There is a great article that ran on Tuesday in the LA Times about a Kentucky woman who is married to a native Mexican. The couple and their children are subjected to our country’s broken immigration system.
Stuck in Tijuana traffic, Heather Suarez fixes her strawberry blond hair, applies her makeup and listens to country music on the car radio. This morning, she sings along.
Life ain’t always beautiful You think you’re on your way And it’s just a dead end road at the end of the day. But the struggles make you
stronger And the changes make you
wise And happiness has its own
way of takin’ its sweet time.
For Heather, 29, every day is a struggle. The native of rural Kentucky didn’t know how drastically her life would change after she fell in love and married Evaristo Suarez, an illegal immigrant.
The couple assumed that Evaristo, 30, would be eligible for a green card once they got married and that they would raise their family near her hometown. But because he had crossed into the United States illegally more than once, he was denied a visa and must wait 10 years before reapplying to return legally.
So six months ago, Heather and their three young children moved from Kentucky to Tijuana to reunite with Evaristo, who had been living in Mexico since being denied his visa in 2006.
“Even though everybody said all these bad things about Tijuana, Tijuana was my dream to have my family back together again,” she said.
But now, Heather said, 2016 seems a long time away.