Akha Activist Married to Oregonian with FOUR American Children Prevented from Entering US
An Akha woman activist who opposed the US War on Drugs in Thailand that saw many of her people brutally murderd (see www.akha.org - drug war photos - http://www.akha.org/content-cat-21.html - http://www.akha.org/content-404.html)and is married to Oregon Activist Matthew McDaniel of the Akha Heritage Foundation has been refused entry into the US.
She has four children. Together the six of them are on the run in South East asia. Her spousal visa was applied for in Jan of 2005, they have been married more than five years. Their four children have US passports and are residents of Oregon as American Citizens.
But without their mother they will not come to the US.
Having left Thailand to be reunited with their father, they all now look for visas and money to survive on since they can not work or come back to the US.
They had been seperated for 14 months before the Akha woman and the children left Thailand. Now traveling as a group they try to publicize to the world what is happening to the Akha in Thailand.
The Kiezer Times reported that the visa hold up was retaliation for whistle blowing on the drug war in Thailand financed by the US government.
Immediately after the article Immigration said that due to a technicality, a visa could not be issued, there was not enough documentation of the marriage, despite witness statements and four children.
No explanation could be given why Immigration had not requested more information in February when first processing the visa? In February they stated that the visa was held up for "security reasons".
She is now told that she must refile and pay the fee all over again.
Donations to help the family can be made to Wells Fargo Bank, The Akha Heritage Foundation or can be made at www.akha.org with Paypal on line.
Matthew McDaniel contends that the civil rights of his children are being violated.
Government officials said that they saw no "problem" as the children could come to the US at any time, the 8 month baby didn't need his mother to feed. The mother could some how miraculously come "later".
Where are the freaking James Dobsin, Jerry Falwell, Tim LaHaye when you need them to stand up for Uncle Sam and "Family Values".
As activists Matthew McDaniel and his wife have long been opposed to US missionaries who exploit the Akha people, remove their children from the villages and destroy the culture.