Harry Reid solves immigration problems… for one boxer

posted at 10:01 am on August 2, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

This isn’t what I’d imagine you’d call a comprehensive immigration solution, but never let it be said that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn’t thinking about immigration issues. While the Senate was preparing to head out of town on vacation, Reid remained busy solving one person’s problems with crossing the border. Argentinian boxer Diego Chaves needed to get into the country for a fight this weekend and the whole event was on the verge of being scrapped because of his inability to get a visa. Harry Reid to the rescue!

Between managing a busy pre-recess agenda, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., squeezed in some help for a boxer who needed a visa to be able to fight in the United States this weekend.

Reid, a former boxer and avid fan of the sport, saved the day for Argentinian Diego Chaves, set to face off against Brandon Rios as the chief supporting bout of a split-site HBO card with Rios-Chaves headlining the part of the show at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Earlier this week, promoter Top Rank canceled a conference call with the boxing reporters to hype the bout, and news broke about Chaves’ visa troubles. Top Rank’s Bob Arum told Yahoo! on Wednesday, “When we became aware of this, we immediately called Sen. Reid’s office,” he said. “Christina Martinez from his office is assigned to these type of problems and she really worked hard. She got the State Department to cut through everything and got the visa issued.”

Details on Chaves’ personal situation are tough to come by, and Bleacher Report simply referred to it by saying the fighter was experiencing issues. My own contacts in the sport are limited, but one insider I asked about it simply referred to Chaves as “controversial.”

Still, he manged to get head of the line privileges for a travel visa thanks to Reid. Was this just because Reid is a long time fan of the sport? Or possibly because the fight is taking place in his home state and it means some additional cash for Las Vegas? Or could it be something else? Reid is well known for hand to hand politicking, and he likes to do favors. Also, he gets a lot of support from those who make their living promoting such events. It was widely reported back in the day that Reid was poking his nose into pending federal regulations of boxing and accepted free tickets to several fights while said legislation was under consideration. He obviously has a history with the folks inside the sport.

No matter the reason, it’s clearly good to have friends in high places and the fight is on for tonight.


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Did he get a teddy bear?

Cliff by the Ford on August 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM

so if the do nothing state department won’t act Reid will do it alone.

phatfawzi on August 2, 2014 at 10:07 AM

But God forbid he lifts a finger to help the jailed Marine in Mexico.

bernzright777 on August 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

If the fight were held in, say, Atlantic City, fuggedaboudit.

Steve Eggleston on August 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

But God forbid he lifts a finger to help the jailed Marine in Mexico.

bernzright777 on August 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Mexico is likely to hold that marine as a bargaining chip.

That’s how things are done nowadays…

Citizens need to keep up the pressure for his release.

workingclass artist on August 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Citizens need to keep up the pressure for his release.

workingclass artist on August 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I think a group of dedicated Marines should free-lance over a weekend and head to Mexico to hone their urban warfare/hostage rescue skills.

BobMbx on August 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Citizens need to keep up the pressure for his release.

workingclass artist on August 2, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I think a group of dedicated Marines should free-lance over a weekend and head to Mexico to hone their urban warfare/hostage rescue skills.

BobMbx on August 2, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Unfortunately the governor of his state is Jerry Brown…so not much help there…

workingclass artist on August 2, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Never could stand that creep Bob Arum. I heard once that he was Harvard Law, but he was always outdone by that hitman from Cleveland. When he and Pacquiao rallied for that obnoxious a-hole “The Body” Reid, Manny was dead to me. His career path went on a downward trajectory ever since.

fitzfong on August 2, 2014 at 10:25 AM

‘But that’s not fair’- in my best whiny liberal effeminate voice.

CW on August 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM

“On July 8, Hunter and Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., sent a letter to Escobedo, imploring him to take into consideration the circumstances surrounding his accidental entry into Mexico.

