Washington St. Asst Coach Bex Freebairn Can No Longer Work in US after Change in Visa Rules

Washington State assistant swim coach Bex Freebairn announced on Twitter she will be leaving her post with the team. The move wasn’t by choice, however, as Freebairn is originally from New Zealand, and her work visa will be expiring in the next few weeks.

Due to the worldwide travel restrictions and significantly slowed visa processing caused by COVID-19, as well as changes in worker visa policy from the U.S. government, Freebairn says that she was unable to get her work visa renewed, and therefore won’t be allowed to legally work in the U.S.

Freebairn posted a lengthy message announcing the news on Twitter:

Notice: there is coarse language in these Tweets.

Freebairn concludes her message by saying “I’ll be back”, seemingly indicating she plans to get her visa renewed as soon as she’s able to so she can return to work here in the United States.

Earlier this week, U.S. President Donald Trump temporarily suspended issuing new work visas to foreign workers. The new order will be in place at least until the end of the year and includes a variety of jobs, including those who enter the country under the H-1B visa for skilled workers, like coaches. Officials have estimated that this will keep as many as 525000 foreign workers out of the country between now and the end of the year.

Freebairn started with Washington State head coach Matt Leach back when he was the head coach at Indiana State, and remained on Leach’s staff when he took the job at Washington State. During the 2 seasons with the new coaching staff at Washington State, the Cougars have improved significantly. They had the program’s first NCAA qualifier in a decade, and have virtually rewritten their all-time top 10 in nearly every event. Additionally, and arguably most importantly, Washington State has ramped up their recruiting under Leach’s leadership, bringing in large recruiting classes for a program that had a very small roster just a few years ago.

She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

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Guerra
3 months ago

Sad news, but unfortunately the sign of times we’re living in right now. Bex seemed to be well liked and respected by her athletes and I hope she gets the opportunity to return soon.

Sam
3 months ago

it’s a miracle this country held up for 3.5 years without collapsing under this “leadership”, but every miracle comes to an end.

HuntleyJones
Reply to  Sam
3 months ago

It’s not like Sloppy Joe Biden would or could do any better…

Participant Ribbon
Reply to  HuntleyJones
3 months ago

Joe makes great deals with the Ukraine though 🙂

PARTICIPANT RIBBON
Reply to  Sam
3 months ago

Many countries have a visa requirement for foreign workers and they also impose quota/limits and need based requirements on how many workers are allowed. This isn’t something #45 made up and he does take a strong stance on giving preference to citizens.

David
Reply to  Sam
3 months ago

The “leadership” you mock led to the best economy in the history of the world for every demographic until COVID was unleased on the world . Facts are facts!

PARTICIPANT RIBBON
Reply to  David
3 months ago

Here are the unemployment stats to back that claim…..
https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/unemployment-rate
The US was down to 3.5% and I believe the lowest ever recorded was 2.50% in 1953

Swimpop
Reply to  PARTICIPANT RIBBON
3 months ago

And still that “leader” ran up an additional 2 trillion in debt, genius.

Okay...
Reply to  Swimpop
3 months ago

Let’s acknowledge that Obama was just a bad, if not worse, with spending. https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-national-debt-deficit-compared-to-obama-bush-clinton-2019-2

That’s my statement on that issue. At the end of the day, it’s terribly sad for this coach and these swimmers that Bex will not be able to return for this season. It’s going to be a tough transition for everyone, and adding politics to the mix serves no one. I wish her and this team the best of luck as they process the situation!

Ghost
Reply to  PARTICIPANT RIBBON
3 months ago

Do you realize that shutting down the economy was preventable if he dealt with pandemic quicker? South Korea never shut down and they have only had 300 deaths. Or at least if done sooner, many thousands would not have died! EU, Canada, SE Asia, Australia and NZ all have done a better job than US!
And now what is our unemployment rate!

Bossanova
Reply to  Ghost
3 months ago

The truth hurts but Trump is a failure. I really liked him at first because he was an outsider and a businessman, but he’s failed to deliver on pretty much everything! He hasn’t built the wall with Mexico paying for it. He hasn’t replaced Obamacare with something better. He hasn’t jailed Hillary. He hasn’t brought back coal and manufacturing. Honestly he seems most interested in tweeting insults above anything else. I won’t be voting for him again.

