Couple marries on border bridge to protest immigration laws

Couple marries on border bridge to protest immigration laws

POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 2:17pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 7:32am

The border may divide them, but love can't keep them apart. An unusual wedding was held today atop the Paso del Norte International Bridge. Edgar Falcon, an El Paso resident, married Maricruz Valtierra Zuniga, a resident of Mexico.

Valtierra can't live with her new husband in the U.S. or even enter the country because authorities say she falsely claimed to be a U.S. resident when she was a teenager. A 1996 immigration bill signed by then-President Bill Clinton made falsely claiming U.S. citizenship an offense so serious that it barred offenders from ever reentering the country. Falcon said in 2005, when oral declarations of citizenship were still common, Zuniga's older sister incorrectly claimed that the siblings were U.S. citizens. Falcon said he and his fiancee did not realize how dire the situation was until they decided to get married and visited the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juárez.

The couple says they held their wedding on the bridge to send a message that immigration laws need to be changed.

"We want to present another face to America," Falcon told the Texas Tribune. "Immigration does not only affect illegal immigrants but it also affects us as U.S. citizens and is affecting a lot of families."

Congressman Beto O'Rourke attended Tuesday's ceremony, and promised to legislation to address families separated by border regulations.

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hmmm amazing I guess then he can go live in Mexico? obey the laws people

Immigration and Nationality Act section 212(a)(6)(c)(ii), permanently bars from the U.S. any alien who willingly and falsely claims to be a U.S. citizen. There is no waiver (pardon) for this inadmissibility. Even if the false claim was made on her behalf by her sister but she willing and knowingly acquiesced to the misrepresentation, she is still inadmissible.

The point is that all of these people have broken the law for years and years and then suddenly
they decide to protest. Unbelievable. Then they will get residency status, keep their license plates
from Juarez, retire, go to apply for food stamps, medicaid, and public housing and all this goes
on and on. These people know the system. Just look at the state parking lots there cars with Mexican plates. Oh by the way, they don't want to learn English either! Wake up everyone
this is whats happening.

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