We finally got the non-response to the Leffen Petition from the White House that thousands of signatories had wanted. Today’s first episode since this last impromptu break in podcasting production focuses on the message that we all received at about 1900 Eastern yesterday. I try not to get too political as far as left- or right-based opinions, but–from my experience–it’s difficult to not be skeptical about the government.
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With over 110k signatories at the time of this writing, the “Leffen” petition calling on the Obama administration to address the lack of equity given to international esports players looking to travel to the United States as professional athletes is safely in the “get a response from the White House” result.
While the government agency and the wider administration isn’t bound to grant the request at the heart of any of these petitions, it seems that most petitions that reach the 100k signatory threshold always get an answer of some sort, presumably from people in the executive branch of government, somewhere. Even petitions like the bluntly-named “secure your climate legacy by halting all new drilling, fracking, and mining on public lands and waters.” petition receive the obvious “hey, we’re tryin’ here” you’d expect out of an off-the-cuff comment from the President.
I dunno. Please, I don’t want to get political, here.
Even if the petition does not directly contribute to a policy change at USCIS that benefits esports, the community will get a response as to why some sort of immediate satisfaction might not be possible. I’d be kidding myself if I didn’t say I’d be pleasantly surprised that this petition would lead to a unilateral policy change, but that’s the sort of thing you can’t necessarily count out when you have an administration with a touch of senioritis.
Please, no political comments. I am pulling words out of the West Wing to try to light-heartedly make a point. Just don’t even. I can’t even, for sure, confirmed.
Leffen might have his papers in order, now, but the reasons that brought about the latest visa shuffle are real obstacles to smaller esports. In today’s episode of the lowercase esports podcast, I talk through the list of reasons (according to TSM) for the initial denial.
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