Marine Widow Cannot Stay in USA

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  1. Bill Mattocks

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    This is a sad story. I hope they find a satisfactory conclusion to it. A man who gives his life for his country should not have his widow and child thrown out of the country he died for.

    http://www.military.com/news/article/law-says-marine-widow-cant-stay-in-us.html?ESRC=topstories.RSS

    I'm going to write my Congress critters. If you feel the same, perhaps you could do so too.

    EDIT: If you decide to contact your Congress member, the House Bill is: H.R.3182, Title: For the relief of Hotaru Nakama Ferschke. It is currently languishing in the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, lacking even a cosponsor. Unacceptable.
     
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    This is typical of Homeland Security and extremely sad (as well as just plain wrong) that this is happening to the widow of a vet.

    Note: Immigration is now homeland security and they are a bigger bureaucracy than they were before. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens quickly and from my experience with it the best person to tell you how it works is an immigrant (particularly some that are Chinese and Middle Eastern), they seem to know better than Immigration Lawyers how the system actually works.

     
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    Its a long shot, but a friend of mine just put out a facebook message saying that he's been tapped as an emergency fill-in host on Fox News Radio and he's scrambling for topics to talk about.

    I sent him the link to the story, maybe he will bring it up on the show.
     
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    Unacceptable.

    Count me in; I got some time to kill to write an e-mail or two.
     
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    This is what is wrong alot of the times. I wish her the best.
     
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    This ain`t right people. It ain`t right at all! Get on the stick and write your Senator and tell them to sponsor this.
     
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    Disgusting.

    "Honor" may in truth be an obsolete word.
     
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    Dear Representative Hodes,

    As a resident of (your district), I am asking for you to please support H.R.3182, Title: For the relief of Hotaru Nakama Ferschke.

    The widow of a Marine KIA and their young son are living in Tennessee near the boy's paternal grandparents. However, they are facing deportation from the US because they were married by proxy. Sgt. Ferschke was killed in Iraq before their marriage could be consummated.

    Any help in this issue would be greatly appreciated sir.
     
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    Just wrote my Rep. and both Senators. It only takes a couple minutes people, Google is your friend. I also wrote a few radio staions I know so more people will be talking about it hopefully.

    Remember, it`s bill # H.R.3182 by Rep John Duncan TN

    keep bumping this bad boy up to the top.
     
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    Over here we had a very successful campaign for Ghurkha rights, ths was done by exerting huge public pressure on the government,with petitions ( we have onlive petitions that go straight to Downing Street, anyone can set one up) newpaper articles and getting a public figure to lobby and harry the government, Joanna Lumley did a huge job. Public pressure is a great tool, getting people to write to their MPs through publicising it through sites like MT did well as it then spreads by word of mouth. it's a wonderful thing to watch as it gains momentum and achieves it's gaol just because indiviuals all did their bit. As much publicity as possible, the more people contact their local media the better as they start thinking theres a news story and follow it up. Good luck, I'm sure you guys will do it.
     
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    Thanks for posting this. I mentioned it at work this morning and by noon around 200 or so soldiers had emailed their Representatives. As a military we take care of our own, I've fired off an email to most of the other units on post. I'm not sure that this will help, given the non-representing representatives we have in D.C. at the moment but if there is anything I can do help in this matter, let me know.

    Mark
     
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    Thank you so much! I have emailed all my critters, but have heard back from none of them. Not even the usual brush-off letter. Disgusting. I'm going to phone them tomorrow. I'm not done yet.
     
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    I`ve written my reps and senator, and posted it on every forum I visit. I hate to say it but the ONLY comment I`ve recieved is from an idiot friend who thinks she`s just in it for a green card. Sometimes I really hate people.
     
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    My congressman returned my e-mail last week. Based on his comments, I think the only reps that can revitalize this bill are reps on the House Judiciary Committee.

    Dear Ms. ********,

    Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 3182, a private bill for the relief of Hotaru Nakama Ferschke. I truly appreciate hearing from you, and I am working hard to stand up for New Hampshire 's interests in Congress.

    I appreciate you concern about Hotaru Nakama Ferschke. The freedoms and prosperity we enjoy in America are due in large part to the millions of brave men and women who have served-or are currently serving-in our armed forces. During times of war and peace, our armed services have served honorably in the best trained and most dedicated fighting force the world has ever known.

    Sergeant Michael Ferschke was killed in action on Sunday, August 10, 2008, while serving with the United States Marine Corps in Iraq . He left behind his wife, Hotaru Nakama Ferschke, and their unborn child.

    H.R. 3182 would allow Hotaru Nakama Ferschke to be eligible for permanent residence upon receiving an immigrant visa. This legislation has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. Although I am not a member of this committee, please know that I will keep your views in mind if this legislation comes to the House floor for a vote.

    I encourage you to continue to contact me about the issues that are important to you. Please feel free to visit my website at www.hodes.house.gov where you can share your ideas with me, learn about the services I can provide to you, and sign up for my periodic e-mail updates on what I am doing to help New Hampshire.



    Sincerely,
    Paul Hodes
    Member of Congress
     
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    I got the same response, by phone as well as email (only one bothered to respond, though). What they're saying is that the bill is going to be allowed to die a nice quiet death in the judiciary committee. It works for everyone. See, they'd like to help, but darn it, their hands are tied. Gosh. And the Congressman who sponsored the bill got to say he tried, he really really tried, but darn it, those darned old colleagues of his on the judiciary committee just won't see things his way. Nobody has to be the bad guy, but nothing gets done.

    It really makes me mad. But thanks very much for trying.
     
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    She obviously didn't contribute enough to anyone's campaign to qualify for attention.
     
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    That or the family here is simply associated with the wrong political party
     
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    If the US is anything like the UK then she did it all wrong. If you go the legit way through the process you get stamped down and refused. If you just bludgeon your way into the country and dont tell anyone then you're fine! Dont it make you sick?
     
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    Update: Hotaro and her son have returned to Japan.

    She might have had an option to stay in the U.S. while the matter was being decided. Where it gets tricky though, is being able to work. The issue is still being decided in Congress, but she had to be able to support herself and her son so she returned to her native Japan. Her employer had only promised to hold her job for a year.

    It sounds like she may still be able to return to the U.S. if the relief bill passes.

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/2...takes+son+of+slain+Marine+to+her+native+Japan

    Writing your elected officials is no guarantee of a fix, but it does get attention. Both of my senators wrote back in response, and my representative gave me a very detailed response.123
     

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