reply to post by soulpowertothendegree
Well, I have a wee bit of an issue with what is going on in regards to the undocumented immigrants within this country. But it has nothing to do with
racism, or trying to prevent people from improving their lives or anything that I would consider harsh and unreasonable towards any group of people.
Here is my issue. I am a legal US Citizen based on the laws that have been in effect since the US was formed, one branch of my family entered the US
in the 1600's and lived peacefully as settlers with Pocahontas's great grandson, so it doesn't appear from my research that my family line arrived,
killed the natives and raped the land, but then that was a long time ago and I could be wrong. Anyway......my issue.
I have been married since 2002 to a man I met in Canada, I was completely naive regarding the immigration laws in the country because I like many
people who have never had to deal with it thought that marriage automatically granted the spouse lawful status and we just needed to let the
government know, file a paper or something. When I went to do that we were unpleasantly surprised at what was required. Reading through the process I
discovered that I could not meet one of the requirements at that time. I was in the process of changing careers and my income was not sufficient for
the required proof of support, which would automatically trigger a denial if we tried to file anything at all at that time. So he left until I was
able to meet the requirements, filed the application for a K3 visa for him, and waited as he went through the background checks, medical exams,
biometrics, police reports and eventually a consulate interview granting him a visa. He finally was able to come home in 2006, in 2008 we had saved
enough for him to apply for an adjustment of status application $1020.00 so we did and waited for the interview date. Unfortunately I ended up
suffering some health issues and when our appointment letter arrived I was in intensive care with a broken hip, and we missed our interview so they
denied our application as abandoned, so we had to file a motion to reopen, which was I think $585.00 and then wait. In 2010 they approved the motion
and scheduled a new biometrics check for my husband, then we waited for the interview. All this time he was not allowed a valid work permit so if he
did accept employment anywhere it would trigger an automatic ban on our petition so like good law biding citizens we waIted, and waited and waited.
calling around every 6 months to check on the progress all the way up to January 2012 when I requested a status update so I would have some tangible
paperwork on this and we were informed that our case was still being processed try contacting them again in 6 months if we heard nothing so we waited
and at the 7 month mark we got 3 letters from them, one reopening our case?? one denying our motion to reopen since that did it one their own, and
one denying our petition because they supposedly scheduled an interview in 2010. We presented them with the paper work showing that in Jan 2012 our
case was still being processed and applied for another motion to reopen and they denied it stating we could reapply. By then those fee's were up to
1070.00 and we're still waiting, and if he works they will deny our petition and ban him from the country.
It's not fair that I have had to go through all this, prove I made enough money to ensure he would not be dependent on public benefits, spend well
over 2000 in fee's for forms and processing, he is unable to works so my income is it so at times things get tough like when the car died.
Because we are going through the legal process, had my husband ever entered the country without documentation our application would have been denied
on the basis that illegal entry made him inadmissible, and the only option we would have would be to plea for a waiver of inadmissibility around
585.00 and wait and hope and pray for a positive response.....there are no guarantee's at that point. I have spoken to people who have faced this
and ended up with a negative response and were forced to either end their marriage or leave the country to live together.
So at this point, what it comes down to is those who diligently adhere to the legal immigration process and try to do what is considered right, are
being held to higher standards than those who don't, have less rights then those who don't, and face having our spouses found inadmissible and
banned from the country if they have previously entered the country without documentation, or worked without a legal work permit. (Not something
I've gone through but there are many who have.
Do you understand why I have an issue with this, I'm being punished for obeying the law. I've been married for 11 years now and we're still