Apr 6th 2017 by offit400 • 6 Questions • 838 Points
Hi IAmA, We are : /u/fortherefugees-Marc (Marc-André Séguin), /u/4therefugees-Michael (Michael Simkin) and /u/fortherefugees-admin (Our volunteer sysdamin who prefers to stay anonymous, but you can call me E.).
Marc Will be here from 1:30 to 2:30 EST
You can ask questions in English or French Vous pouvez poser vos questions en français aussi
Marc and Michael are immigration lawyers, /u/fortherefugees-admin is a Sysadmin/SRE
When Edward Snowden left the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong, his lawyer, Robbert Tibbo, kept him safe by hiding him with asylum seekers.
This came to light with the release of the Oliver Stone movie, 'Snowden'.
We're trying to help get these brave refugees to Canada. They also are forbidden from working in Hong Kong, and have had their funding cut by the Hong Kong government.
Our site is https://fortherefugees.com
Our donation page is https://fortherefugees.com/donate/
My Proof: Our site: https://fortherefugees.com/reddit-ama-verification/
We've Been tweeted about and have been on the news:
Do you think a massive outbreak of a VPD, with fatalities, is inevitable in the US at this point? If so, what disease do you think is at biggest risk for this?
Side note: I consider you to be on the list of our American heroes! To look at my two young children and know they were spared the horrors of rotavirus, is an amazing feeling. Thank you so much for all you have done, and continue to do!
Why do you believe that they would be tortured or killed in their home countries? Has the US been pressuring those countries to make these people disappear?
I don't think it would be a massive outbreak. Rather, I think it would be like what's been happening with measles in the last couple of years. Small outbreaks followed by people who had originally chosen not to vaccinate now scared of the disease and choosing to get vaccines. I think that's exactly what happened during the Disney outbreak in southern California.
You can read the stories of our clients here:
We've also had reports that the Sri Lankan CID has been searching for our clients (see: http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2073439/hong-kong-asylum-seekers-who-sheltered-edward-snowden-fear)
Hello. Just wondering- what work do you do outside of bringing the refugees to Canada?
I'm a Systems Engineer/SRE/DevOps/Security guy (I wear many hats). I work remotely for a Y Combinator startup. I'd say which one, but we are a small org, so I'd be immediately identified. Management here is pretty sympathetic to this cause, and has been more than generous in letting me spend some time helping.
Marc and Michael are lawyers
Want to bring a Norwegian over? Hehe after i had to move from Canada back to Norway after my visa expired nothing has really felt the same(Also got my best friends and girlfriend over there). Don't get me wrong, Norway is beautiful and nothing to complain about. But it feels like it is not the place for me if that makes any sense. Regardless of that, from what i can see you guys are doing great work. And i highly respect what you guys do.
Is there any immigration lawyer i could contact by the way?
My pediatrician, Milton Markowitz. It was amazing that he was in private practice. Later in his career he wrote the definitive text on rheumatic fever and then became chairman of the department of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Usually academic pediatricians aren't in private practice. I just caught him at the right time. Good thing, too, he diagnosed my ruptured spleen when other doctors had missed it.
Thanks for your comments and question.
I'll preface this with IANAL, but I can speak to my personal experiences.
I've gone through the process to obtain a study permit, then a work permit, then a PR. Assuming you have needed skills and a clean criminal background, it's mostly a bureaucratic hassle if you are from a first world country (like Norway). You also have to do an English or French test to get your PR. I didn't use a lawyer.
The new express entry system for PR is, imho, pretty great. I was for example eligible for PR under the CEC and FSW classes, and with one application I was considered for both, and ended up coming in under the FSW class.
It's much, much better than the paper forms you used to have to fill out, imho.
They've also been modifying the criteria to make it more accommodating/reasonable, I see.
If you want to move to Quebec, the process is different, so I can't comment on that because I don't know. (I don't speak french at all, so Quebec was never an option I considered)
Overall, I'd say you don't necessarily need a lawyer, but if you still want one after my response, I can link to Marc's firm (or, you know, you can google his name from the bio, and add 'immigration lawyer' ;) ), assuming the mods approve of that.
Hi, Dr. Offit! Love your books. Do you think we're making headway against the anti-vaccine movement?
Yes. Definitely. 10 years ago the media covered this story as if there were two sides, even though only one was supported by the science. Not true anymore. You rarely hear the voices of the anti-vaccine leaders in mainstream media. Oddly, I think in some ways Andrew Wakefield was good for science. It wasn't that he was only wrong, he was fraudulent and wrong. The anti-vaccine groups attached themselves to his star and crashed and burned with him. No one likes a fraud.