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I received a quick response from Kari Snyder.  Dr. Bartlett is lucky to have such an efficient, competent person as Kari, but I was disappointed in what Mr. Schultz told her.

Mrs. Bowman-Kruhm,

I spoke with Mr. Schultz, the congressional liaison at the State Department in DC, and he informed me that Jackson Liaram was denied a visitor’s visa twice on 3-6-12 and 4-12-12 under section 214(b). I’ve included the USCIS statute on 214(b), but Mr. Schultz told me frankly that Jackson needs to provide much more information on his end before applying again. The letters from your rotary club are going to help once the Embassy in Kenya has deemed from the evidence provided that he will, without a doubt return to Kenya after his trip.

He is welcome to apply again, but needs to provide employment records, proof of investments in his life in Kenya, both monetary and relationship wise.

Please let me know if you have questions regarding any of this information; I’d be happy to expound on it.

Kari Snyder – District Assistant

Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett

Jackson did supply a letter from his employer but providing monetary information is a little more difficult. Hmmm. He is a Maasai and anyone who knows anything about their culture knows that their money is invested in cattle.  Would photos of his cattle be acceptable or does Mr. Schultz expect him to take the actual animals as proof?  More seriously, Steve King sent the signed letter from the District Rotary officers directly to the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.   In other words, the consular had an original that clearly could not have been tampered with or copied.  Steve provided specific dates Jackson would stay in Frederick and Leonardtown and we both wrote that Jackson has a wife and three children in Oltorotua, Kenya.

The State Dept. has a horrific job to screen out applicants who are terrorists or plan to slip into the country and stay.  All I ask is a fair interview process.  There is no checklist that I can find on the Visa Services website that explains exactly what is needed in the way of documentation.  Since the material on their website is written at a post-college graduate reading level (shades of my life as a reading specialist), I think the State Dept. should review and revise their information.  Not everyone who wants to visit the U.S. is a lawyer.  Little wonder even our staunch friends in developing countries are losing faith in America.

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