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Stop US Immigration from splitting up families

Families like Annie and Alex Conrad are separated by arbitrary and unfair actions on the part of US Immigration.

Annie moved to the US from China last spring, and had her green card application in process. Everything was going along fine, when an emergency necessitated her return to China to bring her daughter Ella from a previous marriage to the US earlier than planned. Since Annie's green card was in process, she filed paperwork as required to depart and return to the US.

Annie made arrangements to enroll Ella in school, on Orcas Island, for the start of the new year. Her future classmates and the Orcas community were eager to welcome a new 7th grader to the community. Annie then flew to China to bring her daughter home. They travelled to Guangzhou, China, where the US consulate was to issue travel documents and the visa for Ella based on Annie's status in the US.

That was six months ago. Ella did indeed have a US visa waiting for her at the US Consulate.

Annie, on the other hand, had nothing. No travel documents, no explanation and no way to return to her home and her husband in the US. Despite multiple assurances from US immigration officers that her travel documentation would be processed, nothing happened. Immigration officers communicated dates by which this could be processed....one deadline passed, many deadlines passed and then with only three weeks until the expiration of Ella's visa on February 13, Annie received a letter of denial. The letter includes an order to depart the US within 30 days. That would be quite a feat, given that the US would not let her back into the country.

Successful US born entrepreneurs like Alex, the CEO of a start-up company and mentor to many at Seattle University have been repeatedly misled by misguided bureaucrats and spousal re-entry to the US denied.

Ask President Obama to reunite Alex and Annie Conrad and their family at http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-us-immigration-from-splitting-up-families

Here is the letter that will be sent:

Greetings,

Annie Conrad's Return to US has been denied ~ PLEASE HELP!

A family has been separated by the US Immigration authorities. Honest, hard working people who love each other and their family. You can help them and others like them by asking President Obama and Congressman Larsen to review the details of the case and make a fair decision in this and other cases like it.

You've got to know Alex, letter of the law guy. Therefore, before Annie left, all documentation was filed for her return. So what happened? All I know is that Alex was sent on an incredible roller-coaster bureaucratic journey starting in September (when Annie was not able to return to the US as scheduled). This theatre of the absurd took many turns, including requiring Alex to again prove his ‘legal status in the US’ as recently as 27 December.

Worried about Ella’s 13 February visa expiration date, he contacted Congressman Larsen for help, only to receive a letter from USCIS Director Robert Cowan yesterday. Re-entry for Annie denied. Find out more about Robert Cowan of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and what others say about his history of prejudice and discrimination here: http://julian1st.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/immigrationpending-lawsuits-for-discrimination-rights-violations-negligence-wrong-doing-fbi-complaints-to-be-filed/

I read the letter from Robert Cowan and both the justification & reasoning for the denial are a confused recitation of form numbers and regulations, which fly in the face of logic. The refusal directly contradicts multiple affirmations of Mr. Cowan’s own staff of senior immigration officers over the last six months! The real kicker is: No appeal allowed. And had it not been for congressman Larson the letter might have taken another 30 days to reach Alex.

This kind of bureaucratic red tape is costly--to the taxpayer and to the families it keeps apart--and should be stopped.

Take a moment to ask our officials to intervene.

Thank you.


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