“We believe the evidence supports Andrew’s claim that he mistakenly entered into Mexico,” wrote the congressmen. “One of the most compelling pieces of evidence is a 911 call Andrew made at the border checkpoint, where he stated he was unaware of his location.”

Joe Kasper, deputy chief of staff for Hunter, said the lawmakers wanted to show Tahmooressi has overwhelming support across the border, and that the case is being tracked very closely.

“The letters will be used by the lawyers to show the deep support for Andrew and that quick resolution is important in the interest of the broader U.S.-Mexico relationship,” Kasper said.

The delays in his case were precipitated by multiple changes in his defense team. Since April 28, Tahmooressi has had three defense attorneys, including Benitez.

“We’re confident we finally have the right attorney for Andrew’s case,” Jill Tahmooressi said.

Despite the apparent sincerity of Tahmooressi’s mistake, there is a likelihood the case will run its course, according to Benitez….”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/07/09/after-100-days-in-mexican-prison-marine-sgt-tahmooressi-to-get-day-in-court/

workingclass artist on August 2, 2014 at 10:27 AM

liberal effeminate voice

Sorry for the redundancy.

CW on August 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Kudos to Sen. Sessions, a statesman and Constitution advocate.
He has offered a challenge to Reid and his cowardly followers.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/384417/time-choosing-sessions-looming-daca-fight-nro-staff

onlineanalyst on August 2, 2014 at 10:28 AM

“Benitez said he will be concentrating on the fact that Tahmooressi was held at the border by the Mexican military for some seven hours before being formally charged.

A spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington said that Tahmooressi was neither in a Marine uniform nor on official duty when he crossed into Mexico.

“In Mexico, as in the United States, ignorance of the law, error, or failure to understand the consequences of violating the law do not exempt individuals from responsibility, regardless of intention,” said a factsheet on Tahmooressi’s case provided by Ariel Moutsatsos Morales Basilio.

He said in Mexico, unlike in the United States, there is no prosecutorial discretion, and that once a prosecutor has enough evidence to suggest that a crime was committed, he or she is obligated by law to prosecute….”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/07/09/after-100-days-in-mexican-prison-marine-sgt-tahmooressi-to-get-day-in-court/

workingclass artist on August 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Crony pugilism

faraway on August 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

How much of the gate does Harry get?

formwiz on August 2, 2014 at 10:36 AM

This is the perfect example of the Democratic/fascist way of life we can look forward to in America;
oppressive regulations to keep the lumpen proletariet in line, with plenty of carve-outs and gracious exceptions made for those in the favor of the ruling elites.

American Marine in Mexican prison = meh, so what. Maybe later.
Central American boxer with “issues” needs a visa for gig in Vegas = we’re on it, baby!

Dolce Far Niente on August 2, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Meanwhile as children die trying to cross the border Harry goes on vacation.

Herb on August 2, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Harry Reid …aka The Cadaver

darwin on August 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Meanwhile as children die trying to cross the border Harry goes on vacation.

Herb on August 2, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Harry Reid is practicing the same tactics as Hamas,using the dead bodies of children and women to further his political agenda.

oscarwilde on August 2, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I guess old fighty whitey was briefly a boxer, but I thought it worked the other way and boxers were for covering your harry reid. Instead Harry Reid is supporting some strapping young jock.

Flange on August 2, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Another visa story: an illegal alien murdered a Chinese grad student walking home from USC after midnight. His buddies beat him with a wrench and a bat, for a wallet, I believe. His parents had to wait a week to come from China because of visa problems, while the killer roamed the streets of L.A for years.

They should have come over the southern border.

PattyJ on August 2, 2014 at 11:01 AM

FOUR MONTHS!!!

And still not even a phone call? I spit. (and I never spit)

ncinca on August 2, 2014 at 11:02 AM

“Corruptocrats are corrupt. Film at 11.”

