Idiot Bureaucrats Keeping Parents From Attending Child’s Wedding
By Peg Luksik
Today, I am writing as a Navy Mom. My son, who has served for 13+ years and is now a Chief, is a “Navy Nuke” on our submarines. In September, he is planning to marry a lovely woman who is a Moldovan national and has lived here legally for 10 years. Her parents applied for a visitor’s visa to attend the wedding. The application for them costs $320, which is an average month’s pay in Moldova. They do not speak English.
They were denied. I thought they did not properly understand the process, so I got involved. For the second application (another $320) I had letters of support from Senator Toomey, Senator Casey, Rep. Rothfus and Rep. Lamb. That’s two R’s and two D’s. All four offices were very helpful.
We had to prove that the parents would return to Moldova by proving that they had property, family and employment connections. So we supplied, with the legislative letters, copies of the deeds to their two mortgage-free properties, letters from each of their employers detailing their length of employment, letters from other family members who are not coming to the US (grandmother and parents of grandchildren), the official written permission from the Navy for my son to first date and then marry his bride, a letter from the priest performing the ceremony, and the receipts from the rental of the hall for the second reception her parents are holding in Moldova in late October.
The second interview was Aug. 7. They were scheduled for 9 a.m.. They were made to wait until everyone else was seen, skipping their appointment time. (Remember that this is the former USSR, where people do not complain to the governement.) The first statement was that they had already been told no, so what in their lives changed. The second asked them if they personally knew the Senators who had written. They did not. They were denied. Again.
The State Department says there is no review. All decisions by that bureaucrat are final. And they say that they destroy all the documents so there is no way to see if the official is actually following the rules. That makes that unelected bureaucrat an absolute monarch.
The legislative offices are all sorry. But tell me there is nothing they can do.
I need to get the story out. My son deserves better than this. But since he is on active duty, he cannot tell the story or advocate for himself. You will notice that I did not give you his name or where he is currently stationed.
This is not about immigration laws – we met every requirement. This is about an unelected bureaucrat believing she is not bound by any laws but her own whims. And a young man who has given his entire adult life to defend this nation, and now needs that nation to defend him and his bride.
The President can get that visa. I need the story to go public.
Mrs. Luksik is a former candidate for Pennsylvania governor and a long-time activist for average citizens.