Deported to a foreign land

Deported to a foreign land

There are 28 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 22, 2007, titled Deported to a foreign land. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Janina Wasilewski's universe has shrunk dramatically. The sadness and strain can be read in her drawn face.

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Liza

Buliran, Philippines

#1 Sep 22, 2007
Welcome to the club. I was deported too but I decided to leave voluntariy, and now I am waiting for my papers. Hopefully I pass the interview because I miss my family so bad.
When I left my country it was 14 years ago and now it is stranger to me. I had a culture shock, I did not know anybody, the economic was bad. the employment is high and there is age limit for employement. If you are 36 years old you will have a hard time getting a job how much more a 50 years old like me.
So just like you, I watch tv, eat, but I go to school for nursing, I am glad I brougt my computer with me. I joined mission in our church. I looked for my old friends.
Dont feel so bad, have you tried to file for I601 and I 212?
Jeff

Chicago, IL

#2 Sep 22, 2007
Stupid, stupid American immigration policies. I am very sorry for Janina's troubles.
bobbyq38

San Josť, Costa Rica

#3 Sep 22, 2007
I have a better idea. Why not bring the family back here and send Bush and the Republicans there.
viva

Wichita, KS

#4 Sep 22, 2007
Can't have a democracy if everyone does whatever they want. Got to have laws and order that are fair to everyone. If the US needs or wants more immigrants, then they should increase the number of applications. Otherwise, we have heartache stories like this created by laws that are not enforced and immigrants that ignore the laws.
JCG

Merrillville, IN

#5 Sep 22, 2007
As unfortunate as it is, rules are rules. This country has a huge immigration problem. We need reforms, but not open doors.
Kiki

United States

#6 Sep 22, 2007
Why is it so many people have these lawyers that fail to tell them important things? How many of these people are liars and how many of them are really just the victims of their lawyers? This excuse is quite common and I'm not sure what to believe.
gee

Chicago, IL

#7 Sep 22, 2007
So in 1995 she knew she had to leave the United States. So she ignored the judge's order and got married and had a child and pretended all was well. I'm sure she got her due process (deported 12 years after the 1995 decision). She only has herself to blame. The situation had changed in Poland and she should have gone back and applied for a green card like everyone else who has to wait in line. Her situation is not the result of failed immigration policy, it is the result of her own actions.
Drax Ty

Chicago, IL

#8 Sep 22, 2007
bobbyq38 wrote:
I have a better idea. Why not bring the family back here and send Bush and the Republicans there.
Where....Costa Rica?
Whynot

Carson City, NV

#9 Sep 22, 2007
Illegal is illegal. Those who perform illegal acts should have the full force of the law brought against them. Respect our laws and this woman would not have been an illegal alien. The US should execute the laws on the books against every single illegal in the country.

Since: Apr 07

Chicago, IL

#10 Sep 22, 2007
Some questions:

1. Now that her husband is a legal US citizen, can't he bring her back to "re-marry" him and come back to the US? It works for all those mail-order brides (I am not implying she is a mail-order bride...just a work-around of the system).

2. If things are so bad for her in Poland, why on Earth would she take her son back to all that?

3. Where is the husband in all this? When they discussed marriage initially, didn't they think they better get their legal ducks in a row BEFORE entering vows and having children?

4. Why does the husband/father remain in the US instead of providing for his wife and child...or is he sending money back to her in Poland to live on?

5. US immigration policies are enacted for a reason and treat all legal and illegal aliens equally. Do they expect Congress and the US Courts to bend the rules in their favor?
themadtrader

Greenwood, IN

#11 Sep 22, 2007
With all the people we're trying to keep out of our country Janine seems like one we should be trying to keep here.
SKM-Chicago

Woodridge, IL

#12 Sep 22, 2007
18 years in our country and she still is deficient in the english language. That was really her downfall. Europe has open borders and she does not have to live in Poland - she could live anywhere in Europe such as the U.K. where she and her son could speak English and the little one would not lose his ability to converse and think in his native language. One thing I do not understand is when the iron curtain fell and Poland was no longer under the domination of the USSR, why did she not change her status from political asylum to another status? Perhaps her not really understanding English and relying on a "lawyer" contributed to this mess. But, yes, the law is the law and I support the govt. position.
jfh

Roselle, IL

#13 Sep 22, 2007
Stupid government ! We have thousands of Mexican illegals, but they send a Polish lady back to Poland and break up a family ! Shame on US government !!! I'd get a Government job, but I'd have to lower my IQ first ...

“A voice of reason”

Since: Sep 07

Bolingbrook, IL

#14 Sep 22, 2007
The current immigration laws can be effectively enforced only in the Soviet style political system,
.

The laws are bad, not our ability to enforce them.

Janina calculated that plain common sense would prevail over the ridiculousness of the immigration laws. She miscalculated.

As wise people say, common sense is not so common.
Gary Dee

Wilsonville, OR

#15 Sep 22, 2007
The economy is great in Ireland and Britain, and she has a huge advantage even with limited English skills. Most Poles go there with no English at all!

Because of her ten year ban, there's nothing that her US citizen husband can do for now but in that time, she can start another office cleaning business in Ireland.
Mark

United States

#16 Sep 22, 2007
If her entrance to America, was 100% legal? I'm unable to see a problem. Just lots of red-tape.
American

Mount Vernon, MO

#17 Sep 22, 2007
Whynot wrote:
Illegal is illegal. Those who perform illegal acts should have the full force of the law brought against them. Respect our laws and this woman would not have been an illegal alien. The US should execute the laws on the books against every single illegal in the country.
Yes! The law is the law and these illegals have no place in the U.S.!
SKM-Chicago

Woodridge, IL

#18 Sep 22, 2007
jfh wrote:
Stupid government ! We have thousands of Mexican illegals, but they send a Polish lady back to Poland and break up a family ! Shame on US government !!! I'd get a Government job, but I'd have to lower my IQ first ...
Your I.Q seems low enough for a government job. Go for it.
SKM-Chicago

Woodridge, IL

#19 Sep 22, 2007
Henryk A Kowalczyk wrote:
The current immigration laws can be effectively enforced only in the Soviet style political system, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =F2wE0IBmh_QXX .
The laws are bad, not our ability to enforce them.
Janina calculated that plain common sense would prevail over the ridiculousness of the immigration laws. She miscalculated.
As wise people say, common sense is not so common.
Feel free to try the Russian system of government. Just don't let the door hit your A-- as you leave.
SKM-Chicago

Woodridge, IL

#20 Sep 22, 2007
Jeff wrote:
Stupid, stupid American immigration policies. I am very sorry for Janina's troubles.
How did you manage to stay here? One can only hope your papers are in order.

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