Here is an update on the Hotaru Ferschke case that just continues to be an example of all that is wrong with US immigration:
Robin Ferschke is looking forward to her grandson’s visit with excitement — and dread.
She’s eager to hug her slain Marine son’s boy for the first time in seven months when he arrives in Maryville, Tenn., on Friday with his Okinawan mother, Hotaru, for a weeklong visit.
But she dreads when Hotaru and 17-month old Mikey, named after his father who was killed in Iraq two years ago, must return to Okinawa.
Hotaru has been denied U.S. residency because her marriage to Marine Sgt. Michael Ferschke was not consummated after they married. They wed over the telephone in July 2008, just a month before he was killed while conducting door-to-door searches in a town north of Baghdad.
Mikey, who is a U.S. citizen by birth, was born five months later.
“I’m afraid we might never be able to go ahead with our plans to have them move here and raise Mikey where his father grew up,” Robin Ferschke said. “The bills introduced in Congress have stalled and there’s not much hope the law will be changed soon.”
Current law is designed to guard against weddings of convenience used to obtain U.S. residency for foreigners bypassing strict immigration rules. Proxy marriages are not valid unless they are consummated after the vows have been exchanged.
Michael Ferschke, then 22, a radio operator with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, met Hotaru, 24, on Camp Schwab in March 2007. When Hotaru discovered she was pregnant in May 2008, just a month after Michael deployed to Iraq, they decided to marry over the phone.
Hotaru flew back to Maryville for her husband’s funeral and was so touched by the outpouring of love from her new in-laws that she decided to raise their son there.
She was able to stay with the Ferschkes for almost a year after Mikey was born, but was forced to return to Okinawa when her visa ran out. [Stars & Stripes]
Read the rest at the link, but the Senate is refusing to do anything about this even though a private bill to exempt Hotaru was introduced. However, according to a Senate spokesman such private bills are “frowned upon”. The Senate may not have time to help Hotaru and her deceased husband’s family, but how much you want to bet that they will find time this year to try and pass a massive amnesty bill for people who illegally entered the country while continuing to punish someone like Hotaru who is trying to receive residency the legal way?
Think about that this 4th July.
Also kudos to Stars & Stripes for continuing to follow this story because the mainstream media rather highlight sob stories of illegal immigrant criminals instead of a widow of a US Marine killed in Iraq trying to gain residency in the US.