Letting Simeon Simeonov In
Mother Davis has noted the shrinking of mainstream journalistic businesses, and suggested that small, independent news media has an increased responsibility for spreading information that the diminishing field of American journalism has not touched.
There are plenty of stories out there to be told. Yesterday, That’s My Congress found one of them. There’s a lot attention being given to the multibillion dollar bailout being pushed through Congress for the Detroit automotive corporations this week – and rightfully so. However, there are other things going on in Congress as well.
One curious little bill that was introduced into the House of Representatives a couple days ago was H. R. 7319. The bill was written by Illinois Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez for the exclusive benefit of just four people: Simeon Simeonov, Stela Simeonova, Stoyan Simeonov, and Vania Simeonova. The proposed law provides a special exception to immigration for just these people, allowing them to establish permanent legal residence in the United States the instant they enter U.S. territory.
Why? Who are these Simeonovs, anyway? That’s My Congress writes that the surname appears to be Bulgarian, and identifies some prominent Simeon Simeonovs, including a venture capitalist already working in the United States, the commander of the Bulgarian Air Force, and a board member of a Bulgarian real estate company who is accused of some sort of fraud.
I can find only a bit of information on the name Stoyan Simeonov. There is a popular soccer player by that name – but would we stretch the law just for the sake of soccer? Also, here’s a possibility on Facebook – but there are two other Stoyan Simeonovs on Facebook, and 58 Simeon Simeonovs listed.
Here’s a little bit more information to look at: In 2005, Danny Davis, another Democrat from Illinois, proposed H.R. 1484, a law that would have given special immigration privileges to someone named Stoyan Simeonov Stoyanov. Is this the same Stoyan Simeonov that Luis Gutierrez is trying to get special favors for?
If so, what’s the urgency? Does a Simeonov who needed special help to immigrate in 2005 really still need that special help three years later? A similar bill, H.R. 3649, was proposed for the sake of Stoyan Simeonov Stoyanov by Representative Davis in 2003. Has the need really been there for five years?
These Simeonovs clearly have political connections of some kind, but what kind of connections? What’s the Chicago link? Why did the Simeonovs switch from working through Danny Davis to working through the office of Luis Gutierrez, whose district is sandwiched by the Davis constituency?
The office of Luis Gutierrez is not responding to requests for information about the Simeonov bill. Why not?
This isn’t a huge story, but there is enough of a story to get the attention of two members of Congress over a five year period. It’s a little mystery on the public books, and it deserves some small explanation from somewhere.