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
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
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.