Friday, September 29, 2017

Visa Blues

Sad and slow: Visa services row beside the U.S. Embassy.
Went to the U.S. Embassy the other week to get a new passport, and the folks there who offer support services for U.S. visa seekers are suffering.

Fewer than before: Visa seekers and their friends and
relatives wait outside the embassy.
The kid who took my passport photo pointed to the mostly empty space in front of his shop. Last year, that was full of visa applicants and their relatives, he said, sadly.

"That man has got us like this," he said, sticking his forefinger into his own neck.

Not difficult guessing who 'that man' is.

Coincidentally, I've read that U.S. tourism and applications by foreign students are down, too.

I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area right now, where the Internet economy is booming. Seems like every other shop and restaurant has a 'help wanted' sign: but Trump's stricter immigration laws are keeping out the immigrants who want to do those jobs, harming the economy.

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

1 comment:

Stuart Oswald said...

Great news. Great to hear that a developing country's lifeblood is staying to build up their own country. The poor and subjugated in the US now have a chance to enjoy the resources of their own country instead of being sold out by their own leaders for cheap labour. It will also help preserve the worlds multiple cultures Have a good time in the US.