Hank Monroe
Reply to  Bossanova
3 months ago

I’m not sure I would say he failed on the wall. It was reported that as of Tuesday the US had constructed 216 miles on the souther border and forecasted 450 miles of construction by the end of the year. This is considerable due to the all the opposition he faced trying to do this. Now if he had no opposition and had failed to construct the wall then you might have a point. It’s also a fact that unauthorized entry has been declining for over a decade so these aren’t new policies by #45. While Trump has been consistent on this topic there are no shortage of sound bites and written stances by other politicians that have changed in… Read more »

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Hank Monroe
3 months ago

Hank, they’ll only find some other distraction to argue you on.

Because CNN, MSNBC, NYT, etc have conditioned them that orange man bad.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Ghost
3 months ago

Ghost, you should go back and review the criticism the POTUS got for the early actions he did take. Preventing flights from China and Europe wasn’t received well.

MarkB
Reply to  David
3 months ago

I can’t believe I’m doing this but David did say facts are facts: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-45827430
I stayed out of the US media since: a) I know that any citation from a US source will be jumped on by either side and b) I live in London now and like to see their take on our trials and tribulations.

Bossanova
Reply to  MarkB
3 months ago

Wrong. The vast majority of that is just reinforcing the previous wall. It’s nothing new. Trump failed to capitalize on a majority in both the senate and the house and now that he’s lost the house it’s convenient for him to blame his failures on the opposition party. It’s okay that you fell for his lies, I did too. Fortunately, I can admit it.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Bossanova
3 months ago

Reinforcement requires construction. The stories have been clear that it’s not all new construction and several miles needed updated. Hopefully nobody you know calls a house renovation construction. 😂

Bossanova
Reply to  Justin Thompson
3 months ago

Oh I must have forgotten that Trump ran on a platform of “We’re going to reinforce the wall we already have and Mexico is going to pay for it!”

Dude it’s okay that you got taken in by a con man. You can admit it.

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Bossanova
3 months ago

Dude, why are you attacking Trump on the wall? We have a sorry here where a swim coach could have gone classy and instead ended in getting political.

This story has almost nothing to do with Trump other than the fact that the coach brought him in to the story.

I’ll say it again: all countries have immigration rules. Ours are actually quite loose compared to many other countries.

Bear in mind that you brought up the wall.

Bossanova
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
3 months ago

The article mentions Trump so I brought up his many failures. When someone tried to defend him on one of them, I pointed out why they’re wrong. At least you know (somewhere in that Fox News addled brain) that he failed to deliver on the wall so you go with “why bring up wall?” and “all countries have immigrate law!”

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Bossanova
3 months ago

Not a Fox guy, although Tucker is good a lot of the time. I like the Hill Rising and Rubin Report much more.

Corbett Report also has some really good stuff.

I check CNN to see which insane thing they are preaching as wellZ

Bossanova
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
3 months ago

That’s cool I get all my news from the Stormy Daniels podcast

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  Bossanova
3 months ago

no wonder you’re so well informed on everything! I’ll have to put that one on my playlist.

TEDDYREECE
Reply to  David
3 months ago

FACTS ARE FACTS? Here are some facts for you, the US ranks 17th in the world for economic freedom, 15th in the world for healthcare, 26th for life expectancy, 19th in the world for happiness and 27th in the world for education. SO, the leadership you’re referencing, is not the best in the world in many instances. Even prior to COVID.

Hank Monroe
3 months ago

It’s unfortunate and shutting down large portions of the economy during Covid-19 had a far ranging impact. We have around 19.5 million workers in the US still claiming unemployment and last week new claims came in at 1.48 million . According to DHS we have around 600,000 H-1Bs and company’s like Facebook prefer H1Bs which make it hard for US graduates to obtain employment. Prior to Covid-19 unemployment was so low in the tech sector that it didn’t matter, but with the current unemployment rate now tough decisions are being made.