Friday, October 13, 2006

when legal rules are inadequate for the just reality

CASSELBERRY, Fla. -- A Central Florida woman said the love of her life was killed in Iraq, and his death might be her one-way ticket out of this country.
She was only three months away from being a legal citizen by marriage. She could be forced to move back to her homeland, but with her son born in this country, she said she wants to stay.
Jeffrey Heard was a contractor in Iraq providing communications equipment to the military. He was killed in March in the combat zone. Dahianna Heard has a memorial to him in their Casselberry home.
But so far, none of that has mattered to immigration officials who said since he died before their second wedding anniversary, she and their 1-year-old son, Brian, have to go back to her home country.
"I don't want to go to Venezuala. It's not a good situation right now with President (Hugo) Chavez," she said. "My family is here. My life is here. Everything is here. I see my husband here. I have baby here. My family is here."
Her lawyer hopes the technicality will be overlooked. Jeff Heard had petitioned for his wife's citizenship, but that petition died with him. Her petition is seen as deficient because she wasn't married to him a full two years.
She said she wants to stay in the country her husband helped defend.
Her lawyer hopes to get a waiver on humanitarian grounds

my spin: a man, a private citizen, gives his life for our country and to repay him we are going to send his wife and american born son to live in a country led by one of our biggest adversaries because she is three months shy of two years marriage and legal status? what is immigration thinking? that rule was put into place to stop quick, green card based marraiges, which i do not believe this woman is.

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