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Re: [Debian-NYC] DebConf10 pre-proposal: New York City

David Moreno wrote:
> Most of the people potentially coming from outside the US just to
> attend the conference are specifically non-immigrants. The issues with
> immigration are a bit deeper and different than just for people
> touring and wandering for a few weeks. And well, from my point of
> view, it is always harsh to get through security points entering the
> country from Houston as from New York, just like getting to Europe via
> France or the UK (as from my own experience).

Yes, I do not deny this. But I do remember, correct me if I am wrong,
that several Debian hackers were denied entry or visas to Mexico,
specifically young males with muslim/arab (sorry I lack the right term
in english) name or background or etnicity, as Mexico was somewhat a
South border to the US, or so I remember it.

I believe, if I am not completely wrong, which I'd love to be, this
should be more deeply investigaded.

On the plus side, the dollar is getting quite cheap and that should make
stuff much easier for sponsorship and for attendants's access to basic
needs while in NYC.

Also, just for the sake of clarity:
<Clint> amaya: was $Obama a typo or a clever insult of some kind?
<amaya> Clint: i meant $winner_in_the_upcoming_election which i believe
equals to Obama, nothing more

I do not mean to discourage Debconf in NYC, I just meant to be prompt in
sharing the huge concerns I have been witness to in a lot of Debconf
Team meetings and with the Debconf Choice of Venue familiarity that I
have gained with the years. People are not happy to travel to the US,and
special effort is needed to address this concern, that's all I really
meant to say.

Heads up to Debconf at NYC!

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