David Feherty Proud To Be An American
By Kickntrue on 2/24/10
After years of living in the United States as a green card holder, tv golf analyst David Feherty is now an American citizen. While this may not normally be news- I think it's pretty cool because of Feherty's unabashed support for the USA, especially his love for wounded military.
What pushed the outspoken Irishman to finally become a citizen? A visit to Baghdad to visit U.S. troops two years ago.

The 51-year-old former touring pro had a flashback to his childhood in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where bombings and barricades were common as the Catholic minority fought British rule. Baghdad became an epiphany for Feherty, who witnessed compassion and restraint there.

"I wanted to be able to call them my soldiers, my pilots, my sailors," said the Dallas resident, a former citizen of the United Kingdom. "I have the benefit of living in this country and it is maintained by them. ... Thomas Jefferson said we need soldiers and teachers, and it is as true now as it was then."
We're glad to have you Mr. Feherty.

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Swingem says:
That video clip-Prophetic!
2/24/10
 
Kickntrue says:
wow... didn't even think of that when i posted it. funny.
2/24/10
 
bducharm says:
Feherty is AWESOME and I am proud to have him as my countryman!!! Way to go David - you support the troops and ROCK!!!
2/24/10
 
activesense says:
I can apply for my US citizenship in July of this year. Been here in MN since September 04 and dealt with miles of red tape, forms, interviews and other immigration obstacles. Not to mention the expense of filing each piece of paper with the INS. I don't condone or support the actions of illegal immigrants, but if you can get away with it, it is considerably easier and cheaper than jumping through the hoops to become a legal immigrant and soon citizen.
Good for you David, we should get together for drinks and talk about form I-130 and compare green card pictures.
2/24/10
 
Matt F says:
@activesense - I just got mine last Friday (02/19 - 2 days after my birthday). What a relief not having to deal with the uscis anymore or give them any more money.

Matt
2/25/10
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
Feherty is a gentleman-and-a-half. Golf in the U.S. is much better off for having him here.

@activesense: I hope your application sails through; my brother-in-law (also here in Saint Paul) is an immigration attorney who's seen some strange and headache-inducing cases. Can I assume you spend some time at Mississippi Dunes?

mwfaith1971: Do you now have your full citizenship and are totally done with the process? I've heard that it can take longer than it's taking the Demons to return to the Grand Final.
2/25/10
 
activesense says:
@ Torlief Sorenson, I have played the dunes course once and it was too much for my 36.4 HC rating so I honing my skills at Thompson Oaks Muni in West St Paul. I hit Afton Alps now and then just for the workout on the back 9. I do look forward to revisiting the Dunes with a stronger and hopefully more reliable swing in 2010.

On the topic of attorneys, we got one after the immigration services closed my case for abandonment. Turns out they mailed my notification interview letter to the wrong address so I knew nothing about it !?!?! My attorney was Vince Martin of Cundy and Martin...is either your brother in law? (Could be a small world...)
2/25/10
 
Matt F says:
@ Torleif Sorenson, I have my full citizenship and am done with the process. I must have just had good luck with all my immigration stuff. Sailed through the process and the citizenship took 3 1/2 months from mailing in the forms...they're quoting 6 months. All without having to engage an attorney.

Matt
2/26/10
 
activesense says:
You got lucky Matt.
My timing was bad I guess, with the backlash from 9/11 in 2001, I married an American in 2002 and started the application then. It took 2 years for my spousal visa to clear then another 3 years for my green card to arrive. I have to wait 3 years before I can start the citizenship paperwork (July 2010) so another 6 months is nothing...gives me time to learn the presidents in chronological order for the exam.
2/26/10
 
Matt F says:
Active, Your conditional permanent residency goes towards the 3 years married to a US citizen, so if your timeline is right, you can apply right now and probably could have 2 years ago.

I got married in 2005, changed my status in Feb 2006 to conditional permanent resident, got conditions removed in 2008, filed the paperwork for citizenship in Oct 2009 and sworn in as a citizen in Feb 2010.

Matt
2/28/10
 
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