Yet another reason to get rid if the INS:
When Jordan Peimer booked an Argentine band that fuses Jewish Klezmer music with tango, he thought he had the perfect act to headline his “Fiesta Hanukkah” concert.
That was before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services weighed in with some cultural commentary of its own. The band couldn’t travel to the U.S., the agency ruled, because it didn’t satisfy a “culturally unique” requirement for a performer visa called P-3.
Yeah, government bureaucrats deciding which forms of art we should enjoy. That’s what every great country needs.
It’s time to make the INS into a small agency that just processes the immigration paperwork.
For those who were wondering, yes, I did notice that the Immigration and Naturalization Service has changed its name, just like a criminal hoping not to be connected to prior crimes. I wasn’t fooled.
(Hat tip: Jesse Walker)