Paul Wellman

At noon on 8/16, a number of people ​— ​all struggling with immigration bureaucracies while watching a loved one battle cancer ​— ​paid a visit to Rep. Lois Capps’s office to thank her and her staff for helping them navigate the process: Reza Sorbi (whose uncle needed to temporarily enter the country to donate bone marrow to his sick father), Tatsiana Peters (whose husband underwent cancer treatment while she worked out paperwork problems with her green card), and, with wife Blanca and daughter Regina, Hugo Santos (who continues to receive cancer treatment at an L.A. hospital after he had issues for two years extending his visa). Capps recognized some of them for recently becoming U.S. citizens. “We are a strong country because we have immigrants,” she said. “We are in a political season. Not everyone agrees [with that].”


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