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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

The reality of our broken immigration laws: U.S. Citizen's Wife Deported, Family Destroyed

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"The undocumented wife of this U.S. citizen was deported as a result of
being pulled over for a minor traffic violation. Set in Queen Creek,
Arizona, this story provides a window into the impact that new state
laws like Arizona's SB 1070 will have on the lives of undocumented
residents and citizens alike.

Even tough SB 1070 will become
effective on July 29, some law enforcement agencies are already putting
it into practice." ~90daystophoenix

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  1. Dan Diego's Avatar
    Broken immigration laws? An undocumented wife of a U.S. citizen was deported. What was wrong with that?

    An illegal alien should fear swift removal from the USA in all but a very few circumstances. Being the relative of a US president being one. Being married to a US citizen is not one.

    What's broken is not the immigration law but most attorneys' understanding of "law."
  2. glorias evans's Avatar
    i am in same situation my husband in mexico we file many papers its been over 1 year ago still no husband
  3. Patel's Avatar
    I am under same shoes as you are. I had been forced to leave the country for immigration error. Even Govt officers gave their witness in my favor but still immigration judge forced me to leave the country. With that my two kids US Citizen also left the Great USA and joined me as they did not wanted to be taken care by US GOVT.
  4. volkan's Avatar
    i feel very bad for you brother i have same pronlem to but i am still here me and my wife marred has been 5 years thas why i cant go back immigration law so bad 10 years ineed wait in my country i hope they gonna do somethink soon
  5. David North's Avatar
    Knowing a tad about immigration policy, my immediate reaction to the story that ICE had deported the illegal alien wife of a US Citizen was this: if he really loved her he would have filed papers for her years ago!

    So there are three parties doing something here --1) the illegal alien, who is not supposed to be here at all --2) the not-very-loving husband who did not file papers, both very much at fault in different ways -- and 3) the government that deports (or at least removes) the illegal.

    Why should all the negative attention be on the government, the only party that was doing its duty?

    David North
  6. Matthew Kolken's Avatar
    @David North:

    Spouses of United States citizens are ineligible to apply for adjustment of status (their Green Card) inside the United States if they initially entered the country without authorization (i.e., snuck into the country), unless they were sponsored prior to April 30, 2001 [The final deadline of INA ? 245(i)].

    As a result, given the scenario that is the subject of this blog, the non-citizen wife must depart the United States in order to be sponsored by her USC husband, and her departure automatically triggers a ten-year bar that may only be overcome by a showing of hardship to her United States citizen spouse. These waivers are difficult (although not impossible) to obtain, and may take years before being issued. Parenthetically, the waiver isn't available to individuals who have multiple unlawful entries into the United States.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!
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