Your body changes SO rapidly during pregnancy. And then, it comes with the intense hormones and strange pains that you’ve never, ever had before. For me, pregnancy has not been easy. Luisa has officially taken over.
Admittedly, Jose and I have both kind of fallen a bit off the bus with Love, Hope and Borders. Even though Luisa is not here yet, our lives have already changed. She’s in charge, and I know she will probably be for many years to come.
For me, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Jose isn’t a citizen—if that makes any sense at all. In my eyes, he is everything a citizen should be, and I literally can’t imagine him not being here, especially now. Because we’ve been consumed with all things baby, our immigration journey is in the background. Of course, it’s always there, but Luisa has our full attention now.
Handing it over to Jose for a quick update –
Regardless of how our lives have changed since we found out we were expecting Luisa, Haley is still the brains of Love, Hope and Borders. She’s better at keeping you up to date on our immigration process, that’s for sure!
We still have not heard anything regarding our waiver for my visa. When we met with our attorney last, she said we may hear sometime in early 2019. As many of you know, I currently have DACA which allows me to have a work permit and a driver’s license. My current DACA expires in the summer of 2019, but we made the decision to renew it since we found out we would be expecting our baby girl. We should hear back on my DACA renewal within the next several months. My current DACA will overlap with my new DACA, but I will be protected against deportation and I will have my work permit until 2021.
Once our waiver gets approved I will have an interview scheduled with USCIS in Juarez to see if I will qualify for my visa. If our waiver is approved in January, we will most likely postpone the interview. Haley cannot travel that late in the pregnancy, and I do not want to miss the birth of my little girl. From that point, we have to decide if and when I will try to schedule the interview. Having a renewed DACA will buy us some time. Because of the uncertainty of being able to return, it’s one of the hardest decisions we have to make. It was difficult before when it was just the two of us, but now we are bringing a beautiful little girl into this world and we want to make sure we make the right decision for her!
In the meantime, we will keep hoping for some sort of reform not only for DACA recipients, but for all immigrants currently living in the US. Whatever happens, Haley and I will make sure we take care of our baby first and we will continue to set an example to her to never give up, to keep fighting, and to always believe in the good! We will be raising a strong young woman that will be able to take on the world!