Reunite A Couple Separated By Broken Immigration System
I. The Story
My lover Ivan and I are currently separated by our nation's oppressive immigration system. Ivan came to the U.S. legally as a child with his family and grew up here in Louisiana. Our relationship dates back to when we were in high school as teens falling in love for the first time. In 2012, Ivan, 17 at the time, departed back to Mexico to go to college for engineering. After a few years, he tried to return to the U.S. legally on many occasions; however, he was denied a visa every time.
After exhausting his legal options, Ivan decided to dangerously cross the border. Consequently, he was caught, deported, and barred for five years. So he and I decided to make the best of the situation. I go visit when I can, and I am doing everything I can to help him return legally as soon as possible.
After talking to lawyers, I learned the deportation secretly triggered a second, far worse penalty called, The Permanent Bar. The bar states that he cannot legally return for ten years with no option for a waiver. This is because he is being punished for unlawful presence he accrued as a minor after his prior visa expired.
His childhood upbringing in the U.S. was out of his control and he should not be banished ten years for it after committing one misdemeanor offense.The law does state no period of time in which an alien is under 18 years of age shall be taken into account for unlawful presence; however, the U.S does it anyway to apply the permanent bar. The lawyers have stated not even marriage (the best option) would ensure an immediate return with The Permanent Bar applied, but I will not give up.
II. What We Hope to Gain:
The purpose of this petition is for LEGAL immigration and to expand awareness on the flaws of the immigration system.The Permanent Bar should not apply to Ivan. It's unjust and out of proportion.The only thing that can effectively combat this type of immigration bar is legislation by congress either by a comprehensive immigration reform, or a private bill designed for one specific person or group of people like Dreamers.
Congress, POTUS, and DHS need to do everything possible ensure that Americans and immigrants alike within the US are not inhumanely punished for extended periods of time by immigration.
III. The Stakes
We are just 22 years old. If nothing is done, we will be at least 32 years old by the time he can legally return. I love Ivan unconditionally. He has many friends and family here in Louisiana that miss him. He deserves to be a U.S. citizen, and we deserve to be together in the nation we both know as home where we can live happily, build a future, get married, and carry out our long term goals together.
Life is too short and untimely to be torn apart from loved ones. This is our time on Earth together and our potential being robbed from us. That is why I urge our elected officials and federal agencies to fix this failed system, so he and others can return to be with loved ones. Signing and sharing this petition would be greatly appreciated as it may eventually change our lives. I have faith in God everything will work out.
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