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  • Petitioned Madame Secretary Clinton

This petition was delivered to:

Madame Secretary Clinton

Let Oscar Come Home

    1. Marina Skiles
    2. Petition by

      Marina Skiles

      New Castle, CO

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May 2012

Victory

From Petition Creator Marina Skiles: "Oscar has just received a letter from the consulate saying that he could now apply for a Waiver, which is what we have been waiting for since early February. He was finally able to call the consulate and make an appointment to submit his Waiver; unfortunately, the earliest they could fit him in was July 17th, after which we have a 1-2 month waiting period. All things considered, and hoping that the Waiver is approved, Oscar will be home in Colorado in late August or September. This excellent, long-awaited news come to us thanks to all of you wonderful people. With your signatures and support, your thoughts and prayers, we are much, much closer to reuniting our family. Oscar and I thank each one one of you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you Duncan Skiles and Frank Head for the extraordinary hard work and devotion to this fight."

My name is Marina Skiles. I am an American citizen married to a
wonderful man named Oscar. We met six years ago, and now have two
daughters, a house, a dog, and a fulfilling life together.

We were living the American Dream until two months ago when an unjust
immigration decision took my husband away from us. Oscar is from Mexico. On
February 10, 2012 his visa and any chance of ever re-entering the United States
were denied by a consular agent in Juarez, Mexico. Oscar was wrongfully
charged as a “smuggler,” when all he did was cross the border eleven years ago.
My husband is not a smuggler.

After Oscar and I married in 2009, we decided as a family to begin the
long process to get his Green Card and eventual citizenship. We began with
optimism and hope – at last we could have a normal life in the USA.

The law stated that Oscar would need to return to Mexico in order to file
for a waiver that would allow him to come back home in two-months time. On
February 10, 2012, at his routine first interview at the US Consulate in Juarez,
Mexico, the consular agent denied my husband his visa and any chance of ever
reentering this country. The agent claimed that my husband had "aided and
abetted" others to enter the US, which is false. She said that, since the group
Oscar crossed with also contained his uncles, then Oscar was a "human
smuggler.”

Our dreams were taken away by a consular agent's clerical decision made
on a Friday in mid-February. There was no accusation made to his face, no ability
to testify or present evidence – just a decision that would separate a family for life
with no appeal.

My husband said goodbye to us full of hope for a better future after a short
absence. Now that absence seems impossibly long. I am now a single mom with
a mortgage, two very active girls, and a full-time job.

Our only hope for reversing this arbitrary and unjust decision lies with the
U.S. State Department. We have appealed for help to our U.S. Senators from
Colorado; we have appealed personally to President Bill Clinton and we have
asked the U.S. State Department to issue an Advisory Ruling reversing Oscar's
designation as a "human smuggler." So far, the State Department has taken no
action.

Our country is founded on fairness, forgiveness, and the right to life, liberty
and the pursuit happiness. Stand up for these rights – help us bring Oscar home.

Please join us in signing this petition to Secretary Clinton.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. The decision has been reversed - we are back on-track!

      Marina Skiles
      Petition Organizer

      Oscar has just received a letter from the consulate saying that he could now apply for a Waiver, which is what we have been waiting for since early February. He was finally able to call the consulate and make an appointment to submit his Waiver; unfortunately, the earliest they could fit him in was July 17th, after which we have a 1-2 month waiting period. All things considered, and hoping that the Waiver is approved, Oscar will be home in Colorado in late August or September.

      This excellent, long-awaited news come to us thanks to all of you wonderful people. With your signatures and support, your thoughts and prayers, we are much, much closer to reuniting our family.

      Oscar and I thank each one one of you from the bottom of our hearts.

      Thank you Duncan Skiles and Frank Head for the extraordinary hard work and devotion to this fight.

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Friends, we are getting closer!

      Marina Skiles
      Petition Organizer

      We have a positive development in the effort to reunite our family. We have just received notification from the US Visa Department saying that the consular agent will rescind her decision against my husband. This is amazing news! But our fight is not over. The consulate has not yet contacted us for a second appointment, and Oscar remains separated from his family for at least several months more. Please continue to sign the petition and pass it on to as many people as you can so we can keep the momentum going. Thank you so much for your support!

    4. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Nancy Howe KETCHUM, ID
      • over 2 years ago

      This is just not right in any way. Bring that husband and father back to his family!

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    • D B BEND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Hope-for-positive-outcome-at-Immigration-Master-Hearing-in-Removal-Proceedings-of-Damien-Brady/

      Please help in granting us Prosecutorial Discretion as per Memo issued by ICE Director John Morton

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    • Kristine Krueger DEXTER, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      Let's not waste resources trying to penalize good people who are trying to do the right thing. This man is married to a U.S. citizen, can earn a good income with his carpentry skills, and has a family to support.

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    • Leslie Oelsner FAYETTEVILLE, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      1. This is obviously wrong, legally and ethically, and must be righted

      2. Sending love to Marina and her wonderful family, whom I have known since she was a little girl!

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    • Christine Jones ALDER, MT
      • over 2 years ago

      It is the right thing to do.f

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