Real Immigrant Stories
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Citizen’s Wife Deported
I am a U.S.-born citizen. My wife is an illegal immigrant. Immediately after we got married we filled papers with INS (the I-130 and I-485). The I-130 was approved but the I-485 was denied. In September 2008 we received the deportation notice.
My family has fallen victim to deportation hearings.
My wife has lived here illegally for 9 years but has never broken any laws and she pays taxes. I am a U.S. citizen by birth and my wife and I have two children together who are also U.S. Citizens.
The Bush Administration let this happen by not renewing the 245i when it came up for renew in 2001.
My lawyer is very well paid to fight to keep my wife here. The Deportation hearing is on March 2nd 2009 in Philadelphia. Our lawyer says we don’t qualify for any relief from removal. My wife has 120 days from the hearing to depart the U.S. if we take the voluntary departure.
Once my wife returns back to Mexico we can file a waiver. The odds of anyone being granted approval to return to the U.S. at the interview at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico is not guaranteed. The typical wait for a waiver to be approved is at least one year. Waivers are denied more often than not. The ONLY exception to that is if the immigrant or the immigrant’s spouse have a medical condition that qualifies as an extreme hardship. If the waiver is one that qualifies as an extreme hardship then there is only a fifty percent chance of it being approved. Not if but when it is denied a minimum penalty of at least ten years is imposed before she can apply to reenter the U.S. legally.
How is a husband suppossed to willingly agree to a ten year separation from his wife? How are our children supposed to grow up without their mother? We are in desparate need to talk to anyone in the Obama administration who might be able to help our family stay together.
We have a seven year old son named Jhan and a three month old daughter named Shakira.
We need an immediate moratorium on all deportations that separate families. We need an immediate cancellation of all deportations that separate families until comprehensive immigration reform can be passed by Congress.
I sincerely hope my government doesn’t split up my family.
Illegal immigrants should not be deported if they do not have a criminal record and have children that are American Citizens or a spouse that is an American Citizen and are trying to follow the rules.
My wife and I file tax returns every year. She has never broken any laws.
I would pay a monetary penalty to keep my wife here legally. I’ve paid approximately ten thousand dollars in filling fees and lawyer fees. My wife and I just want to raise a family together. I thought that I had a birth right as an American that I would be able to marry any woman that I loved and live happily together with her.
American children should not have to go through the deportation process. It isn’t fair to them.
We want a cancellation of deportation order from the president for all families in our situation. If we wait until Congress acts on immigration reform it will be too late for our family.
We need an Executive Order from the President to temporarily suspend all deportations for families in our situation.