— Citizenship Lawyer (@ExpatriationLaw) July 7, 2016
This is a great video of our friend, supporter & advocate Professor Allison Christians, telling the story of “Tina” at the International Conference of Taxpayer Rights in Washington D.C., November 18-20 2015. After she has finished and sits down at the table, fellow panelist David Brunori asks
David Brunori: Thank you Allison. Allison, what happened to Tina?
Allison Christians: Well, I cut off the end because there’s not enough time but the end would have said, there’s no happy ending for Tina.
David Brunori: There’s no happy ending for Tina?
Allison Christians: There’s no way out.
David Brunori: She’s not gonna sneak across the border is she? and become a.. a…. nevermind, that’s a completely whole different story.
Hear it for yourself:
Fabien Lehagre posted the video at American Expatriates FB group and Mr. Brunori’s comment prompted some responses:
Laura Wilson The ending jocular frivolity after being presented with such an atrocity is beyond enraging. Was there a discussion amongst the panel after Allison’s presentation not included here?
Suzanne Iclef Herman Tina’s more likely to commit suicide than “sneak across the border”.
Elizabeth Bland The last speaker’s comment was completely uncalled for. He must be feeling mighty proud of himself.
Suzanne Iclef Herman The message? Tina should be more grateful because people are clamouring to be American citizens.
Laura Wilson Suzanne, are you aware of Allison’s thoughts on the reception her talk received especially by Nina Olson? It is beyond belief that they can hear Tina’s Story, the gross indefensible injustice of it all, and do NOTHING. Just a wee applause and done, move on, next talk. I believe that is called soulless.
Suzanne Iclef Herman Laura Wilson no, I haven’t discussed it with her. Allison spoke for my husband and me, so it’s personally hurtful to see what looks like a flippant attitude toward our’s and Tina’s plight.
Tom Paine These are tax professionals. Therefore they don’t have a soul. Also they are “dumb bunnies” because they can’t see that the U.S. treatment if Americans abroad is what is in store for the “dumb bunny” home landers.
John Hanson This will, if not corrected, turn millions into criminals in the eyes of the USA.
Suzanne Iclef Herman I was accepted into Streamlined, which means that the IRS acknowledges that my lack of previous compliance was not “willful” on my part. Where is their admission of negligence in informing millions like me?
John Hanson I sent this video to my MP. He won’t believe me, but maybe he’ll believe a tax lawyer.
Personally, my blood boiled when I heard it but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is I don’t like. If she’s already an American, how can he suggest she would somehow take advantage of the U.S. and “sneak across the border?” As if she would want to anyways; here again is that contemptuous assumption that ALL people want to come to the U.S. Her story makes it clear enough she does not think of herself as a U.S. citizen nor does she even once accept the idea. Did he even hear what Allison said? So before nominating David Brunori for the Brock Hall of Shame, I’d like to ask all of you, what do you think he means?