Tuesday, July 6, 2010

'You Can't Deport Them All'...


A York county couple, originally from England, is about to be kicked out of the country.
For a decade, Dean and Laura frank built up "Laura's Kitchen," a small, but popular local restaurant in Wells, now shuttered and for sale.
That's because the "E-2" visa they'd legally had for years -- twice renewed with no problem-- was suddenly denied last year.
The reason -- an immigration case worker in California reviewing their numbers declared their business "marginal," not profitable enough, even though they made enough to run the business, live virtually debt free and employ local people part-time.
They are now in the country on a temporary tourist visa, trying to wrap up their affairs and sell their properties -- while desperately hoping for an unexpected reprieve.