"A few weeks ago when Juan Perez of Sunnyside and his wife, Diana Blanco De La O, celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary, the couple couldn't give each other that anniversary's traditional gift of flowers. They couldn't share a romantic dinner out, or even a low-key night propping their feet up at home and snuggling through a rented movie. The couple have lived more than 2,800 miles apart since early 2011, when Blanco De La O became stranded in Mexico while trying to obtain a green card. They've spent almost two years trying to convince the federal government why it's a hardship for a husband and wife to be separated. And their attorney, Tom Roach of Pasco, says they never should have been separated at all. "This is bureaucratic stupidity," Roach told the Herald." - Michelle Dupler, Tri-City Herald, Nov. 25, 2012.
Marine Juan Perez of Sunnyside has been fighting the federal government for nearly two years to get a green card for his wife, Diana Blanco De La O. She was born in Mexico and brought to the U.S. illegally by her family at age 9. The couple have lived more than 2,800 miles apart since early 2011, when Blanco De La O became stranded in Mexico while trying to obtain a green card. Photo courtesy Juan Perez.