Feds grant Mexican woman entry to see her dying husband
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - UPDATE: According to Rep. Raul Grijalva's office, Gloria has been allowed entry to the U.S. for 30 days to see her husband.
A Tucson family is caught in the middle of an immigration and humanitarian battle.
85-year-old Octavio de la Rosa has had two strokes and his doctors say only has weeks to live. His wife, Gloria Montoya, was deported to Mexico nine years ago for overstaying her visa. They have four children.
Bill was valedictorian of his high school and college classes and is now studying at Oxford before entering law school.
Jim served a stint as a U.S. Marine before entering college.
Naomi has just entered the University of Arizona on full scholarship.
A 13-year-old is still at home.
"While they're all successful individually and doing really well in school," said Adelita Grijalva, who told the mother she would watch after them. "It's the broken heart that is not something that is going to be easy to repair."
The children are heartbroken because their mother applied for humanitarian parole though the Department of Homeland Security so the family could be together for one last time, but it was denied.
After doing all the paperwork, they were confident of approval because they've been though this before.
In 2011 Gloria applied for and received a humanitarian parole for five days, which was extended to ten days following her husband's first stroke.
She self deported after the ten days. She has a year left on her ten year ban, and there is no criminal record.
It has been difficult on the family.
"It's been an emotional roller coaster since then," said Bill. "A lot of ups and downs."
District 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking for reconsideration.
"The request is simple, distinct and specific to this family, to this situation" he said. "One gesture of support for them, that's it."
Grijalva has asked other members of Congress and House leadership to "put pressure on Homeland Security anyway they can to allow one sliver of compassion for this ugly debate that is going on."
Bill has also begun a petition drive on change.org which quickly received several thousand signatures in support of the humanitarian parole.
"It's just a temporary pass for her to come back in the U.S., five days, three days, one day, one hour," Bill said. "Just for her to see my dad and for my dad to see her one final time."
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