May 16, 2010


Temporary visa insanity (REUVEN BLAU, May 16, 2010, NY Post)

In June of 2008, Dimitry Fursov left his hometown of Voronezh, in southwestern Russia, for what seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime — the chance to spend the summer working in the United States.

A few weeks later, he was dead — brutally beaten with a pool cue in a Brooklyn billiards hall.

Fursov’s tragic odyssey has cast light on a troubled, little-noticed program that brings 2,000 to 3,000 Russian students to New York City every year. They come here, as 19-year-old Dimitry did, with dreams of seeing America, looking for more permanent work, or making new friends, but instead find themselves without a job or a place to live, several students told The Post. Others drift to the more seedy side of Long Island, stripping or dealing drugs to make ends meet.

Even the successful can pose a problem, however. Many — no one knows how many, but it could number in the hundreds each year — stay in the US long after their visas expire. Critics say that’s because there’s little to no oversight of such programs.

It's one of the worst kept secrets of the anti-immigrationists, that niice white lab tech you work with, who came here legally, is an illegal now too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 16, 2010 7:26 AM
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