"Bruce, It is my pleasure to sign your petition! You are a great asset and enabler to our military community. During my tour as the Director of the Regional Intelligence Training Center at Camp Lejeune, I observed your lecture/training methods and found them superb! I get requests almost weekly for another iteration of your training; that speaks volumes about you and your program. If I can ever be of service to you or your family, contact me!" - Ben A. Torman, Regional Intelligence Training Center-East, Marine Corps Intelligence Schools, Camp Lejeune, NC 28540
"Dear Congresswoman Myrick, I am writing to ask for help regarding the immigration status of the Stewart family. Bruce Stewart is originally from South Africa and came to this country and started a very successful business teaching speed reading to the military and NASA. We came to know the Stewarts through their son Michael who is best friends with our own teenage son. Michael and his sister are both exceptional students and leaders in their schools. The Stewarts are our neighbors and friends. They have made numerous contributions to Charlotte and we feel that it is in the interest of our community that they be allowed to remain in the United States." Sincerely, Dr. Stephen Colucciello, MD, Head : ER, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
"I'm writing to thank you for agreeing to see Dianne and Bruce Stewart next week, regarding their immigration status. I have known the family over 4 years - both in business and personally - and they are tremendous assets to our Charlotte community and beyond, with Bruce's work with our Defense Dept. Please consider helping them to stay here legally - it's a travesty that Immigration has botched the handling of their situation. They give us more than they "take" and will be greatly missed in many areas if not allowed to stay. Thank you for listening to them next week. Steve and I continue to support your work in Washington and hope that you'll be able to help this family stay here - where they belong." Steve & Marsha P., Charlotte, NC
"I am writing in support of the Stewart family, originally from South Africa, who are scheduled to meet with you this coming Tuesday, November 15th. My wife, Elsa, is from South Africa, and became an American citizen in 2006. Elsa is a friend of Dianne Stewart and her family and has the highest regard for them. They are a moral, industrious, good Christian family who have worked hard to build a life and future for their family in America. They are very community minded and represent the best qualities of immigrants who have made our country great. We do not have a deep understanding of the legal or policy issues which impede their ability to remain in the USA and fully assimilate. Anything you can do to assist them to remain here and work toward ultimate citizenship would be greatly appreciated." Peter & Elsa S., Charlotte, NC
"Congresswoman Myrick: Thank you for granting the Stewarts an appoinment to discuss their immigration issue. It gives my husband Peter and I hope that something will be done to address the disservice done to many immigrants who are here legally, creating jobs and productive in many ways in the community, upholding the law, honoring the constitution and contributing in a big way to America's well-being. We are from Canada and have to renew our papers in the hope that we will be able to stay in Spenser TN. If not, on April 15, 2012 we will have to go back to Canada. We have invested almost $1 million over the past 11 years despite the fact that we may have to leave it all behind if we are not granted renewed visas. There are many in America who are here legally and who have to go through hoops to stay here. This is the reason why you have so many here illegally. They would rather live here illegally until they get caught than have to put up with the horrific red tape to ask permission. In the end, who gets persecuted? The righteous ones like the Stewarts. Please help them." Rachelle and Peter Talbot, Spencer, TN
"It is because of people like you that this world becomes a fair and just place to co-exist. You and your family are in my prayers." Helen P., Charlotte, NC
This video was made by a young man who we have never met, so he could share our story.
Thank you Zach Gearwar in Vermont for doing this for us!
[John Luke, you should be very proud of your son.]