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The name's Stef, welcome to my cluttered life.
I'm an anxiety-ridden Whovian, an on-and-off writer, a notebook-scribbler, and a literature nerd.
I also lIke Sherlock, Supernatural, HIMYM, The Avengers...and okay, I have a foot in the door for every fandom. I have a problem.
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So today I was at work helping out a lovely Middle Eastern customer, and our conversation really rattled something in me.
He was shipping passports, something I had seen maybe 6-10 times this week. All of the customers were shipping them to the same address, all were Middle Eastern. My curiosity was killing me at this point, so I asked why he had to ship them out all the way to DC just to get them verified.
He told me that anyone not from the USA and of Middle Eastern descent has to go through this process in order to leave the country. No one has to do this but them.
It’s twice the trouble, twice the cost. Not only do they have to ship it themselves (express) which runs them about $50 plus dollars, DC also forces them to pay for the return label, an extra $50. That’s $100 extra so they can go home and see their families. And this 45 year old man has been in the country since he was 9 years old.
Why not become a citizen, then? Because they make it damn near impossible. Because if he does try to attempt the citizenship test, it will mean relinquishing his rights as a citizen of Iran, because like China, they do not offer duel citizenship. He told me he can not stand the idea of being foreign in his homeland, of giving up his rights or his culture. So he bears with it.
I am not a social justice blogger. And few rights-related issues make me upset enough to blog about. But this. I couldn’t stop thinking about it all day. The fact that he only has to go through this because he’s Middle Eastern…because he doesn’t want to give up his culture. Not every terrorist wears the same face. If one group has to endure, then we all have to. It disgusts me that we take strides like these to make people feel uncomfortable and unwelcome in America.
I apologize for the long post, and I don’t know what I’m trying to accomplish here by writing this….I just had to.