From the Huffington Post
As reported by the Wall Street Journal in the above video, an increasing number of immigrants from Mexico, Central America and South America have found their green card applications denied. The reason? U.S. officials maintain they pose a security threat as the tattoos are symbols of criminal gang affiliation.
But many immigrants deny this, stating that their tattoos are ornamental -- no different than the tattoos sported by thousands of people in U.S. cities -- and that their treatment conflicts with the First Amendment right to freedom of expression.I'm not really sure about their legal case, but I am pretty sympathetic to the US government denying visas to applicants from Mexico and Central America who are marked by gang tattoos. I would say that their applications require extra scrutiny rather than outright rejection, but I'm not sure that the US has the manpower and expertise to be able to distinguish threatening versus non-threatening tattoos.
I can't imagine that it would be