I am an American by birth with three American children born to myself and my French husband. We moved back to the U.S. after my husband lost his job in France. We had no where to go. I have applied for my husband’s green card and work authorization. I do not make enough money to be his sponsor and do not have anyone willing to take such a risk.
My issue with all of this is simple. I am an American citizen. I have been married to my husband almost six years. We have three beautiful American children together. As an American citizen shouldn’t having my husband here with me in the United States, my country of birth, be a basic right? A basic right as a citizen of this country and as a human being?
My husband is not able to get a interim work authorization because these were stopped this past September. So, he is not even able to sponsor himself.
It is not easy to make it with only one salary and three children. My husband wants to work. We both must work in order to make it. If I don’t have a husband with me here in the States then I either must go back to France with my husband or stay here on welfare until I can get on my feet. I, of course, will go back to France with my husband. Once I have French nationality I will renounce my U.S. citizenship if this matter is not resolved. In my heart I will always be American. But, if I don’t have the right to live in the own country with my husband because of money then it is not my country. Is it? Money should not be an excuse to take away my rights as an American.
I am very hurt and angry over this situation as I am sure you or any other American in my place would be. I think that most Americans have no idea that this is taking place. Once they find out that this goes on I am sure they will be as furious and upset as I am. I would never have thought that the right to live in my country with my family would be based on money. It is a shame that I may have to uproot my family and return to France over this. It is regrettable that I will have to leave my country behind me not because I want to but because I do not have the RIGHT to live here with my husband.
Even if I had an additional sponsor or was able to sponsor my husband myself, what does it mean? They or I could loss our jobs at any time. It just doesn’t make sense. My husband would not become a public charge because he and I would both work. However, even if we did need financial assistance like some American families do, why would my family not be able to get it just because I am married to a French? Am I less American because I am married to a French? Is my government telling me that in order to marry who I want I must make a certain amount of money? That is stupid. Most importantly it is wrong.
I was raised to fight for my rights as an American. I will not let this go.
I have the right to live in this country with my husband of choice even if I sleep on a bench in a park each and every night. It is my right as an American and my right as a woman. My husband has the right to be with his wife and children even if he is poor. We are a poor family but we are a family.
If my country turns it’s back on my family and we are forced to go back to France because we are poor (because my husband cannot work in the US at the moment), I will never step foot on American soil again. There will be no benefit to my being American. I would never have dreamed that this could happen. Not in America.
I am a wife and mother that is pulling her hair out with worry over this. How will we go back to France? It will take months to save the money for the airplane tickets on my salary alone. Where will we stay when we get to France? Will we have to stay in a shelter? How will I feed my children? Will my children be safe? I am angry. I am furious. I am sick about this. If my children suffer at the hands of my own country, I will never forgive America. I will never forgive you.
As an American wife and mother, I am asking that the requirement for a sponsor be waived. Why? It is unfair. It is against basic human rights.
It is unAmerican.
I have sent this today.