Law aims to unite families separated by immigration system

Law aims to unite families separated by immigration system
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 4:54pm

Two local congressmen are introducing a law that would unite families separated by the immigration system.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, and Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Alamogordo, are introducing the American Families United Act, inspired in part by Edgar Falcon.

The El Paso native married his long-time sweetheart at the U.S.-Mexico border this year because she's been barred from entering the United States.

He says her sister brought her over illegally as a teen and was eventually deported. She currently lives in Durango, Mexico.

"It's been devastating for us honestly," said Falcon, who hopes this law will reunite him with his wife, in El Paso.

"The American Families United Act will not only help my case, but will help all these families that have been broken up by the immigration system," he said.

The bill would allow judges or the Secretary of Homeland Security to review cases so families of American citizens could live and stay in the U.S.

It would prohibit this review for those who do not have a legal basis to live here or those with serious criminal records.

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