Public Radio International's The World featured a piece today on mixed-status marriages, talking to the wives of undocumented husbands and detailing how some have coped with deportation and their fear of it. Contrary to popular belief, if is very difficult for an undocumented immigrant to adjust immigration status through marriage, especially if he or she entered illegally.
Some spouses of deportees have moved abroad with their partners; one U.S.-born woman and her husband decided to move to Juarez voluntarily from Arizona, where she said they lived in fear. Many of these women have bonded online, sharing their experiences. Some have started blogs, like Giselle Stern Hernandez, who writes The Deportee's Wife. She now travels between Mexico, where her husband lives, and Northern California. From the story: