My name is Patricia Orozco. I am a working American citizen, a registered voter, a daughter of U.S. citizens, a wife, a mother of two young citizens and a member of American Families United. I met my husband in January of 2006 , at a youth group at Holy Redeemer Parish. We became good friends and we started dating in June 17, 2006. We had great times together, we danced , laughed, played, attended church, went to the movies, and we enjoyed being with each other.
August 23, 2008 was the best day of our lives. We got married in Holy Reedemer and our marriage journey began. We became owners of a home in Michigan and everything was going well. Later, we had our first child, and it was the best feeling ever. My husband was there to support me in everything. When I was four months pregnant the doctor told us that our son had something in his kidneys and that I was not going to know what was wrong until he was born. My husband was there to support me mentally and economically. I had my baby and we found out that he had Horse Shoe Kidney Disease and that he had to be follow by a nephrologist the rest of his life. This was very hard for us but we had to stick together to be able to give our son the necessary treatment.
My husband came to this country in 2002 in search for a better life. My husband crossed the border from Mexico. I applied for him in March 2011 to get his residency and it was the biggest mistake of our life! We thought that everything was going to work out and our surprise was that he was punished for life. My family was torn apart over a year ago as a result of permanent deportation of my spouse from the United States without reunification. My husband was charged under section 212(a)(6)(c)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for being an illegal immigrant from Mexico claiming false citizenship. He now has a permanent lifetime bar from reentering the United States to rejoin with me and his two sons.
A lot has been said in this immigration debate about what is going to happen with the “Eleven million undocumented, present, in this country.” But I’m more worried about the lack of attention that is being paid to us, as U.S. citizens, that are suffering from this same issue and whose families are already out of the country and have been ripped apart by it.
My husband did not come to the United States to harm any one. He came to have a better life. We are part of a group called “Our Lady” from our Parish. We are good people. I can not understand why they won’t give him a second chance. The government doesn’t realise the harm that they are causing to their own Americans. My sons miss their dad. He is a great role model for them and now that he is not present , how do I explain to a 2 and 3 year old that daddy can not come back home. It is very unfair , and we need a change. If the United States is a country of opportunities and equality, why not help my husband come back. He is the best husband and it is unfair that a law is destroying our family. We do our taxes every year, and bought a home. My home went into foreclosure because I was not able to make the payments on my own. I had to move in with my two young children to my parents house. My oldest son has to follow up with the nephrologist to check in on his kidney functions. During this current time the United States has posted a travel warning to all tourists. This is very worrisome for me and my husband and our four children. I am afraid to go to Mexico to see my husband because it is very dangerous. I see the news every day and it is very stressful to see how people are just killing each other for no reason. I am very worried about the life of my husband. I can not imagine receiving a call from Mexico telling me that he is dead: can you picture the tragedy. I can, I picture it every day. My children need their father in their lives and I can not decide to move to Mexico and put my children in danger. I am receiving psychological help because I can not sleep. I have anxiety and depression.
I am willing to make all the necessary sacrifices needed for my husband to come back. I am supportive of of the United States Government and its efforts to control and secure borders. We need a second opportunity to look at his records and see that he is not a criminal. He is a person with a wife and two young kids that need him. If the United States wants better communities, children with no depression, no crime, then stop separating families. Reunite my family.