Hello, My name is Chante Padilla. I’m the wife of a wonderful man, and a mother to our beautiful daughter. A proud citizen of the United States. Meeting my “wonderful man” at the age of 10, now 25. I never would of known that our lives & future would be so complicated. My “wonderful man” was brought to California at the age of 2 from Mexico. Along with his mother my “wonderful mother in law” and “wonderful brother in law.” Their father brought them all here for hope for a new future. For a dream. My father in law was able to get a green card for himself and his brother. On the paperwork he listed my mother in law, husband and brother in law living in California with him. In fact the end of the lines where he should have applied for them as well, was never checked. He checked the area for his brother in law instead for reason to this day still “unknown” – 23 years later my husband still “illegal”. Now my “wonderful husband” has to live a life of persecution. A life with awful limitations such as: he will never get a drivers license, college out the door, when pulled over the cops are “jerks” taunting him about when he plans to get his paper work “fixed”, we have not been able to fly visiting family in other states. Everything we own is registered under only my name. We are hanging on by threads. My “wonderful husband” with so much to offer is constantly held back in life. How can he work without getting in trouble? How can he provide for the family he loves so much? Talk about an Ego smasher. He cannot vote, the country he has always lived in denies him of all rights. My husband found out at the age of 14 the country he calls home is NOT his home. The Great USA. Life since then has taken a drastic toll. We have looked into the military hoping to prove YES He’s an American he will fight for this country HIS country… they will not accept him. Why does he have to be “accepted”. In the last 6 years we have seen three lawyers, reaching for help someone please help! We have been told after 9-11 the laws have changed, despite our LEGAL marriage, My husband would have to go back to Mexico, a place he’s never known, a place he’s never called home. Mind you- he’s VERY Americanized. In order to get the “paperwork/petitions” started you must have two forms of government issues I.D’s, as well as the undetermined stay in Mexico- until someone decides to look at his case. Now with that said he was brought here at 2 remember. What kind of ID’s will a 2 year old have besides his birth certificate? So even if we wanted to go through with this process and sacrifice our family more then we have already done do, and also divide our precious family stripping my 3 years old princess of her father- we cannot. My husband only has school records and a birth certificate. Neither acceptable. We have tried, begged. We’re screaming and no one is listening. We have attempted to go to the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento, California. Driving 2 1/2 hours also there we were denied the Matricula Card. They stated we would need 2 forms of ID to get the Mexican I.D. Why would we want a Mexican ID if we already had the 2 forms required. Another let down. Constant no’s. Constant rejection. Our family refuses to give up. This last week I have decided to speak up, to use my voice. I decided I will write the White house everyday until I see change. I decided to use all the resources I can. I will not settle, I hope you do not either. Hope & Change comes within. Do not rely on anyone else to make it happen. My prayer is that going back to Mexico is not an option for all the children and adults brought here as children. Its inhumane . That should be “illegal” It should be illegal to be called an “illegal” Thank You for reading my story.