Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Family Reunited on Christmas Day

IMMIGRANT LEGAL RESOURCE CENTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACTS:

                        For info on access to Tanya the mother    Tanya Cruz:   415 670 0451

                        For legal background on the case:  family’s attorney: Jason Marachi:  415 566-3526; jmarachi@aol.com  or Mark Silverman (415) 305-8217 from the ILRC

FAMILY TO BE REUNITED ON CHRISTMAS DAY – HUSBAND WHO HAD TO LEAVE FOR MEXICO BEFORE HIS FIRST CHILD WAS BORN TO RETURN AND JOIN HIS WIFE AND SEE HIS CHILD FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Broken immigration system forced young huHANKS.sband to leave the country weeks before his wife gives birth to their United States citizen child

When: December 25th at 9:30 p.m. at the arrival area for Continental Airlines flight #361, where …

What: his wife, and family will be waiting for Juan in the arrival area.

Summary:    Juan Cruz was forced to leave for Mexico with “voluntary departure”  on about August 11, 2007 leaving his U.S. citizen wife here.

                In September,  Tanya gave birth to their first son while Juan was forced to remain in Mexico.

   In December, the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez  approved Juan’s permanent residence visa (green card)

ON CHRISTMAS DAY, DECEMBER 25, AT 9:30 PM JUAN WILL BE ARRIVING AT SFO (San Francisco International Airport) WHERE HIS FAMILY WILL MEET HIM.

December 25th will be an especially joyful Christmas Day fpr Tanya and her husband, Juan..  It will be the first time Juan sees his recently born child. Unfortunately, Tanya and Juan were not be together for this birth –  separated, each in a different country, divided by a broken immigration system that allows families like this one to be torn apart.   On December 25th at 9:30 p.m. at the arrival area for Continental Airlines flight #361, Tanya , and family will be waiting for Juan in the arrival area. Juan will be flying back from Mexico where the U.S. Consulate approved his green card earlier this month.  Press can reach Tanya Cruz between now and the 25th, and while the family is at the airport.

Although Tanya is a U.S. citizen, Juan is not. He was brought to the United States from Mexico by his parents when he was four years old. The couple applied to obtain permission for Juan to immigrate legally as the spouse of a U.S. citizen. However, Juan’s parents had previously filed an application for themselves and Juan based on bad legal advice from an attorney who has since resigned from the State Bar. When all the appeals failed, Juan and his parents were given until August 13 to voluntarily leave the country. Juan left the United States on August 11 by plane to Mexico, just about one month before his wife will give birth to their child.  During his baby’s first months of life, Juan was be in Mexico, waiting to get an interview at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez so that he could return to the U.S. The family has been told that the process can take longer than six months. 

This terrible example of the flaws in our immigration system prompted Tanya Cruz, el Comité de Padres Unidos, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and other supporters of this young family to bring this issue to the attention of the public. These supporters also requested that the immigration and consular authorities hold Juan’s interview as soon as possible.

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