I-Team Follow-Up: Immigration Laws
Last year, the I-Team found out that the Hummel family of East Winsor was being separated because of immigration problems.
Usanee Hummel came to the U.S. when her family arranged a marriage but she never married her fianc. She later married Roger Hummel and had two children. The I-Team found out Usanee was forced to leave the country because her original visa was considered invalid. Under the immigration law, she can not apply for a new one for eight more years.
Roger Hummel tried for two years to convince the government to let his wife, Usanee, return to the U.S. However, his efforts have failed and Hummel and his children will be moving to Thailand to join his wife.
After 9/11, there was a crackdown on illegal immigration. There was also a law that says immigration judges are not allowed to offer leniency in deportation cases. Government documents show 68,000 people were forced to leave the U.S. last year. The number of cases where immigrants are forced to leave the U.S. without committing a serious crime have increased 45 percent.
The I-Team placed calls to the Immigration and Naturalization Service to discuss the Hummels case, but the calls were not returned.