VIA| People everywhere are outraged after a World War II veteran was recently denied entry into the United States because he reportedly overstayed his 90-day visa. While that may be true, it’s ignoring some heartbreaking circumstances that really put all of this into perspective.
While 70,000 Syrian refugees are allowed to enter our country freely and benefit from our tax dollars, this poor veteran isn’t allowed back. The reason why will infuriate you.
89-year-old John Oliver applied for a green card in the hopes of joining his son Robert and his fiancée over here across the pond. He currently lives alone in an assisted living facility in Jersey, U.K.
His green card application as denied due to a 2011 infringement, which occurred while John was staying with his dying wife during a visit to New Jersey. Under the recommendation of doctors, his wife was put into hospice care where John stayed until the end of her days – past the 90-day limit.
“My mother was 90; she had severe osteoporosis and liver problems… My father could no longer care for her over there,” Robert told NJ.com.
Once Betty died, John headed back home to the U.K. and Robert began applying for the green card to get his father back. That was when all the issues started, even after paying thousands of dollars in application fees.
In October, 2013 it all took a turn for the worse when John was told he was banned from entering the United States for 10 years. Despite paying U.S. taxes on his pension and around $69,000 on medical care for his dying wife, John still can’t get back to the United States to live with the only family he has left. While Syrian immigrants roam our streets, how is that fair?