New York--"Thanks for your support." That's what the Downstate New York Division of the Polish American Congress (PAC) told Congressman Joseph Crowley when its delegation met him at his local office in the Jackson Heights section of New York City.

Milewski, Crowley, SzarejkoShown at right with Rep. Crowley (center) are Frank Milewski (left), president of the N.Y. PAC and Chet Szarejko, chairman of the division's Political Activities Committee.

After the Visa Waiver legislation failed passage last year, Congressman Crowley became one of its co-sponsors when the bill was reintroduced in the new session of Congress in 2005.

At this moment the citizens of 27 countries are able to travel to the United States without needing a visa. With Poland a staunch ally of the U.S. with its own soldiers in Iraq, the Polish American Congress has been striving to make Poland number 28.

Rep. Crowley also assured the PAC he will vote in favor of granting posthumous U.S. citizenship to Revolutionary War hero General Casimir Pulaski. The hope is to have this honor become a reality within the next several months.

Military assistance from foreigners like Pulaski, Lafayette, Kosciuszko and von Steuben helped America win its War of Independence, according to the PAC's Szarejko. "But it was General Pulaski who made the supreme sacrifice when he was killed in battle fighting for the freedom of the American people. His grave is right here in America, not in Poland. As Americans, we would like to see him declared a U.S. citizen even at this late date," said Szarejko.

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