Marine widow and child unwelcomed

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  1. gunner1zeus

    gunner1zeus Member

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    "Sgt Michael Ferschke was killed in combat in 2008, leaving his widow and infant son in immigration limb. Due to the fact that U.S. authorities do not recognize the marriage even through the U.S. military does."

    " The couple were together 13 months, he had proposed and they were trying to conceive. Two weeks into his deployment she found she was pregnant. He wanted to marry quickly so she and unborn child could start receiving health benefits of a service members spouse. They agreed on a proxy marriage, the marriage was finalized on July 10 one month before he was killed."
    Mrs Ferschke is a citizen of Japan.

    The U.S. Military recognizes proxy marriages for couples separated by war and helps facilitate them. The Marines are paying survivor benefits to Mrs Ferschke and baby.

    Mrs Ferschke applied for permanent residency in the U.S and was denied. The reason for the denial from citizenship and immigration services. Was that the relationship was not consummated after the marriage therefore the marriage is not recognized.

    The following is my opinion and only MY opinion
    HOW STUPID CAN IT GET!!!
    I hear about blanket immunity for illegal immigrants, concern for health care of the same, Yet someone with a viable and legal right to citizenship is denied due to the wording of a 50 year law. This denial did not come from a field level agent, the case worker stated he was both appalled and disgusted to have to tell Mrs Ferschke of the denial.
    What I find appalling and disgusting is that some firmly entrenched bureaucrat looking down from a perch in a crystal palace, with no grasp on reality can make a decision that forbids the wife and child of a Marine who died in combat to live in the country that he served.
    I think DC needs to start a bureau of common sense and reasonable thought.
    Mrs at this time is living with her in-laws on a temporary visa.
     
  2. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    Wow, I didn't even know that was a law.

    I think the military and government need to get on the same page. One recognizing it but not there other is ridiculous.
     
  3. Maximus

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    The whole thing defies logic!
    I wonder if we could petition the State Department in this situation?
     
  4. gunner1zeus

    gunner1zeus Member

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    Maximus:
    At this time a private bill has been introduced by U.S. Rep John Duncan. This bill was refereed to a sub committee of the House Judiciary committee but will require a Senate co-sponsor to move forward in congress. With Congress facing the massive health care package they may not have time to review this bill before the January expiration of her temporary visa.

    It will literally take an act of congress to allow her to remain in the U.S. legally.

    ABSURD!!:thumbdown::thumbdown:
     

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