Tattoo Checks Trip Up Visas
JULY 11, 2012
“Lawyers and criminologists say many tattoos causing trouble for immigrants symbolize gang membership but have been adopted by the wider public. . . .
‘If you are sporting a gang tattoo, it is reasonable for a consular officer to investigate if you have gang affiliations,’ said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that favors curbing immigration to the U.S., adding, ‘Our government is competent to make these decisions.’” (Wall Street Journal)
No chance, of course, that the “investigation” amounts to seeing a tattoo on a member of an officially unwelcome demographic.
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