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My hubby Jose Pedro Mejia (A# 087-042-687) and I have been married 11 years. Jose has been in the US for 13 years. He came here from his tiny village in Mexico, where he was mired in poverty and was unable to find work. Shortly after we were married I became ill and was ultimately diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. November 2007 they determined that I had approximately 6 months to live - I needed a double-lung transplant. 

After agonizing back and forth with doctors about whether I qualified for the surgery, I was notified one morning that I was to be listed on the organ necessity list at about 9am. Three hours later the nurse informed me i was #1 on the list and to get to the hospital immediately, there was a match. January 9, 2008 I was transplanted. My recovery has been horrible. I take 30+ meds a day. My sternum had to be broken for access to my lungs and has not healed. Through this all my husband has honored his promised "in sickness and in health." My husband makes sure I eat and take my meds. He cleans, cooks, does laundry and helps me bathe when necessary. I have blackout periods where I appear awake but have no memory of certain blocks of time. Without him to care for me I hate to think where I'd be. 

I offered to divorce him so he could find someone young and healthy like him. But his support has never wavered. But now, he could be taken away from me because of his immigration status. We have applied numerous times for an adjustment of his status, all denied. We filed an appeal June 2010. Also denied. Recently my husband received a notice to appear for a hearing at immigration court for removal proceedings. I'm doing all I can to keep him here. 

My husband is the perfect example of what the Morton memo describes as meeting prosecutorial discretion. For all they have put ME through, a US citizen, I want him to be approved legal permanent status and eventually we will work towards citizenship.

Please tell USCIS: stop the deportation of my husband and allow him to file for legal permanent residency. 

Letter to
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
President of the United States
California State Senate
and 8 others
California State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Representative Mike Honda
Assistant Director, ICE John T. Morton
California Governor
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The President of The United States.

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Grant Jose Pedro Mejia permanent Citizenship, he fits the Morton Memo

my hubby Jose Pedro Mejia and i have been married 11 years. he's been in the US for 13 years. shortly after we were married i became ill. my ultimate diagnosis at Stanford hospital was pulmonary fibrosis. November 2007 they determined that at the rate of loss of my pulmonary functions i had approximately 6 months to live. i needed a double-lung transplant. they performed extensive studies and tests on me, including a psychological analysis. when all was completed, i was deemed unfit for transplant due to my weight. i was, at that time about 10 - 15 lbs. overweight. i was on their highest possible amount of oxygen and any exercise was impossible. one of my doctors recommended i request a consultation at ucsf. my first meeting with one of the transplant team doctors and she decided i was fit and had me scheduled for a couple more tests. i was notified one morning i was to be listed on the organ necessity list at about 9am. the nurse told me to mentally start thinking about what i would take with me when my surgery happened. the list is no longer first come. now it's a database where many factors, including all test results and medication info is entered. the database somehow determines placement on the list. three hours after the call that i would be listed came a second call. the nurse informed me i was #1 on the list and to get to ucsf immediately, there was a match. January 9, 2008 i was transplanted. recovery has been horrible. i take 30 meds a day. my sternum had to be broken for access to my lungs and has not healed. through this all my husband has honored his promised "in sickness and in health." i offered to divorce him so he could find someone young and healthy like him. he's never wavered. we have applied numerous times for an adjustment of status, all denied. we filed an appeal June 2010. also denied. a supervisor told me at the San Jose, calif office that my illness had no bearing on our application. recently my husband received a notice to appear for a hearing at immigration court for removal proceedings. his appointment is 7/10/2012. i am frantic yet not waiting for time to pass. I'm doing all i can. i spoke with an immigration lawyer, James lolly who told me my husband might have to leave the US and re-apply from Mexico. i cannot be without my husband. the many meds i take have extreme effects on me. we don't know how I'm going to wake up from one day to the next. my husband makes sure i eat, take my meds, he cleans, cooks, does laundry and helps me bathe when necessary. i have blackout periods where i appear awake but have no memory of certain blocks of time. without him to care for me i hate to think where I'd be.there is no one else to care for me, plus it's his responsibility. my daughter helps when she can, but she's a single mom with two children. my son is married, living about 40 miles away.

i am truly serious about suing Mexico and the US. they've had decades to fix this mess and have not. my husband comes from a small mountain village. he had no idea coming without permission would have such devastating results. i know nothing about international law, but when i lived in Holland i visited the peace palace at the Hague. i read about their operation and mission. these two countries, mine and his are interfering in our state-sanctioned marriage. we filed all necessary documentation. our marriage license stated he was born in Mexico, i am completely against ant-immigrant laws, racial profiling and mass deportations. the state dropped the ball. why was there nothing in place to ensure all was legit before sanctioning our marriage? if states like Alabama and Georgia can pass laws to the detriment of immigrants, why can't the states protect citizens from this type of turmoil? when we were married i believed we would be able to correct his residence status without too much difficulty. this stress of fearing my husband may be taken away has had an affect on my health.

please see if there is a way we can find resolution. my husband is the perfect example of what the Morton memo describes as meeting prosecutorial discretion. for all they have put ME through, a US citizen, i want retribution. i want him to be approved legal permanent status and eventually we will work towards citizenship.
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Sincerely,