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Old 09-02-2008, 06:56 PM
 
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He plans to take his young daughters to their mother in Mexico, and is trying to sell the family's trailer so he can pay their rent there.


His turning point comes after 15 months of pounding on politicians' doors and pleading with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

He has paid thousands of dollars in lawyer fees, schooled himself on immigration policy and even tried to tell his story to the president when George Bush visited Omaha last December.

Still, the woman he married when she was an illegal immigrant -- the mother of daughters Vanessa, 7, and Melissa, 2 -- remains forever banned from re-entering the United States. As reported last year, Laura Roldan Wood has been stuck in Mexico since a May 2007 interview to fix her immigration status went awry.

"I'm done,'' said Joe Wood, 41, whose recent on-the-job injury has reduced his paychecks. "My brain is fried. I'm broke and have nowhere to turn.''

cindy.gonzalez(at)owh.com
Kearney Hub - Wood fails to get illegal immigrant wife back in U.S.
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Oh well, they made their own bed. Nobody should consider themselves so special that they believe that they are above the law.
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:00 PM
 
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If he's moving to Mexico then maybe his marriage isn't one of those green card sham marriages like so many are.

Anytime you hear of someone actually going back to Mexico with their illegal spouse, then you tend to believe there really was something to the marriage. A lot of these marriages are for convenience only. The one gets deported and the other has no intention of going with him/her because they never meant any committment.
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:28 PM
 
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There are a zillion Americans living and/or retired in Mexico. What's the draw to stay here in this case? Let me guess, freebies?

Or is Mexico really that big a mess no one wants to live there?
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:35 PM
 
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If he's moving to Mexico then maybe his marriage isn't one of those green card sham marriages like so many are.

Anytime you hear of someone actually going back to Mexico with their illegal spouse, then you tend to believe there really was something to the marriage. A lot of these marriages are for convenience only. The one gets deported and the other has no intention of going with him/her because they never meant any committment.
No, he's not moving there, he's taking her daughters back to her.

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The last straw was when a tearful Vanessa urged her dad to go get her mother. "Put her under two blankets and keep driving,'' the second-grader told him.

That's when Wood paid his most recent visit to U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel's office, asking an aide to explain to his daughters why their mom can't come back.

Wood later said that he takes the blame for not exploring all the consequences.

He figures he can move the girls to Mexico and pay for their rent and food cheaper there than here. And he would visit them occasionally while his workman's compensation case is processed.
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Old 09-02-2008, 08:51 PM
 
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No, he's not moving there, he's taking her daughters back to her.
Why that jerk! Here I took that to mean he was keeping his family together, that his marriage is actually sincere and he's only dumping his kids at his wife's and ditching them? I guess money means more to him than his own family.
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Old 09-02-2008, 10:38 PM
 
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Why that jerk! Here I took that to mean he was keeping his family together, that his marriage is actually sincere and he's only dumping his kids at his wife's and ditching them? I guess money means more to him than his own family.
I'm guessing the children belong to the woman.
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:31 PM
 
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I'm guessing the children belong to the woman.
That part's okay -- but they're at least his step-kids if not his biological kids, and he's not going to stay with his wife? Can't love exist in either country or is love just for the USA?

Any family that breaks up because of borders wasn't much of a family, The marriage vows say "for better or for worse, for richer for poorer", but these people apparently didn't mean it.

Then too -- there's nothing stopping a couple from living in Mexico at the border if one cannot live here and the American citizen can commute over the border to work.
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