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Dear Editor:
I have been living with the same pain described in Immigration Daily's recent editorial. I recently became a US citizen and am still waiting for INS to complete review of my petition for my wife that I filed as a permanent resident in 2001. I talked to INS officer at the service center where I filed my petition and they said it will be placed for review and approval process and that it would take about 30 days to complete. It has been way more than 30 days since I was given this timeframe. I contacted the same service center and now they tell me to wait 120 days. I have been separated from my wife for almost 30 months now (over 6 months since I became a US citizen). This kind of delay causes lots off stress and puts lots of pressure on newly formed relations between a husband and wife. During and after the recent war, I have listened closely to interviews of family members of soldiers describing the pain and stress of having to leave behind their spouse. Isn't this the same for all those immigrants with green cards separated and waiting to be reunited with their families? These delays are not only harmful for nuclear families, but also seriously affects a person's ability to lead a normal life. It would be better if green card holders can bring their spouses and children in the US on a non-immigrant visa to await visa availability. There was a bill introduced in the House to amend the INA on 3/14/2001 by Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. from NJ sixth district. Bill # H.R.1028: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit the admission to the United States of nonimmigrant students and visitors who are the spouses and children of United States permanent resident aliens, and for other purposes. This bill was last referred to House subcommittee on 4/19/2001 and there has been no action since than. This bill would help permanent residents and also the airline industry by transporting these travelers to the US to be reunited with their families.

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