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Mashup Artist "Pogo" Deported for Touring without Authorization

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Mashup artist Nick Bertke, stage-name Pogo, has run into a little trouble.  It appears he was touring in the United States after being admited under the Visa Waiver Program when he inadvertently drove near the Peace Bridge, Buffalo, New York port of entry.

USCBP held him at secondary inspection for three hours, determined he violated the terms of his status, which he admits to, and then issued a removal order under INA §§ 217 and 237(a)(1)(C)(i) for working without authorization.

It looks like he was then taken to Allegheny County Jail in Belmont, New York where he was presumably held for three weeks prior to his removal.  A bit harsh, no?

Pogo has created a petition on the White House website asking that he be allowed to return to the country.

From his twitter feed it appears that he has already contacted an immigration lawyer that has advised him of the legal process required to obtain permission to reapply for admission within the lifespan of the order, as well as the steps necessary to obtain a proper working visa.

I'll keep you posted if I hear anything.

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