A recent article in TIME magazine describes how America is keeping well heeled Brazilian tourists away by our insane visa application procedures. Brazilians, inspired by their country's economic boom, are trying to come here in great numbers to spend big bucks which could do a lot to create badly needed tourist industry jobs and revenues. Because there are only four American consulates in a country larger than the US, many people have to travel hundreds of miles for an interview. Because of volume, average interview waiting periods are as long as 141 days!
Just one more example of an American immigration policy driven by prejudice, fear, false propaganda and xenophobia gone wild. I would call it the Four Horsemen: Idiocy, Ignorance, Intolerance and Insanity.
Roger Algase is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing business immigration law in New York City for more than 20 years.