4 Decades Later Woman Migrates to America

Posted on: 02 Mar 2018  |   Tags: student news , visas , World News ,

Life is difficult, but it is even more difficult for some people stuck in very unfortunate conditions. And Corazon Espinosa’s life is the perfect example of it. Her mother and father came to the US in the 1980s, after which all her seven siblings came by 1994. But Espinosa couldn’t. Her mother petitioned for bringing her daughter to the US, but every attempt of her failed. Finally, after a wait of 40 years, Espinosa could meet her siblings and in-laws. Jennifer Andelin was working with Republicans Jason Chaffetz and John Curtis, who were trying for Espinosa’s immigration, which wasn’t quite easy. On March 4, 2018, the 70-year old arrived at the Salt Lake City International Airport and was greeted by her siblings. She said that she feels great. The wait is finally over, and that loves being with her siblings. Andelin, who handled her case, said that 40 years is a long time to be separated from family members who are waiting across the world in the US. Corazon's immigration story is the perfect example to show that the US immigration system is failing for those who abide by the law and letting go those who enter illegally. After her petition was filed, Espinosa moved to Sydney, where she married an Australian, which resulted in her petition getting canceled in 1984. Then in 1994, her parents filed another petition, but again it didn’t work. Her mother filed another petition, but it ended with her mother’s death in May 2010.

Taking it to Chaffetz

After seeing their sister struggle, the siblings took her case to Jason Chaffetz in 2012. Adelin was his advisor at that time and pushed the US Citizen and Immigration Service to take up Espinosa’s case. Chaffetz’s office was taken over by Curtis, and her petition’s status remained that same. Finally, in November 2013, her petition was approved and the government agency set October 2017 as a priority date, during which she and her husband’s visa was approved, and they came to the US.

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