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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

THE ANGRY SPOUSE

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The National Law Journal reports on an interesting case involving the Virginia assistant attorney general and his "mail order" Colombian bride. The case involves a divorce action that involves some sordid accusations against the US citizen husband. But the interesting part for me is the question of whether a judge can bar the US citizen from contacting USCIS regarding the immigration status of his wife. The divorce judge tried to bar the husband claiming that he would likely libel his wife. But an appeals court says that this infringes his constitutional right to freedom of speech.

This is actually a fairly common issue. I am contacted not infrequently be a US citizen who is often very angry and is looking to report a spouse to USCIS. Some of these folks are clearly seeking revenge and hoping to get their husband or wife deported. Some are probably genuine in their belief that their spouse was only marrying them for a green card. But in this group, my sense is that they are just deluding themselves because they refuse to admit that they aren't quite the catch that they would like people to think they are. And there are also some that probably are right that they were taken advantage of and the spouse only wanted a green card and the marriage was a fraud.

The problem, of course, is that it is often very, very tought to make the correct call and a DHS officer has to be a bit of a psychologist. No easy task.

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  1. ASDF's Avatar
    >>> Meredith was 37 years old and working as an assistant attorney general, he sought a foreign bride on the Internet and contacted Muriel from Colombia, who was 16 at the time, according to the decision. When she turned 18, she moved to Virginia and married Meredith.
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    I am more concerned about genuinely married folks where one of the spouse is subject to deporation due to some technicality!
  3. Jack's Avatar
    'This is actually a fairly common issue.'

    It is. What could possibly go wrong?


    'I just don't understand why a 37 year old educated male has to find a mail order bride of 16 yrs and impregnate her by 19.'

    I wonder what the statistical breakdown is on the ages--seems like the man is usually much older than 37. Even really old dudes go for as young as possible, but still adult age. People judge but understand that this is the only way a non-rich old dude can get a young woman. Just like with shows like 'The Bachelor', the whole situation speaks for itself so, as Greg points out, it's not easy to judge which ones are 'legit' and which are not. The standard is pretty low and it's almost comical to think about having to evaluate these things. But when the groom feels burned, they get really, really mad. It's easy to convince themselves it's real, like the stripper they think is different and really cares about them, not just their money.


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