Vet's wife faces deportation
Not sure about the rest of you, but I find this NUTS! She was clearly well below the age of responsibility when brought here illegally at 6yrs old. To top it off, I'd say her husband has more than paid for his family's right to stay. How many others are in the same predicament?
Iraq veteran's wife faces deportation - 10/27/09 - Los Angeles-Southern California-LA Breaking News, Weather, Traffic, Sports - abc7.com
By Subha Ravindhran
VAN NUYS, Calif. (KABC) -- Like many other soldiers, a Southland-based Iraq war veteran is fighting post-traumatic stress disorder. But he's also facing a bigger battle trying to keep his young family together, as his wife faces deportation.
Twenty-six-year-old Army Specialist Jack Barrios can barely talk about the time he served in Iraq.
"I'll skip talking about that," he said.
But what he can speak about is the battle his family is going through now.
His wife, 23-year-old Frances, is an undocumented immigrant and faces deportation back to Guatemala. According to the L.A. Times, Frances was brought to the U.S. illegally by her mother when she was 6 years old, but did not learn of her status until she was in high school. She learned last year that removal proceedings have been started.
"I'm pretty sad and angry that we're going to get separated," Jack said.
Not only will 3-year-old Mathew and 1-year-old Allanna be separated from their mother, but Jack will also lose his main caretaker.
Since he returned from Iraq in 2007, he's been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
"He was an outgoing person, and he used to like being outside with his friends and have a good time," Frances said. "When he came back, he shut down. It wasn't him."
The Barrioses' attorney Jessica Dominguez said hundreds of veteran families now find themselves in this predicament, and that the chances of keeping Frances in the U.S. are slim.
"It's just mind-boggling to try to understand that in a situation like this, Mr. Barrios cannot be assured that his family will stay together because immigration laws do not protect the sanctity of his family at this point," Dominguez said.
Jack gets up at 3 a.m. everyday and works two jobs to support his family.
This couple can only hope they'll get to stay together.
"She's my soul mate, and she's a part of me, and we can't function without each other," Jack said.
It will be up to a judge to decide whether Frances will be returned back to Guatemala. The hundreds of veterans facing the same issue hope that the new immigration reform bill to be introduced into Congress next year will help them out.
A great example of how it is all messed up
Duke, don't you think your story here is a great example of how badly the process is all messed up?
Originally Posted by dukalmighty
You get separated from your spouse for most of 3 years, yet a little logic and thought would reveal that the inevitable outcome will be that your wife moves here, obtains citizenship. Should the law provide a streamlined process?
So, what purpose gets served by INS (or whatever they are called)
screwing with you and dragging the process out?
Congress and the courts have created a whole complex of inconsistent irrational immigration regs which in the end don't keep unwanted migrants out, and simultaneously make things difficult for decent people who fall through one or the other of many pot holes in the law.
Since the first encounter most foreign nationals have with the US is through immigration officers, we shame ourselves by not putting forward rational and fair processes.
There needs to be some more leeway for humanitarian purposes and considerably less advantage to the outright conscious illegal migrant who willfully and knowingly breaks the law. A girl brought here when she was 6 years old doesn't fit my definition of a knowing and willful lawbreaker.