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Sat May 26, 2018, 12:23 PM

7. Since 1945 the United States has been a leader on family reunification

Refugees, Migrants, Visa applications.

Priority was always on family reunification.

Humorous aside

In April 1982 I was Chief of Operations for refugee resettlement for IOM in Bangkok and my days were filled with managing a large migration operation that included medical checks, documentation, transportation and the like.

I rarely got involved in individual cases but this was a strange one. During the refugee review process it was determined that this family of 19 had a sibling that lived in a remote island in the Atlantic I had never heard of.

To get there it would take a week and transit visas in the US, Mexico and Argentina. We would have to have our staff in those countries accompany them during the entire time to ensure that they didn't off load in some strange city.

Everything was arranged. They left on a Wed. and would arrive on their island on a ferry on a Sunday.

I came to work on Monday and the headlines were that the Argentinian armed forces had just arrived to liberate the Falkland Islands.

I later figured out that this family who had spent years trying to escape the ravages of war had landed in the Falklands about 4 hours before the Falkland war started.

It used to be that the US Government would move heaven and earth to accomplish family reunion. Republicans and Democrats shared equally in supporting this principle.

There was no controversy.

We have lost so much.

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