When I left the States the first time, I was 26 years old. I guess to sum it up I was so very naive, ignorant and full of myself. Not in the way I thought I knew everything. No, I am the type of person that tends to have information most people find useless. When I say full of myself I mean, I thought just like every other American. That my status as a citizen mattered. I have constitutional rights by God. That my rights, my children’s rights, would in fact be enough to keep my husband with us in our country.
When I realized that it would not be enough, I thought, no big deal, we are married, we have young children together, this will take no time, I can do this.
Boy was I shocked to find out my friends, my countrymen, my own government did not give a damn about me or my family, that they were not only denying our basic human rights but also ignoring my and my children’s rights as US Citizens. But, no one cares until their own rights are infringed upon.
Deport them All!
My biggest problem with this idea is that I can promise you 99.9% of the people screaming this actually have no idea what the law states. I for one understand we need immigration laws to prevent real threats. But, these laws are causing more harm then they are preventing. These laws were written to prevent marriage fraud. Ok, but my marriage is not fraudulent and I am pretty sure most couples marriages are legitimate in this situation.
The utter humiliation when I realized that I am facing the possibility of never going home as a family. Yes, after 5 1/2 years I still call the USA my home, my children’s home; it is where we all belong, including my banned husband.
This is what it is to be broken. I smile so my children do not see my cry, I keep going because I have work to do and I REFUSE to let anyone destroy my life. At least not without a fight within the legal limit of the law.
Begging to return.
The i-601 waiver of inadmissibility…. We have to file this waiver to ask permission for my husband to return. But, it is not cut and dry, they can say no, they can tell me that my husband is not allowed to return. I have to prove why I have to live with him in the USA. It is not enough to prove why I have to live there. I have to prove that I will suffer beyond an extreme and unusual hardship if he is not allowed to return to be approved.
WHAT? And by prove, I mean evidence, loads of it. We are doing this the “right” way, according to the law.
The law is the law.
UGH! Seriously? I hate it when people try this one with me. Especially when the moron spouting it has no clue what the law says. I find it very funny that the same people bitching about the undocumented typically use services that hire undocumented labor. It happens ALL THE TIME. The client wants a job done as cheaply as possible. Cheap is not easy to find when American Citizens are doing the work.
Just because the law is written that way does not make it right. It does not make it ok that my family has to be put under a microscope to have someone I will never even have a phone conversation with, let alone have the chance to make my families case to in person, will decide our fate.
Our fate will be decided via a letter of me begging to give my family our life back, with evidence supporting why I cannot live the rest of my life in Bolivia. Why I need my husband, the father of four of my children, my soul-mate, the only man I have ever been able to trust.
And if they say no?
I keep going because I cannot fathom that my own government would turn its back on me and my children. I mean this is the rest of my life we are talking about and my six children’s future.
They wouldn’t say no, would they?