Tuesday, March 21, 2006

# Posted 5:27 AM by Patrick Belton  

THE BLOGGING OF THE ENGLISH JUDICIARY: I've been really enjoying over my coffee this morning The Magistrate's Blog, the diary and thoughts of an English magistrate working 'somewhere west of Ealing Broadway' (Devon's my guess). My personal loudest chuckle was provoked over this reading and glossalia from the liber applicatio visae yanci
Do you seek to enter the United States to engage in export control violations, subversive or terrorist activities, or any other unlawful purpose? Are you a member or representative of a terrorist organization as currently designated by the U.S. Secretary of State? Have you ever participated in persecutions directed by the Nazi government of Germany; or have you ever participated in genocide?

There is a story about a famous person (and it is attributed to a number of people, so probably apocryphal) who wrote "Sole purpose of visit" in answer to that question.
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As attributed to Gilbert Harding, the retort was the still superior 'Not sole purpose of visit.'
Also probably apocryphal because the person uttering it would have immediately been put on a plane back to wherever he came from--and the person thinking of uttering it would have known that.

My guess is that these silly questions are there because it's easier to deport a person for lying on their application then it is to convict them of any of those things.
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