Since the announcement that Secretary Clinton will be “taking care” of the situation, it seems that everybody is waiting for a “miracle” to happen. We all hope for this!
However, we might be prepared in case this fails.
First of all, nothing has been promised by Hillary Clinton. Second, if both the media and students stop talking about the issues, you will probably see another wave of NTAs and interrogations. In fact, it has already started.
I remind everybody that during the time the issues were in the news, we were making great progress, then suddenly there was a some kind of “gag order” and what followed was devastating including “hotlines” and request to contact SEVIS (without an attorney). Just for information, the feedback we received were those of students being questioned heavily and issued an NTA after contacting the “hotlines”. Unfortunately, again students are being advised discontinue the awareness campaign and to continue contacting SEVIS on their own. Both of those ideas are wrong.
It took a lot of effort from few students and good faith law firms to keep the awareness and the focus on the issue. It is really unproductive to have the same effort be destroyed by some.
If the students believe that some “extraordinary lawyers” will solve the problem, then they should follow their hearts. As far as I know, this problem is going to be solved only through a change of policy and government intervention. In order for this to happen, the awareness campaign should continue…the pressure should be ongoing!!!
Therefore, please keep the issue alive in the media and with any civil rights organization you can get hold of!!!
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