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.
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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!