The deadline for "Angala" is Monday, June 13, 2016. I promise that the information below is true and am searching for assistance. Please pass along this information to anyone you know who can help her. I can be reached at email@example.com for further information.
I'm hoping you might be able to assist me. My inquiry involves the immigration office of St. Louis, MO, and a recent denial of citizenship for a legal immigrant with permanent residency status (without conditions). I don't want to take up too much of your time here, so I will give you just the highlights.
I am currently assisting a young woman, in her thirties, from Mexico obtain U.S. citizenship through the St. Louis immigration office. Angala (I am changing her name in order to protect her from more abuse and delay) applied last year, and on May 18, 2016 she was denied. Her interview with the immigration agent resembles the intimidating, manipulative, and often abusive situations as reported in a Post Dispatch 2011 article, please see link below. Evidently, nothing has changed since then, as several immigration attorneys have told me the conditions under which immigrants filing for citizenship through the USCIS St. Louis field office have not improved. I have helped Angala find an attorney who has reviewed her case and does not have much hope for an appeal. In his opinion, the St. Louis office will not proceed fairly. The appeal will cost $600 and legal fees will exceed $2,000. She cannot afford to appeal, especially when it will likely fail. The original application of $900 zapped her savings.
Angala holds two university degrees, has a full-time job as a pre-school teacher (@$11/hr), has permanent residency without any conditions, speaks perfect English, and pays taxes. She lives in St. Louis, MO. So, I am hoping something can be done for Angala. I dare not hope that something could be done about the immigration officers who continue to mistreat people who come to them for immigration rights.
The reason for the denial of Angala's application rests on missing dates from visits to her parents in Mexico, due entirely to the negligence of border officers to stamp her visa as she left the U. S. However, all of the dates for her re-entry into the U.S. are valid on her visa. The trips were brief and even without the exit from Mexico stamps the time lapses between visits would still fall short of the allowed time a permanent resident can be outside of the U.S. in the given period. She has resided in St. Louis for two years, and lived in Texas and Wyoming prior to moving here, for a total of over ten years in the U.S.
There is, in my estimation, consistent evidence that the St. Louis field office lacks integrity. Not only has the Post Dispatch reported foul play within the immigration St. Louis field office’s system, but local attorneys have told me this month that the mistreatment and unfair practices continue in most of the application cases.
Her appeal period ends Monday, June 13, 2016. She cannot appeal until the missing date information is submitted and because the border offices have not responded with any information about her exit dates, likely do not even have such detail in their system, and due to the delay in the USCIS' denial letter being delivered (they mailed it to a wrong address), she will lose any chance of becoming a citizen of the United States. This has been her dream and she has worked very hard to be a responsible and valuable member of U.S. society, not to mention the St. Louis community.