Akzed on August 2, 2014 at 11:05 AM

That’s why we elect these guys…for the important things..

celt on August 2, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Reid, a former boxer and avid fan of the sport, saved the day for Argentinian Diego Chaves, set to face off against Brandon Rios as the chief supporting bout of a split-site HBO card with Rios-Chaves headlining the part of the show at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Dingy Harry should be described as “a victim of the sport”, since he has the same ailment that Muhammad Ali has, -Parkinson’s Disease brought on by repeated blows to the head.

slickwillie2001 on August 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Reid is as phony as a $3 bill. If all of us that ever boxed in high school claimed to be boxers the country would be overrun by boxers, It appears he had a few obscure matches in high school, coached by a high school teacher with no personal boxing experience. These phony politicians always believe it is cool to act tough. Take a hike Harry.

rplat on August 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

the District of Corruption … is not a name unearned.

Smegley on August 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Meanwhile, we have an American soldier sitting in a Mexican jail for a “hiccup”, and a bunch of Senators sitting on their @sses…

right2bright on August 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Man, I would like to get 5 minutes in the ring with the jackass Reid. I can only dream.

mouell on August 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I was hoping the Boxer was Barbara. :(

Alberta_Patriot on August 2, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Details on Chaves’ personal situation are tough to come by…

Including how much Reid or a family member pocketed as payola from boxing promoters to make this happen, I presume.

Midas on August 2, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Meanwhile as children die trying to cross the border Harry goes on vacation.

Herb on August 2, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Why do Democrats hate Hispanics? It’s as though they want brown children to die.

*channels his inner anti-Guttierez*

Midas on August 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Too many blows to the head for the boxer Harry Reid explains many things.

RJL on August 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

If they were ‘trafficked’ it was against their will. Being children that would be the case when there is no parent or legal guardian with them. Indeed if they were ‘trafficked’ by others, then these children were put into a system to which they cannot assent as they are not adults, ‘trafficked’ by adults for pay, and now you want to make them citizens against their will because they are children and cannot assent to THAT either.

How about we ship these children back to their home Nations to be reunited with their parents after they get an interview by THEIR government to help stop these slavers? Why would anyone want to be a part of a system that enslaves children, puts them at risk and does not seek to repatriate them and reunite them with their parents or legal guardians, if their parents are found unfit to be parents by their government?

A kind and compassionate Nation would seek to reunite families at home, to notify governments that they have a child enslavement system at work, and then ask if they want help in ending their human trafficking problem. Doing ANYTHING ELSE including MAKING THEM CITIZENS OF A FOREIGN NATION is TAKING PART in HUMAN SLAVERY. And we have a Constitutional Amendment AGAINST THAT.

As for these children being from ‘poor families’: the poor cannot afford the cost to send even a child to a foreign land. That is beyond their means when they must have OTHERS do that for them and then THEY are putting their children into a system to which the children cannot give CONSENT. That is for those children who are being enslaved by their parents and those parents are not the poor but those with some means… unless the ‘poor’ are getting paid to put their children into slavery. That is only our problem IF and ONLY IF the native government of those people seeks our HELP in ending slavery in their Nation. We have no right to force children to become citizens of our Nation and even when families come legally their children are given temporary dual citizenship until the age of majority so that they can make that ADULT and CONSENTING decision of which Nation they want to be a citizen of.

Doing ANYTHING else is evil.

A kind and compassionate Nation would not seek to become part of an enslavement system, particularly after the Civil War and passing an Amendment against it. Yet that is what is happening and it is disgusting that politicians will stand up and represent involuntary citizenship changes and enslavement of minors as a GOOD THING.

Perhaps someone should ask black Americans what they think of having children taken from their homes and carted off to a foreign land to be subject to its laws without giving consent or assent to it, because they are children and cannot do so. I do wonder what the answer would be.

ajacksonian on August 2, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Schadenfreude on August 2, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Reid is well known for hand to hand politicking, and he likes to do favors.

Hey, Harry: Do me a favor and resign.

LegendHasIt on August 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Reid always looks out for his constituents: Nevada casinos.

Jingo95 on August 3, 2014 at 12:48 AM