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Over Two Years in ICE Limbo- Help keep this Family Together

Over Two Years in ICE Limbo- Help keep this Family Together

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One of the most common misconceptions we Americans think is that once an immigrant and a US citizen marry the immigrant gets his green card. I’m here to say that is 100% false. You have to hire a lawyer to file these confusing litigation papers. You have to sit back and put all your hope in the hands of people that you don’t know and wait. I’m Melissa Rodas a United States Citizen. Not one but both of my parents served in the Army, my mother is retired from the US ARMY and she is a war vet. I have been waiting two year and two months for my I-130 petition for my husband Ruben Rodas (a094-217-672#).

I filed my I-130 petition on November 25, 2009. My husband Ruben came to this country when he was 14. His parents sent him here to escape the violence, poverty and corruption of Mexico. Ruben did get to decided to come here. Can you imagine at fourteen your parents telling you that you were going to move to another country alone. Ruben did not speak any English he had never been away from his parents ever. Rubens parents sent his with a coyote to walk in the desert for five days with only the clothes on his back and a back pack with a small amount of food and some water. Could you walk for five days in the extreme heat during the day and next to unbearable cold in the night. Ruben’s parents had their best intentions when sending him here.

Fast forward eight years Ruben now a wife two stepchildren Devin and Gabriella. I’m not sure why they are called stepchildren he loves my children just as much as any biological father does. In fact more, my daughters father choice not to be in her life Ruben took on that challenge I think he surpasses it. He spent most of his teen years without his father or mother so he makes sure Gabriella knows he is always here. He gets up every morning and helps get his daughter ready for school, getting any child ready for school is a tough task, especially Gabriella. Gabriella has ADHD and it literally takes and hour for her to get dressed and eat a bowl of cereal. He works six split shifts a week in a very popular restaurant chain.

Another common misconception is all immigrants want to take advantage of our government programs and assistance. This is not true for Ruben. He couldn’t go to school here because he did not have the proper documents or a legal guardian to sign him up for school. He was able to get a job in a well known restaurant and has been working there ever since. How many people have had the same job for the they had when they were fourteen. Ruben has used any government program and has no plans of it.


People say immigrants are a burden to society. Ruben isn’t a burden- he has health insurance so he doesn’t visit the ER and rack up thousands of dollars in medical bills he doesn’t pay for. He coaches 5&6 year olds in soccer two in the spring and fall. He plays soccer 3-4 nights a week at midnight after work. IS this someone who is a drain on America?


I’m not asking for amnesty or asylum. I’m asking that our government does their job and either approve my I13- petition or give me and answer why. The normal processing time is five months, whats taking so long. If my husband was a famous soccer player, or a movie star with millions of dollars we wouldn’t have an issue. The government is allowing people who are willing to but a house valued at half a million dollars get a visa. Why cant they let a man who has spent his entire teen and young adult life here who works, has US citizens family member, and contributes to society a chance. USCIS please do your part I paid my fees and filled out my forms have patiently waited. John Morton released a st ament last summer saying that they were trying to weed out the low priority cases off their court documents. Grant my husband discretionary relief, not forever just until the rest of the government does its job and fulfills it duties to me and my children.

Please sign Change.org petition here