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Local Family Reunited After Years-Long Immigration Issues

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The Guzman girls couldn't wait a second longer to be near their dad.

His wife, Paula - almost speechless. She's been waiting two years and eight months to see Ramiro. Their teenage daughters say they have a lot of catching up to do with their dad.

"I would like to show him my graphic work. I'm part of The Red House Project, so I'd like to show him the stuff I've been doing there," says daughter Rachel.

Like so many others, the Guzman family's story is complicated. More than a decade ago Ramiro was deported to Mexico.

Being married to Paula, an American, and having children here wasn't enough. "We would get over a hump and then something else would happen and we'd have to get over that and each time we would have to go to the back of the line."

"Some people try to do this on their own and are unaware of some of the pitfalls. Other people, probably even worse, go to people who hold themselves out as immigration experts and truly aren't."

Kyle Edgerton helped Paula with her case. He runs the immigration assistance program at Catholic Charities & St. Vincent's programs. The Guzman family also got help from Congressman Mark Amodei's office, who sent a letter to U.S. Immigration Services.

"When they look at the information and see that everything that the family has done is in order, they try to work the case a little faster," says Amodei's aide Arturo Garzon.

Ultimately, the Guzman family prevailed. Ramiro was granted the right to be a legal resident of the United States. "Don't give up, be strong, because if you love them that much, it's worth it."

There are accredited low cost immigration services available through Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada as well as Catholic Charities & St. Vincent's programs.

For more information:

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

http://www.planevada.org/

Catholic Charities & St. Vincent's Programs

http://ccsnn.org/immigration.html

Written by Andi Guevara

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