US citizen Bruce Pritchett has appealed to well-wishers to sign his petition to President Donald Trump after his efforts to legalize his Kenyan wife’s status was rejected by Immigration authorities.
Bruce's wife, Salome Pritchett, is facing deportation after the US Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) denied her a green card for allegedly “marrying a white man.”
The two got married in 2015 and have a three-year-old son together.
In his petition, Bruce narrates how the immigration authorities frustrated Salome's bid to get a green card.
Here is his petition:
"My name is Bruce Pritchett, a US citizen by birth in the State of Missouri, I got married to my wife Salome Pritchett a Kenyan citizen on August 8, 2015 in Missouri. My wife has been legally living in the United States for 7 years. She’s hardworking and pays Taxes in this country. We have a 3 yr old son together, who was born in Illinois. We filed a petition to help my wife Salome to adjust her legal status through marriage and get her a green card, in May 2017. We had an immigration interview in December 2017. During the interview the immigration officer asked my wife why she “married a white man”, which to me that’s racial profiling, violation of human rights to marry and discrimination.
She also demanded my wife to “revoke her then legal status” without telling us if she approved the green card or not. Her questions and demands to revoke my wife’s then legal status before approval of her green card made us including our lawyer very suspicious of her intentions.
Our lawyer advised my wife not to revoke her legal status because that would make her illegal in United States if the officer doesn’t grant the green card on the spot. Therefore, leaving my wife vulnerable for deportation, and I could not let that happen. Following the advice of our lawyer not to revoke my wife’s legal status the officer sent us home promising that all she needed was a signature from her boss to send us the approval notice of my wife’s green card in 7 days, but it never happened.
Together with our lawyers, we spent the whole year of 2018 following-up and requesting the US Citizenship and Immigration Services to send us the promised approval notice in vain. Our lawyers did everything possible to get them wrap up my petition and give my wife a green card but all fell on deaf years of U.S Immigration Services. In March 2019 our lawyers advised us to sue the USCIS in St. Louis, Missouri to stop the delay of our petition and grant the green card. They got mad and sent a notice of Intent to Revoke the approved petition that they approved back in 2017 and never sent the approval form to us.They gave us 30 days to send more documentation to prove that my wife was free to marry me, which we did. We even got the Certificate of No Impediment to marriage from Kenya, my wife’s country of origin, stating that my wife is free to marry me and other documentation required to prove our marriage is legal, including copy of Kenyan laws Marriage Act. Which this immigration officer said that the “Kenyan marriage laws are not in place”.
Although the Officer acknowledges that my wife’s “Family Ties In The United States Are Positive Factors” She went ahead to deny my petition for my wife’s green card.
I demand immigration Justice for my wife, because the USCIS did not even take time to review all the legal documents they asked for to prove my marriage to Salome is legal. Our lawyers said this immigration officer is not following the law concerning our case. That means, she’s only out to destroy families and deport people for no reason. We have less than 30 days file an appeal against this unfair and injustices of USCIS. Which is very expensive.
I have a 3 yrs old son who needs his mother and I need my Loving wife close to me. We love each other, and we both love our son to death. We take our marriage vows very seriously and nobody will separate us."