Immigration to the United States is a complex demographic phenomenon that has been a major source of population growth and cultural change throughout much of the history of the United States. According to Wikipedia, United States has accepted more legal immigrants as permanent residents than all other countries in the world combined.
To be approved as a permanent resident of the United States, a person has to file an application for a Green Card before entering the country, and the person needs to meet some requirements; among the most important of those requirements, are: the person must be a person of good moral character, not be an illegal alien, mustn’t have engaged in any illegal activity, and has not committed an offense identified in section 212(a)(2)
Do all individuals meeting those requirements receive a Green Card? Apparently not.
Recently, Lurleen Hilliard has contacted Examiner.com with her story. Although Hilliard meets all requirements, she and her two sons were denied entry in the USA.
Lurleen Hilliard is an active Advocate for Domestic Violence & Child Abuse, she herself, being a domestic violence survivor, and divorced mother of three, from Ireland.
According to Hilliard she has endured years of abuse from her husband, and when he threatened her, and did not allow one of her sons to return home from a visit with him, she took her two other children and went into hiding.
Afraid for her life and her children’s lives, she did what she thought would be the safest way out – take refuge in the United States of America, where she was already working towards setting up a non-profit organization called All Haven Sanctuary. All proceeds from her book, “Survivors Not Statistics” will also go to this Organization.
Being a survivor of domestic violence, Hilliard knows first-hand how hard and unsafe is, to break away from an abuser who feels he/she loses control, that is why her organization is designed to keep families with children and teenage children together, and help victims not only break away but ensure that they never return to their abusers.
“We do not want to take anything from anybody in the USA. We want to help victims, with the project we have planned that will insure men, women and children not only leave their abuser, but that they never go back.”
She stresses that she does not want any financial aid from the US Government.
“We have somewhere to stay, and work. We will support ourselves, all that we want is to be able to feel safe, and in the process help other victims of abuse. What is so wrong with that? It is crazy to think that literally six hours on an airplane would give my sons their lives back, yet it seems millions of miles away.” she said.
She and her Organization are an asset to the USA. Why was she turned away? What is the criteria? We would like to hear from you.