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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Joel Peralta detained at airport and misses Dodgers fan fest -

Joel Peralta detained at airport and misses Dodgers fan fest -

The immigration nightmare that Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Joel Peralta recently endured is a strong example of why major league ballplayers always should carry their own baseball cards for identification.
Peralta and his wife were stopped at the Miami International Airport for six hours this past Friday night because the ICE official handling their entry from the Dominican Republic into the United States found Peralta's visa to be insufficient for "signing autographs" at the Dodgers fan fest. For activities like that, Peralta needed a work visa, instead of the 10-year visitor's visa he carried. If it sounds like a distinction without a difference, you're not alone, but when the season comes around, players residing in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere do need work visas. But this is a fan fest.
Peralta's agent, Mark Gilling, told J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News that, as a result of the delay, Peralta was unable to attend.
They stayed in a cell at the airport for six hours, Gilling said, until "another guy eventually came over and recognized him and said, 'You can let him through.' "
By then, it was 1 o'clock in the morning. The Peraltas were unable to get a flight to Los Angeles in time for FanFest, so they caught a flight home instead.
Gilling said that Peralta is getting his work visa today in the Dominican and won't miss the start of spring training.
So frustrating. If only Peralta had brought his own baseball card with him, the issue might have been settled much more quickly. Click the link above to read the rest of the story....

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