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Faces of immigration: DNA test reunites family

December 14, 2011 (1 min read)

"The day Hoang left Vietnam with her new Vietnamese-American fiancé, she knew it would take a while before she'd get the chance to petition for her 10-year-old son Dat Le to join her in the United States.  While she expected a long haul, she couldn't foresee the harsh road ahead, which included doing a DNA test to prove that Dat Le was truly her son.  An abusive relationship, near homelessness and a three-year battle with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials, who ultimately granted Dat a visa after the DNA test, culminated in a long-awaited reunion. Last week, mother and son reunited with hugs and tears at Los Angeles International Airport. Dat met his young half-sister, Jennifer Tran, for the first time." - Cindy Carcamo, Orange County Register, Dec. 14, 2011.