Her story was one of many heart-wrenching examples of our nation’s broken immigration system – something she and her mother-in-law, Robin Ferschke, have been fighting hard to fix.
It’s a love story, interrupted…Hota and Sergeant Michael Ferschke were married while the Sergeant was stationed in Iraq. At the time, Hota had just learned that she was pregnant with Michael’s child, adorable “little Mikee” pictured to the right. However, because they were married by “paper proxy,” and not in person, a 1950’s-era immigration law would not recognize the couple’s marriage. As Hota’s mother in law, Robin Ferschke, explains it:
The 1952 law says they have to consummate after marriage in order for her [Hota] to be married in the United States. They couldn’t consummate because my son never came back.
Sergeant Fershke tragically died in uniform, shortly after he and Hota were married.