Friday, June 09, 2006

Dear Mr. President,

I am writing on behalf of Dr. Juan Ricardo Espinoza-Villarosa. Dr. Espinoza has been a pioneer in oncology, and he is widely credited with reducing the mortality rate of certain cancers by 70% in his native Honduras. For this achievement, he has received the highest recognition of the Ministry of Science.

In addition to his accomplishments in the world of science, he has been a tireless advocate for the orphans and the poor in the capital city of Honduras. His work has led to the construction of orphanages throughout the capital district, completely paid for by private industry, where young people can learn a trade and achieve self-sufficiency. Mother Theresa wrote to Dr. Espinoza-Villarosa that his work “is a testament to the power of love, inspired by humility and the teachings of Christ.”

Recently, he converted to Christianity, and as a result he has been ostracized in his predominantly Catholic community of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He believes that he could better continue his scientific work in the United States.

The reason I am writing is that Dr. Espinoza-Villarosa would like to emigrate with his wife of forty years. Theresa Espinoza has never worked outside of the home, except for some volunteer work that she did with orphans during the start-up stage of the first Tegucigalpa Orphanage. She was most inspirational to the youngsters because she has overcome her deafness to become a great spokesperson for the under-privileged and disadvantaged.

Naturally, Dr. Espinoza and his wife would like to become citizens of their adopted country. He is concerned that his wife may be disqualified because at this stage of her life it will be too difficult for her to learn to speak English.

On June 6th, in Laredo, Texas, you indicated that citizenship should be reserved for those who speak English. All of this is background to my request: Would it be at all possible for you to exert your influence with Prime Minister Tony Blair to assist Dr. Espinoza-Villarosa and his wife relocate to England, where it is hoped they will be more welcomed?

Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.

Very truly yours,

Big Mitch

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