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Sarah: Exiled Husband Missed Daughter's Birth/Infancy

My husband is an undocumented immigrant. Before we got married, we consulted an immigration attorney about what options he has to become "legal" in this country. Basically, there are none until after we were married. We got married and filed for a hardship petition. I was pregnant …

My husband is an undocumented immigrant. Before we got married, we consulted an immigration attorney about what options he has to become "legal" in this country. Basically, there are none until after we were married.

We got married and filed for a hardship petition. I was pregnant with our first child and he was required to leave the country while they processed our application. 10 months later, he is still out of the country, and we don't even have a person we can call to check on the status of our case.

Our 7 month old daughter just met her father two weeks ago for the first time, because since he's been gone, I have been supporting him and myself and haven't been able to go see him.

He had a job, he had a home, he had a family here. This horribly broken system is tearing families apart.

 

from Sarah
submitted to Define American on July 1, 2011 at 10:51

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