I am, as you suggested, sending you the story of my friend who is in this country legally and will face deportation in the spring of 2008. His name is A. Z., he is 32 years old, and he is from the Republic of Georgia.
He arrived in this country in 1999 to work on a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences. He was here on a grant from the Soros Foundation and had a J1 student visa. There was a 2 year-home residency requirement attached to this visa. The visa subsequently was changed to an F1 in 2001, but the home-residency requirement was not removed. After earning his Master’s, Mr. Z. entered the Doctorate program at Rutgers in New Brunswick. He will attain his Doctorate in Environmental Science approximately May 0f 2008.
According to the terms of the 2 year-home residency requirement, he needs to return to Georgia and seek employment. Since 2002, Mr. Z. has returned every summer to his homeland looking for employment in his field. He has found none-there are no jobs requiring the skills that he has to offer; skills that are sorely needed in New Jersey, “Cancer Alley”.
I wrote to President Bush asking him to waive the home residency requirement. He forwarded my letter to Home Land Security who told me that since I have no legal status to represent Mr. Z, there was nothing I could do for him. Because the Government will not allow him to work, ie, no Green Card, he has no money to hire an Immigration Attorney to fight for him.
Mr. Z. is a man of great intelligence, integrity, and perseverance. He is in the USA legally, speaks perfect English, and is resolute and steadfast in his desire to live the American dream. He wants to become educated and live and work in America. If the 2 year-home residency requirement were waived and he could get a green card, there would be many opportunities for employment here in New Jersey.
Why is the United States Government denying him the right to stay in this country (he entered legally) and yet openly allows thousands of illegal aliens the right to work here, take advantage of our health care system, and attend school? Why does the United States Government deny this right to educated, English speaking, white Europeans in favor of non-English speaking, uneducated, unskilled people? Where is the logic? Do we need more busboys and lawn and car-wash employees? Or do we need people who can make a contribution to cleaning up our environment for the betterment of all people?
Time is running out and Mr. Z. fears he will be forced to leave the USA upon completion of his Doctorate. Is there anything that can be done to waive the 2 year-home residency requirement? Where are the advocates and protestors for the legal aliens in this country?
I thank you for reading my letter and greatly appreciate whatever can be done to help my friend.