I am looking at you, Mitt Romney, and all the GOP candidates who insist that legally migrating to this country means taking a number as if it were the line at the DMV.
Here is what “standing in the back of the line” looks like: waiting three years to be united with your U.S.-born wife and son, only to be allowed into the country for “humanitarian purposes” when that son dies. Even then, in the case of the undocumented father, Fildemar Merlos López, the request to attend his son’s funeral in the States was denied.
Here is the update at the Mojado Citizen blog:
A Mexican man will be finally able to travel to his 10-year-old son’s burial in Pennsylvania after immigration officials granted his request for humanitarian permission to enter the United States, according to a Facebook message from a representative of the law office representing him.
Fildemar Merlos López has been stranded near Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, for the past days after Customs and Border Protection officials denied his request for humanitarian permission to enter the country.
He travelled there soon after he found out that his son, Demian López, 10, had died in the March 27 fire along his two cousins and his aunt in Shenandoah, Penn.
Merlos Lopez had been in Mexico for the last three years while his application for legal status after marrying Danielle Lopez, an American citizen. Demian is Lopez’ son from a previous marriage.
After 15 years of living in Frackville, Penn., Lopez was detained for a traffic violation and wound up under Immigration and Customs Enforcement’ custody.
Lopez would later sign his voluntary departure and applied for resident status once he arrived in Mexico City.
“My son would ask me why I was away, but I never told him. I wanted to wait for him to grow up so he could really understand the reason why I had to go away”, Lopez told blog Mojado Citizen.
No father should have to wait years to be re-united with his family — much less his U.S.-born family. Shame on the GOP for painting our immigration laws as anything less than inhumane.