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Dear Editor:

I am a US citizen married to a Mexican national. My husband had been in the US for almost 20 years when he was detained for 9 months and then deported (12/00) for a third offense DWI. I look forward to reading the Daily hoping to find laws or procedures that have changed in our favor. I have to admit that I was a little outraged to read the article [in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution] by Julia Malone about the EOIR blocking a deportation because a family would suffer a hardship. I don't think the INS or the EOIR have any idea what hardship is. There are thousands of families that are suffering from the ludicrous immigration policies and laws of this country. Our family is suffering, but the EOIR didn't give us a second glance. In March of 2001 the Circuit court in our circuit ruled that a DWI is not a crime of violence, which is the charge that was listed on my husband's NTA. We filed an appeal based on the ruling and were basically told by the EOIR that my husband has been out of the country over 90 days, so they didn't want to go to the trouble of reopening his file. Meanwhile, our 6 and 4 year old children are having to take anti-depressants in order to get through each day. I struggle to keep a roof over our heads. Is this not a hardship? The federal court stepped in and pulled the reins back on immigration and now nobody is detained or deported for this offense. So why is it OK for them to continue to destroy my family? I don't believe for one minute that there is any portion of the INS or the EOIR that is sympathetic to the well-being of the thousands of citizens that are suffering as a result of their policies and decisions. If someone was convicted of 1st degree murder and was later proven not guilty, would it be OK to just let that innocent person continue to serve the life sentence because he was already in jail? Sounds pretty ridiculous, doesn't it? That is what my family is dealing with. I am sorry for the extent of my letter, but it infuriates me to read material that implies the INS or EOIR has a heart. As horrible as it is, I search and search for a way to get my family back together.

Thanks for the ear,
A Faithful Reader