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Reader feedback: Why make up a silly excuse?

Re: Slovak diplomats hope Bush talks visas, Volume 11, Number 6, February 14, 2005

The criteria for obtaining a US visa were fairly loose in the 1990s.

Why do you think it is so stringent now?

Experience! Too many Slovaks coming to the US were not returning back. That's why the situation today is the way it is.

Also, you should've read the b-s- issued by the former Slovak foreign secretary in the SME newspaper.

He "knows" that Slovaks would not immigrate to the US in high numbers.

He argues that the visa requirement complicates life for Slovak students, businessmen and tourists who are just trying to travel to the US.

All three groups make up a very negligible portion of the Slovak population.

The actual reason Slovak officials are pursuing the visa abolishment is to create job opportunities for the army of Slovak unemployed, since many would come to the US in search of a better life.

Nothing wrong with it - but why claim the visa regime is hurting students, businessmen and tourists when that is only a silly excuse?

Karol,
Indiana, US

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