Letter: Husband trying to immigrate here

Children participate in a U.S. citizenship ceremony at Children participate in a U.S. citizenship ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services district office in Manhattan. (Jan. 29, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Immigration has become a hot topic ["Rough road for bill," News, July 10]. However, I never read about the situation in which my husband and I find ourselves trapped.

I am a U.S. citizen. I own a home and have a job. I am a contributing member of our society. Several years ago, I met Jose while he was here from Mexico on a tourist visa. He and I began a relationship that was cut short when he had to return to his country because his father was very ill.

To maintain our valued connection, I visited Mexico often. We eventually married and have been wed for more than two years. This is where our fairy tale takes a twist.

We have been working with a lawyer for the last three years to legally bring Jose to the United States. My husband has a job, a home and a wife waiting for him here. Not only has this process been an emotional drain but a financial one.

We are law-abiding people and want to do this in the proper way. At this point, I feel penalized for trying to do the right thing.

Sandra Regalado, Lake Ronkonkoma

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