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View Diary: No amnesty for Arnold, he's an "illegal alien" (128 comments)

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  •  I think it comes down to what grounds he stated (1+ / 0-)
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    in his visa application. Under current law there are three general classes of athletic b-1's issued (see textbox), none of which would have applied to Arnolds situation.

    B-1 Visitors for Business - Specifically Permitted Activities Listed in the IFM
    IFM 15.4(b)(1)

    A professional athlete, such as a golfer or tennis player, who receives no salary or payment other than prize money for his or her participation in a tournament or sporting event;  

    An athlete or team member who seeks to enter the U.S. as a member of a foreign-based team in order to compete with another sports team (provided: the foreign athlete and the foreign sports team have their principal place of business or activity in a foreign country; the income of the foreign based team and the salary of its players are principally accrued in a foreign country; and the foreign based sports team is a member of an international sports league or the sporting activities involved have an international dimension);  

    An amateur team sports player who is asked to join a professional team during the course of the regular professional season or playoffs for brief try-outs (The teams may provide only for such expenses as round-trip fare, hotel room, meals, and other try-out transportation costs);

    I believe if we looked at the law as of 1968 when Arnold applied there may have been a class for "Olympic" amateurs. Before the waving of the strict amateur rules by the olympics, when athletes could receive no compensation whatsoever.

    My guess would be that those kind of athletes would be allowed to enter to train or compete under b-1 visas as long as they did not work .. my bet is that is what the they are referring to as a "select group" , and my next guess would be that's the provision Arnold entered under.

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