25 December 2009
By obeying law, couple mired in 10-month immigration maze

BY CHASE PURDY & TONY GONZALEZ
The News Virginian

Kim Romero always planned to buy two tickets for her return trip.

She never anticipated riding back across the country, to Waynesboro, with an empty seat beside her, with an empty feeling inside her.

But as her bus rumbled down the continent in February, through the South and into sunburned Texas, Kim Romero knew she found the right path. She and her husband Rigoberto “Rigo” Romero agreed before he left weeks earlier: before immigrating back to the United States from Mexico, he’d do the required paperwork at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez on the United States border.

“When it all boiled down to it, it was the right thing to do. In the end, he’s got to go home to get the visa, to get the green card, to live here,” she said. “My problem was when they sent us this letter saying he needed to be in Ciudad Juarez. They already knew they weren’t going to let him back.”


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