**UPDATE: July 13, 2017. Unfortunately, despite all in our community fighting hard as well as Senators Feinstein and Harris sending inquiries on Angel's behalf, Loris was deported to Italy. Now the legal battle begins to bring these husbands back together. Please contribute to their GoFundMe campaign if you can (Please visit our gofundme page to donate. ) or to a fund for another family who is losing a family member to an unjust deportation. Please write and call your US Senators and ask them to adopt a sane immigration policy and to stop the abuses of immigrants and their families.**
Please also watch Angel's Video thank you to all of you who have donated.
Yesterday, Angel Osuna (Women Will member) and Loris Speltini were returning to San Diego after spending the day in Tijuana, Mexico and were stopped by Border Patrol. After showing their identification, being questioned and searched Loris was taken away by Border Patrol. Angel is a US citizen and a full time student at UCSD studying sociology. Loris is an Italian national here on a visa. Loris and Angel were married a year ago. The Border Patrol said that Loris’ visa is invalid because he is married and living here. Neither Angel or Loris were allowed to use their phones while at Border Patrol and once Angel left Border Patrol to find legal help, for many hours Angel could not locate Loris. When Angel found out where Loris was being detained and brought him clothes and a toothbrush, Border Patrol would not let Angel see Loris. They are forcing Loris to be deported even though Loris has volunteered to leave back to Italy. An involuntary deportation could bar Loris from returning to his husband for years. Although an immigration lawyer is trying to push for his voluntary deportation so that he may be able to return on a different visa with less of a delay, there is not much chance of the Border Patrol allowing this. The bottom line is that Angel and Loris will most likely be separated - possibly for years – because, unknown to them, he had the wrong kind of visa. The Border Patrol will essentially “punish” Loris with a 3 year ban for trying to return from a day trip in Tijuana with his husband to San Diego. The current US administration’s crack-down on immigration has resulted in a married couple likely being torn apart for years. Angel is a low-income student who qualifies for Medical. Loris also does not have financial resources. Angel is on track to graduate UCSD next year and plans to go to law school. The financial and emotional burden this has inflicted could shatter those plans. Please help Angel with any amount so he can pay for the last-minute flight for Loris to be deported to Italy, legal fees, housing for Angel (as he may have to move out of married housing), lost work time and income.
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