NOT JUST THE WALL FOR TRUMP
One of the biggest political issues of the United States presidential election was immigration. Donald Trump pledged tougher vetting of immigrants and an impenetrable physical wall on the border with Mexico.
“We are a nation that is seriously troubled. We’re losing our jobs. People are pouring into our country,” Trump said in the first debate.
In announcing his priorities for the first 100 days, Trump vowed to direct the Department of Labor to “investigate all abuses of visa programmes that undercut the American worker.”
Moreover, the US Border Patrol total nationwide arrests increased 23 percent from 2015, according to a year-end report issued December 30 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It also emphasised the significant demographic changes of those crossing the southern border over the last 15 years. In 2006, the majority of individuals caught crossing the border without authorisation were single adults from Mexico, whereas in 2016, the majority were families and unaccompanied children from Central America, according to DHS officials. Nevertheless, almost 40 per cent of all immigrants come by plane and overstay their visas.
That’s why young working-age Argentines travelling to the US with a valid visa should be prepared for stiff interrogation from DHS personnel on arrival at any airport. It’s important to keep calm, have all documentation in order, enough cash to spend and — most importantly — tell the truth. They should also be aware of their human rights. The DHS has all the necessary information for filing a complaint on its website (https://www.dhs.gov/file-civil-rights-complaint).
Why bring this up now? I recently travelled to the US via Atlanta Airport and saw many foreigners being detained by DHS personnel for questioning. I witnessed DHS harassment and was told about previous incidents with young Argentines. So the message is: be prepared!
Ildefonso Miguel Thomsen
TRACING FAMILY ROOTS
I am writing to you as I am trying to find the address in Buenos Aires where my grandparents and mother lived, plus any other information about them.
My great-grandparents were called Christopher and Cordelia Bulman and I know that one of their homes was at Ecchevaria 3669, Belgrano. Christopher Bulman died in January, 1922.
My grand-parents, Robert Bertram Carr and Hilda Bulman, were married at St Saviour’s Church, Belgrano on December 18, 1915. Robert Carr was a chief engineer dealing with the electrification of the railways. He died in September, 1941.
One of their three children was my mother, Audrey Carr. She was born in Buenos Aires on June 24, 1920, and attended St Hilda’s College. After that she worked at the British Embassy as a stenographer until she travelled to England in 1941 to join the armed forces during World War II.
I am trying to find out if you might have any records going back so far, at the suggestion of the British Embassy. I have an opportunity to visit BA in February and would so much like to visit the area where my mother lived as a child. She and her brother are both now dead, so there is no-one living who can help me in the United Kingdom.
If anybody can help me, please contact the British Embassy or also the Argentine-British Community Council, which has kindly offered to assist me (Esmeralda 634D, Tel. 5254-8064/5, email chairman@abcc. org.ar).
With very many thanks for any information you may be able to give me,