The Left Turn
We received this letter on June 4 and our world fell apart. We were in the process of applying for Earth's green card and this wasn't what we expected when we got another envelope from USCIS. At first we thought, "They're wrong, they just don't know about the Compact of Free Association. We can fight this. We can fix this!" Admittedly, a very American way of thinking. We spent two weeks working with our congresswoman's office, finding a lawyer, and working on a strategy for appeal when suddenly the other shoe dropped.
So we did. Earth and I got on a bunch of airplanes and took ourselves to Ebeye. We stayed with Earth's family there for two days and then moved over to a friend's house on Kwaj on a visitor's pass.
I'm working on securing a job on Kwajalein and have a small apartment lined up for Earth and I on Ebeye. I'll commute to work on Kwaj every day and Earth will stay with his Mama Elizabeth and start at a preschool in September. As soon as I have all the proof of residency that I need, I'll file for his N600k and then we'll wait.
This isn't the life we wanted but we're dealing with it as best we can. I'm crushed by all the things I'm going to miss in the lives of my family at home but at least I have Earth with me. We'll get through this and be back together as soon we can