Our Story

330934_120420441391060_2577537_oMy 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.416287_232950560138047_1584348993_o

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 412229_180389588727478_1242493004_ohome 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.
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8 responses to “Our Story”

  1. April Coronel says :

    Hi Patricia, My name is April and my husband is barred for the same reason. The US is supposed to be the land of the free, yet they dictate who we can spend our lives with. We need change and we need it now! I hope our elected officals make a positive change for us. Good luck!

    • Patricia Orozco says :

      Hi, April. I hope that the reform gets sign. THe government does not realize the harm that is causing to separate families. I hope that it works out for the many families. Wish you luck and the best!!!!!

  2. Jackie says :

    Hi Patricia, I’m in the same situation with the difference that I decided to reside in Tijuana along with my husband and my daughter. I cross the border every day in order to get to work and going to school.

  3. Michael McCormick says :

    Thanks for sharing your story. We are waiting for our I-601, praying we can be accepted. I like your point at the end that the law is actually hurting America. It is counter-productive. A better look at each case needs to happen so that those who make a small mistake does not lead to a huge punishment, while actual criminals are punished less.

  4. Michelle Sanchez says :

    Hello Patricia I am living with the same promblem I have been married to my husband for twenty five years I am a USA American citizen our son is 23 years old and seven months ago he was deported I have had a I 130 approved for him since 1997 and they still took him. I don’t have young children but I am very sick I have Lupus Arioc Aneuyresm on my heart I have no insurance to pay my medication I losing my house as well my husband has paid and worked or the last twenty five years and this how our lives end . I so afraid that I will not see my husband again due to my illness and he level of stress this is causing me I cry every day and pray that a miracle will happen . He has no Crimmal record just coming to America so sad I can to believe this is not fare to me and my family and now I have no one to turn to and because my children are old they think easy but it not I need him now more then ever I pray to god for strength and to see him again god bless you my 2014 make a big difference in our life .

  5. Manuel Ortiz says :

    Hope for the best ,

  6. karen says :

    HI PATRICIA!!! I AM SORRY TO HEAR ALL THE TROUBLE YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. I ACTUALLY WENT THROUGH A SIMILAR SITUATION I APPLIED FOR MY HUSBAND’S PAPERS AND GOT THE LETTER FROM IMMIGRATION WHICH SAID THAT HE HAD THE APPOINTMENT IN CIUDAD JUAREZ MEXICO. WE WENT TO MEXICO FOR THE APPOINTMENT THE FIRST TIME AND HIS RESIDENCY WAS DENIED. BUT I WAS DOING MY PROCESS THROUGH AN ATTORNEY AND HE TOLD ME THAT WE HAD TO WRITE A LETTER TO IMMIGRATION EXPLAINING HOW HARD OUR LIFE WAS FOR ME AND MY CHILDREN IF MY HUSBAND WAS NOT IN THE UNITED STATES LIVING WITH US AND SO I WROTE THE LETTER. I EXPLAINED TO THEM THAT ME AND MY KIDS WERE SUFFERING OF SEVERE DEPRESSION AND ALSO TOLD THEM THAT I WAS RISKING MY KIDS LIFE EVERY TIME WE CROSSED THE BORDER. WE WERE TRAVELING TO MONTERREY EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND AND WE WERE ACTUALLY ONCE IN THE MIDDLE OF A SHOOTING… IT WAS VERY SCARY AND STRESSFULL AND THANK GOD NOTHING HAPPENED TO US BUT THE RISK WAS THERE ALL ALONG, THE ATTORNEY HELPED ME BY SENDING SEVERAL NEWS REPORTS ALONG WITH MY LETTER BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING HERE IS THAT YOUR KIDS HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT IS ON WHAT YOU NEED TO FOCUS MOSTLY ON YOUR LETTER ALSO YOUR HUSBAND NEEDS TO WRITE A LETTER HIMSELF EXPLAINING THAT HE CAME TO THE U S LOOKING FOR A BETTER LIFE AND OPPORTUNITIES TO SUCCEED AND ALSO TELLING THEM THAT HE IS SORRY FOR CROSSING THE BORDER WITHOUT THE PROPER DOCUMENTATION…..WE DID THAT AND AFTER A 1 YEAR AND 3 MONTHS THEY RESPONDED TO MY LETTER AND GAVE HIM A SECOND APPOINTMENT IN CIUDAD JUAREZ. THIS TIME WE WERE VERY LUCKY, GOD HEARD OUR PRAYERS AND THEY PARDONED MY HUSBAND AND GAVE HIM HIS RESIDENCY. SO AFTER BEING OUT OF THE U S 1 YEAR AND 5 MONTHS MY HUSBAND FINALLY CAME BACK HOME.

  7. Keborah Muniz says :

    Hi Patricia, it is a couple of years later since you wrote your heart-wrenching story. I hope all is well with you and your family. My husband and I just experienced the same issue – 10 year bar. This is after we were advised at the first interview all we needed was to fill out the I-601 waiver, which was approved; however, the consulate official still denied entry. My 12 year old son and I are living in a 10×10 room because I do not make enough money for not even a studio apartment. I, too, am scared to go to Mexico to live although we have been quite a few times to visit my husband. I am thinking of moving to El Paso, TX and my husband can move to Ciudad Juarez, at least then we will be able to see each other on a regular basis. Have you thought of that idea? Has anyone thought of doing that? I am scared to death, depressed, and trying to be positive around my son, but he knows I am not happy. This system is horrible, what happened to not wanting to split families?

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