Theivanai Balanchandran , a Sri Lankan citizen, has been refused a six-month visa to enter the U.K.
"Well," you may ask, "what's so noteworthy about that?" After all, it is local election season here in the fifty-first State of the U.S.A. and immigration officials have doubtless been warned in confidence by the Government not to let anyone from South Asia even speculate about the merest possibility of visiting the U.K.
But I digress.
Returning to my absurd little tale, Theivanai Balanchandran was denied a six-month visa to enter the U.K.
Let us ask "On what grounds? Why was she denied? What was so terrible about her that she could not be permitted to set foot in the U.K.?"
Well, her home was damaged by the tsunami that struck in late December last year. So consular officials thought that she might be coming to the U.K. to try and improve her living conditions.
Also, she lives in an area harshly affected by civil war and she is Tamil. Apparently "The war has created a strong pressure to emigrate and this is most keenly felt by people from the Tamil community."
So in other words, because Theivanai Balanchandran has lived through both a civil war and a tsunami, she cannot get a visa to visit the U.K. I don't know about you, but the last I heard, tsunamis weren't contagious.
Well, why did she want to visit the U.K., leaving her husband and children behind her?
She wanted to visit her family in the U.K. Specifically she wanted to visit her daughter-in-law, Suthakaran Lalitharani, in order to give her a priceless gift. Suthakaran Lalitharani has end-stage renal failure. She urgently needs a kidney transplant, but she has a rare blood type and none of her relatives in the U.K. are compatible. Theivanai Balanchandran has been identified as a compatible donor and was coming to the U.K. in order to donate one of her kidneys.
Theivanai Balanchandran's visa application clearly stated this, and moreover, the hospital treating Suthakaran Lalitharani provided supporting evidence, but immigration officials refused her anyway.
Do you imagine for even a moment that this would ever have happened had Suthakaran Lalitharani's mother-in-law had white skin and/or New Zealand or Australian citizenship?
But of course immigration regulations have nothing to do with racism . . .
Yeah right. Look up in the sky. The pigs are flying south for the summer.