile, specialty workers with four-year degrees can’t always bend the bureaucracy like Beckham. Demand for visas from these workers, with professions such as computer programming, engineering and accounting, has surged. But the cap, briefly raised a few years ago, remains at 65,000 — what it was in 1992. The 2007 cap was filled May 26, a record four months before the fiscal year begins.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Patricia Johnson died with her floral-print suitcase still neatly packed and sitting in her apartment in Gambia, where it had sat for more than two years while she waited to come live with her daughter in the Bay Area.

Johnson, who was 92, had escaped her native Sierra Leone during the 1997 civil war and received permission to move to the United States before Sept. 11, 2001. But after the attacks, she and tens of thousands like her learned their approval was on hold while various security agencies conducted new background checks to ferret out any potential terrorists.

Weeks, then months, went by as Johnson — in a one-room apartment in Gambia — and her daughter Olive Briggs — in her two-room Pinole apartment — awaited further information. On July 3, Johnson died of advancing arthritis and a sudden illness.
…America’s doors remain effectively locked to the most desperate and in danger — the tired, poor, huddled masses that the Statue of Liberty once beckoned to her shores.

From the Baltimore Sun:

Beckham, along with his pop star wife, Victoria, and their three sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, flew to Los Angeles from London on Thursday and went directly to their new $22 million mansion.

Hey! There are some jobs that Americans just won’t do!


Filed under David Beckham, humor, Immigration, movies, parody, politics, snark, Soccer, Sports, Victoria Beckham

16 responses to “Give me your tired, your poor. Your huddled multimillionaire soccer players yearning to breathe free…

  1. Friend of the court

    This one is a heart breaker nonnie.

  2. nightowl724

    I agree with fotc. A very touching story, particularly for me as I am first-generation American.

    It also gives new meaning to the expression, “Bend It Like Beckham,” doesn’t it?

    Superior snark, nonnie.

    PS fotc posted a parody in a comment at DKos! She did it, yes, she did! And, it’s great! Just, go here:

    PPS Also, see Duke S’s generous offer at same page.

    PPPS JEB’s been busy, too, finally putting up a new one at DKos:

    PPPPS I just added this site to my blog roll at DKos.

    (P’s were on sale yesterday. Speaking of which, I think I need to “go P” right now.)

  3. nonnie9999

    heartbreaker? oops! 😳 how did that happen? i must have fallen off my snarkcycle.
    the story of beckham really pissed me off. first of all, i would venture to guess that 99.99% of americans don’t give a shit about him or soccer. the news outlets are playing it up only to give free advertising to the corporations who benefit from sports. second, isn’t it amazing how corporations can make the state department work so quickly, while ordinary people are treated like pond scum?
    i hope the beckhams are happy in their new 22 million dollar mansion where they can frolic with their kids in the swimming pool while people are either killed or just left to die while waiting to come to the u s. after all, who wants to watch a reality show about impoverished people coming to america and appreciating their new lease on life when you could be watching posh spice yukking it up on nbc with her new millionaire neighbors?

  4. nonnie9999

    most of my family was wiped out by hitler. damn, if only they had played soccer!!
    i am so proud of our fotc!! i knew she had it in her!!
    p.s. thanks for the nod in your blogroll, nightowl. it is much appreciated!! πŸ˜€

  5. Friend of the court

    Thank you, nightowl and nonnie. I was a little nervous but, what is the worst that could happen?

    I am sorry to hear about your family nonnie. People who think that the fight against that kind of evil is in the past are being willfully blind.

  6. Friend of the court

    Hay, nonnie!
    Tanks for the TC mention. You are highly thought of over there, as evidenced by the number one spot on the list of submissions. You are too kind.

  7. nightowl724

    Oh, Nonnie. I am so sorry about your family history. I lived in Germany for a while. I visited Dachau and other notorious sites. I was 16 and roaming Europe at the height of my “hippiness.” It was very difficult. But, I wanted to understand, so I forced myself. Of course, I didn’t (and don’t) really “understand,” but the experience moved me profoundly and was life-changing.

    The German people I met were so ashamed of this legacy; perfect strangers would bring it up in conversation as soon as they realized I was American. This does not bring back your family, I know. I just wish that humankind would have “learned its lesson,” but this, too, seems too much to have hoped for, I see as I grow older .

    Would a virtual hug help even a teeny bit? If so, consider yourself hugged…

  8. nightowl724

    You’re welcome, fotc.

