Jerysse Uzoegwu is an American citizen. Despite her family's service for the country over several generations, she was denied the stimulus payment simply because she sponsored her husband to become a legal immigrant and filed her taxes with him.
Jerysse is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit that has put pressure on legislators to address the issue.
Please support Jerysse's right to equal treatment under the law by urging her Senators and Representative to support legislation to fix this problem for citizens like Jerysse.
To Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers:
Jerysse Uzoegwu is one of your constituents, an American citizen. Her family has sent three generations of soldiers to fight for our freedom in this country. Yet, now, during the global Coronavirus pandemic, this country has denied her a benefit intended to help American citizens. Jerysse is married to a visa holder who is in the process of obtaining a green card. On the advice of an immigration attorney, Jerysse filed a joint tax return with her husband, who used an individual taxpayer identification number. Because of that, a clause in the CARES Act prevented her from receiving a stimulus check. This is wrong.
We, the undersigned, support Jerysse, and we urge you to support the passage of H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, with all possible haste.
Tell the Senate: equal treatment for US citizen spouses in immigration reform
US Citizens are the most neglected constituency in our debate over immigration reform. Currently proposed legislation for other classes of immigrants includes waivers or exemptions that are not available to US citizens spouses. This petition asks for equal treatment for US citizen spouses. Please sign this petition to help!
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To the United States Senate,
The highest priority for legal immigration includes Americans' spouses and children. That isn’t an opinion. Here’s how it works: while there are exceptions, the rule that distinguishes legal immigrants from illegal immigration is that legal immigrants are invited – by Americans.
The only numerically unlimited category includes the spouses of US citizens. It is our right as Americans to marry for love without being forced to choose between marriage and our country.
A failed immigration law passed in 1996 destroyed the balance between the right of a US citizen to sponsor their wife or husband, and immigration offenses that do not rise to the level of crimes. Rather than enact effective steps to stop illegal immigration, Congress persists in pointless cruelty.
Every plan to legalize the undocumented population, including DREAMers, includes 'waivers of inadmissibility'. We want those same waivers to be available to US citizens who sponsor their spouses. Whether it is a narrow 'stepping stones' bill or comprehensive immigration reform, the rights of US citizens must be included.
We want whatever they get.
Anastasia is an American citizen who was born and raised in California. She was was denied the stimulus payment simply because she filed her taxes with her husband, who is an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) holder.
She formed and administers a facebook group, Mixed Status Families United, that has has attracted over 15,000 members in a few months, and she helped organize and identify plaintiffs for a class action lawsuit that has raised the profile of the issue.
Please support Anastasia’s right to equal treatment under the law by urging her Senators and Representative to support legislation to fix this problem for citizens like her.
Press Conference with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer:
To Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris, Representative Tom McClintock:
Anastasia Campos is a constituent of yours, born and raised in California.
Anastasia filed her taxes with her husband, who is an ITIN holder. Because of that, a clause in the CARES Act prevented her from receiving a stimulus check. This is wrong.
We, the undersigned, support Anastasia, and we urge you to support the passage of H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act, with all possible haste.