DETROIT (WWJ) – They’re trying to put a face on a proposed change in immigration law.
Francisco Ascensia has been in the U.S. illegally for 13 years. Ascensia was recently detained, and now wants to become a U.S. citizen. But that requires returning to Mexico for a visa.
Current law says any immigrant here for more than a year who then leaves — can’t return for 10 years.
His wife Lydia says it’s been a difficult journey for her family.
“Their father – he was away for two months and it was so hard, difficult for me and my children to have him separated for two months I can not imagine 10 years – him being away,” said Lydia.
The proposed change in U.S. Immigration Rules – could benefit illegals with U.S. families.
“Well my family needs their father,” said Lydia.”We are married, we have three children, we raised our three children here, we pay taxes – we are trying to do all the right things,” said Lydia.
“I was away from them for two months and I went to sleep every night thinking about them – what happens if they don’t take me back and I can’t see my kids no more,” said Ascensia.
Ascensia is working with “The Alliance for Immigrants Rights & Reforms” in Michigan and is hopeful a proposed change to allow an end to the “10-year ban” is approved by year’s end.