David has received his 10-year green card! It took just over three years. Obviously we're thrilled. It's like this enormous weight has been lifted off our shoulders.
My friend, Debra, married a Polish guy a couple years ago. She's 14 years older than him but there's no doubt in my mind that they're a "real" couple. He's lovingly taken on her two children; one of them has severe autism. Unfortunately, Immigration didn't believe them and he was deported to Poland last week. The official who conducted their interview, a thick-accented Hatian woman, sneered, "Do you think we're stupid? We see what you are trying to do here."
We have a friend who is here illegally from Mexico. He is a hard worker, a sought-after artisan, in fact. In an effort to "do it legally" he filed the requisite paperwork to get a work permit and green card. That was 11 years ago. Meanwhile, he waits. He's never accepted a dime of assistance from anyone and, yes, sends money back home to support his extended family.
There's just something so wrong about all of this.