    What is this “TC” of which you speak? I might want to stalk you over there…

  9. nonnie9999

    fotc, you had no reason to be nervous, and i hope that you don’t mind that i gave your masterpiece a title. πŸ˜€
    thank you, fotc and nightowl, for your considerate thoughts. it is still amazing to me that such atrocities took place just decades ago. to those of us who were not yet born, it seemed unreal, but living under this administration with the crazy fundies running around demanding that all muslims (or immigrants or gays or whatever group they are pissed off at) be rounded up, it is easier to understand how it happened, if not why it happened. the biggest tragedy is that genocide is still happening right now, in 2007, and nobody is doing a damned thing to stop it.
    nightowl, “tc” stands for top comments. it is a nightly diary over at dk.

  10. nightowl724

    Hey, I just saw that JEB’s diary was rescued, too. Now he’s going to be just impossible to live with! And, the same for fotc – and YOU, I guess…

  11. srkp23

    The story of Patricia Johson is heartbreaking.

    Posh looks like a space alien, imho, especially when she’s posing on the red carpet

    nons, I am so sorry to hear that your family was devastated by the Nazis. I can’t imagine what it is like to bear that memory so intimately.

    Looking at all the violence and brutality in the world today, I wonder if that kind of evil hatred will ever be erased from this earth.

  12. nonnie9999

    hey skrpy! πŸ˜€
    the patricia johnson story is from 2003, but we all know that the same kind of story is playing out right now in too many places. i think it illustrates this administration’s sense of priorities.
    i share you view of “posh”. she looks cold. either that or maybe she has had all expression plastic-surgeried out of her face. 😐
    i don’t have to live with the memory of my family dying back then. i was not yet born, and pictures are scarce, so there are no memories. of course, once the pictures were unearthed, it was still another story finding out who everyone was (one family had 10 kids, the other 13). like many other people who lost everyone in the camps, my grandparents (grandpa got here in 1920; grandma, her mother, her brother, and her son–my mom’s brother–a few years later) never talked about their families, other than those who made it here. i don’t remember when i was first made aware that my grandparents had ever had any siblings other than my great-uncle. i am afraid that most of the history of the family will never be known. even my mom knows very few details. i don’t think about it on a daily basis. every once in a while, when someone mentions a big family reunion with lots of cousins, i get a little pang wondering what might have been. i also think of it when i hear people complaining about the damned immigrants.

  13. srkp23

    nons, even if you didn’t know them, it is still a painful memory, memory of an absence or something like that.

    I am haunted by the memory of my great-grandfather. A man whom I never knew of course but who was the world for my grandmother, whom I adored, although we didn’t really meet until I was older.

    They are from the Phillipines, a country I have never visited, but that still seems near. During WWII, when the country was under Japanese occupation, my grandfather refused to flee the countryside, for fear of losing his farm. He sent the rest of his family away and stayed with his land. At the end of the war, when the nationalist guerrillas came through in victory, they believed my grandfather and the other men to be Japanese collaborators, since all of the other villagers had fled. They marched them into the wilderness, ordered them to dig their own mass grave, and executed them.

    Somehow I feel this loss as a memory of pain, even though I never knew him.

  14. nonnie9999

    oh srkpy, what a sad story. your great-grandfather was a man of principle and was very brave.
    the ww2 generation seems so different from ours. we are so pampered. i wonder what would happen if we were asked to make all the sacrifices they did. it seems that people won’t even give up their suv’s, so what would they do if asked to make a real sacrifice?
    i guess we can never escape feeling the pain in one way or another. though we might not have known our ancestors, the way our parents were raised was affected by what happened to their parents, and that affected how they raised us. the sadness will always be there, even without knowing all the details.

  15. Got a Grip

    Great diary, nonnie. I wish you had a rec button here so I could go through and mark everything with a 4 or something, but then I’d need a bigger one for this diary. This should really be posted at NION, too.

    One caveat with your poster for this one, though. Victoria Beckham wouldn’t be caught within 1000 yards of anything that resembled food, much less be pictured eating it……

  16. nonnie9999

    thanks, gotta. i didn’t even consider posting this over at nion. i never intended it to be anything serious, just a bit of snark. however, that story about patricia johnson just tore my heart out, and i had to include it. quite a stark comparison between her and her one small suitcase and the beckhams’ journey.
    you are quite right about victoria. πŸ˜† that might look like food from far away, but up close, it’s really a plateful of precious gems.