USCIS Approves 2010 Green Card Petition for Monica & Cristina, First Couple to Stop DOMA Deportation
Monica and Cristina joined The DOMA Project in the summer of 2010 when Monica was being held for three months in a detention facility in NJ after a random check of a Greyhound bus in upstate New York put her face to face with Border Patrol. After 10 years in the United States she was facing deportation.
Her attorney, DOMA Project founder, Lavi Soloway, waged a long battle to have her released, and after she was home with Cristina they joined DOMA Project founder on September 26, 2010 at a rally for Marriage Equality the first public event at which gay binational couples organized by The DOMA Project spoke out against DOMA deportations.
Throughout 2010 and 2011 they fought to stop Monica’s deportation. They never gave up even when the cause seemed hopeless. Finally the government and the Judge agreed to postpone removal proceedings so that Cristina’s marriage-based green card petition for Monica could be adjudicated. Later in 2011 the government moved to close the proceedings altogether pursuant to prosecutorial discretion guidelines. Last week, Monica and Cristina attended a green card interview at which their petition was approved by USCIS, paving the way for the approval of their green card application next.
Read more here: http://bit.ly/1hyEL15 and watch this great video produced by Freedom to Marry profiling Monica & Cristina: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5cZnGID-vE