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Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Are immigration reforms targeting entertainment visas effective?


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Jennifer Toews
Teaching, 29
It's important to look at who's bringing in these people. The main point should be cracking down on who is importing people, rather than who is being imported.

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Erik Anderson
Software support, 22
I think the industry will find a way through regardless of how many hoops they need to jump through. They aren't following the rules very closely now, so they probably wouldn't follow any new laws.

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Kaori Wantanabe
Sales, 25
If the Filipinos aren't causing a problem or doing anything wrong, then it's not a problem, though it's not a bad idea to have more stringent restrictions.

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Rob Ralph
Teaching, 25
If they tighten the laws, it'll slow down human trafficking, but it's a temporary solution. It'll make it harder for legitimate entertainers to get a visa. It won't stop unless they change the laws for the people who bring them in.

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Yumiko Ralph
Design, 28
I met a couple of Filipinos who came here so they could find a Japanese husband. They told me they don't love their husbands, but they can send money back home to their families.

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Toma Billet
Import/export, 25
There will still be illegal immigration. The laws should be changed for the people who make a profit from this industry -- the yakuza. Hurting the little people isn't going to stop the big bosses.



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