#Law Reform
Senator Mary Landrieu, Senator David Vitter, Rep. Cedric Richmond
United States of America

My name is Dionne Dupre D'mello. I am a United States born citizen, married to an Indian national. My husband is ineligible to receive a visa to the U.S. and is banned from re-entering the U.S. for the rest of his life.

What sort of horrible crimes must have he committed to receive such a harsh punishment? NONE. His only transgression is the misuse/overstay of his U.S. issued non-immigrant visa- a simple civil offense. My husband has been away from me, our family and our home for over 2 years now.

Hundreds of thousands of other U.S. citizen spouses, parents and innocent children also suffer the same forced separation of family due to their loved one's ban for non-criminal immigration violations. These bans, anywhere from three years to a lifetime, are disproportionate to the violations they punish. I don't dispute that some punishment may be in order, but the current bans are cruel and UNJUST. Regardless of your stance on immigration in general, can you sincerely say that this isn't so? Should I really have to choose between living in The United States with my son and my entire family or living thousands of miles away with to be with my husband?

Please join me in support of fair laws and family unity!

Existing law: http://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-29/0-0-0-1956.html

We, the undersigned, call on our Congresspersons in this 113th session to reform the laws that unjustly ban intending immigrants who are immediate relatives to US citizens under INA sections 212(a)(9)(B)(i)(II) and 212(a)(6)(C)(i) and all other sections that do not pose a direct threat of health or security to the people of the United States.

No more lifetime inadmissibility for misrepresentation!

No more 10 year inadmissibility for overstaying a visa!

Let the punishment fit the violation.

We call for sensible and just laws that value family unity!

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The Fair Immigration Laws for Family Unity petition to Senator Mary Landrieu, Senator David Vitter, Rep. Cedric Richmond was written by Dionne D'mello and is in the category Law Reform at GoPetition.