Bring back our mom
MILWAUKEE - Forced to leave everything she loves, a Wisconsin woman stranded in Mexico for a year is finally back home. We first brought you this story in July after the family asked the I-Team for help. Now we have more on this mother's emotional reunion with her family.
It was a painful separation for Minerva Green, her husband and children. She's now back home in Mt. Pleasant trying to get back to "normal" and hoping our country's immigration laws change.
Minerva is focused on getting her boys ready for the new school year. Her oldest Alex is in high school, the youngest Angel, is 6. A family finally as it should be, together. Her nine-year-old, Eric, told us "everything's now normal with Mom home."
But it's been a rough year. Minerva remembered, "there was no end to it. It was really difficult." She was forced to leave home last summer for Mexico. It's all part of the visa process for people in the United States illegally. A process Minerva was told would take a few months. Six months came and went. Then Minerva learned it could be a year or more before her visa was approved. "I was like I need to go home, somebody help me I need to go home."
Minerva has lived in the U.S. for 20 years. She came over illegally to work; ten years ago she married a U.S. citizen, who is also a disabled veteran. She and Jeff had a family, but under current immigration law you have to leave in order to come back. Minerva calls it the hardest thing she's ever done. "Mostly because of my kids, my kids. I've never been separated from my kids."
Her biggest worry was Ivan, the Green's autistic son. Something that still makes her emotional. "Many times when I think about the things that he needed, and I was not here for him."
Then just as our first story aired, Minerva's visa was approved. She could come home. Minerva told us she walked through her front door at 2 a.m. The kids were right there in the living room, sleeping on the floor. Eric said, "I just saw lights. Then the door opened, and I'm like 'it's Mom, it's Mom!' " Minerva said she couldn't wait to hug all four of her children.
Now she's back in the life she loves as a mother, a wife and surrounded by good friends. Minerva hopes immigration laws are changed, soon, so no other mother has to endure what she did. "It's like you're taking part of their lives away from them, and I don't think no mom should go through that."
Minerva's visa is good for 10 years, but she hopes to be a U.S. citizen before then. Her long term goals? Go back to school and get her nursing degree.