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SF Can Have Stupendous Tunisian Food If Anyone Knows an Immigration Lawyer

Jim Leff | Jan 23, 200611:43 AM

Here's the offer.

On my last trip to SF, I discovered an illegal restaurant operated by a Tunisian woman. Each year, she flies to SF to visit her kids, and pays for the trip by cooking for the local Tunisian community in whatever venue she can work out. She's as great a chef as I've ever found...the equal of NY's Arepa Lady and Mina (my two faves). And the cuisine is fantastic and rare. And she's incredibly sweet, kind, and welcoming to outsiders. On my last trip there, I ate 6 of 8 meal slots in her place...often lunch and dinner in the same day (I can count the number of times I've done that - in my life - on one hand). It's stupendous. It's what we all want. I didn't post about it because, again, it was illegal. I didn't want to get them in trouble.

Here's the problem: her sons are in danger of deportation. These are the kindest, gentlest, most diligently hard-working people in the world. We need more people like them. And we need their mom here full time (she'd like to move here and cook).

If anyone can network to an immigration lawyer who might be willing to help pro bono to vastly improve SF's food culture (I'm sure they could go "on the meal plan" at the restaurant!), please email me. The sons surely know all the usual strategies re: immigration; they need serious hands-on legal help.

Alternatively, maybe we could take up a collection to hire a lawyer (I've heard figures upwards of $40/50K for top immigration help...any wealthy food lovers out there?). I cannot possibly express to you how thrilling her cooking is.


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