Quick background: last year, USMC Sgt. Michael Ferschke was killed in Iraq while conducting door-to-door searches. He left behind his Okinawan-born, pregnant wife Hotaru Ferschke, who he had married a month before by proxy; and, of course, there were problems with her visa. Wizbang wrote about it here and here; Senator Lamar Alexander‘s (R-TN) office has been working on getting this fixed from the start, of course (I understand that some other (Tennessee?) lawmakers also assisted, but I couldn’t find details); between them and the USMC, they’ve made arrangements for Mrs. Ferschke to enter the country on a temporary visa, now that her son is born (more here).
Note “temporary”: as Wizbang more profanely noted, we have one truly messed-up immigration system. I’m betting on the Marines – mostly because they have the Marine Wives, which is a group I’d be scared to cross – in this case; but I shouldn’t have to. The amount of money we spend on this monstrosity, the least we can expect is that it function at a level somewhere above “completely, inhumanly indifferent”…
Yeah, yeah, I know: I’m an incurable optimist. Or a blind fool. Still.
Crossposted at Moe Lane.