Off Message: That time I left my heart in San Francisco

As a teenager, I loved my first experience working legally in the US. Trump’s abrupt decision to ban new visas will deprive many of our under-25s of a similar adventure

28th June, 2020
Off Message: That time I left my heart in San Francisco
Generations of Irish students spent summers working in the US on J-1 visas but the current crop are being denied their chance at the American dream. Picture: Getty

“Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.” That was the gloomy assessment of former congressman Bruce Morrison – the man after whom the Morrison visa is named because of his 1990-sponsored law, which allowed thousands of Irish people to work legally in the States – when he was asked to comment on President Donald Trump’s decision last week to suspend visas and pause green cards until the end of 2020.

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