Newsarama's Seth Robison took a tongue-in-cheek look at how toughening U.S. immigration laws could effectively turn our alien super-heroes from resident to illegal. "Luckily, buried deep within the US Code is Title 8, Chapter 12, Subchapter II, Part II, Section 1184(i)(1)(A) is the definition of a “Specialty Occupation” that is required to earn a H-1B work visa and stay in the United States." How might this exemption effect the Manhunter from Mars?
Name: J'onn J'onzz a/k/a John Jones a/k/a Martian Manhunter
Place of Origin: Mars (Sol 4)
Illegal Entry Location/Date: Detective Comics #225 (1955)
Method of Entry: Communications/teleportation experiment resulting in the supposedly accidental death of an American citizen (see: Erdel, Dr. Saul)
Section 1184(i)(1)(A) Qualifications: Mr. J’onzz posses a volume of meta-human abilities, most alarming include inhuman strength, the power of flight, density control, shape-shifting and telepathy.
Recommendation of Immigration board: Since his illegal entry, Mr. J’onzz has used his abilities in a positive manner, serving society in both his ‘human’ and super-heroic guises. However, given the nature of his entry into the United States and the disturbing implications of his mind-control powers it is recommended that Mr. J’onzz undergo a period of probation and close observation at a secure facility before citizenship or an H-1B work visa is granted.
Who wrote that recommendation-- King Faraday? Well, given J'Onn's well documented anti-authoritarian paranoia, its good to see INS cut him a break.
To see how how other geek culture foreigners fared, check out the rest of Robison's article.