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Marine’s widow wins right to live in America

Date Posted: 2010-12-23

Hotaru Ferschke and her young son will be able to live in the United States, thanks to long awaited action from the Congress.

The Okinawa woman, widow of U.S. Marine Sergeant Michael Ferschke, has been trying to win the right to live in America since her husband was killed in Iraq in 2008. The couple was married by telephone while she was in Okinawa and he was in the Iraq combat zone, but the marriage was ruled invalid by U.S. immigration officials because the marriage was not consummated, despite the fact she was pregnant with Ferschke’s child.

The House of Representatives passed a private relief bill that waives immigration law only for Hotaru Ferschke, granting her permanent resident status. U.S. Rep John Duncan of Tennessee pushed the bill for nearly two years. It passed the Senate earlier and goes to the president for approval. She and her son will live with her husband’s family in Tennessee.

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