Dino Reloj

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Dino Reloj

Jersey City, NJ

I came to America in May 1985. I was 12. My father, my grandparents and I came for my Aunts wedding. After spending the summer as a tourist it was time for me to go home. I didn’t. It was explained to me that I would be staying and would be living in Chicago with my aunt. As far as I knew my aunt adopted me so I can stay legally. I didn’t know till a few years that my father refused to sign the adoption papers. I continued to live the life of an American. I got a drivers liscence. Got into nursing school and worked as a nurse. In 2009 I met a girl. She got pregnant and we got married. We started going through the process of obtaining citizenship for me. Sadly, we had a troubled marriage and the prospect of being a citizen fell through. Now that im in the “system” the government knows where I am and my immigration status. If I didn’t have my baby, I would’ve gladly gone back to the Philippines. How can I say goodbye to my only child? How can I provide for her? Nobody should have to go through this. All I know is my child needs me and I need her. I have a good and honorable profession that helps the community. I came here legally. Id like to stay here legally. Not just for my sake but for the sake of my child. Im a my wits end. Thank you Jose for creating this site. Thanks for the glimmer of hope your providing my child and I by carrying on the fight. God bless you. For years I felt I was the only one.

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