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Posted inCrime & Safety, Opinion

Op-ed: The Berkeley balcony tragedy and the American legal system

In recent days, much has been written about the tragic Berkeley balcony collapse and its victims – mostly Irish students visiting the United States on the U.S. government’s J-1 nonimmigrant visa. More than 150,000 Irish students have used the program for J-1 visas to visit the United States in the past 50 years, including 8,000 […]