Soldier Seeks Humanitarian Visa for Illegal Wife

Army National Guard Spc. Hector Nunez's wife was deported back to her native Mexico

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    WASHINGTON - MARCH 27: A protester holds an American flag and a Mexican flag while participating in a protest on the west front of the U.S. Capitol March 27, 2006 in Washington, DC. Thousands of immigration advocates rallied on Capitol Hill to protest the immigration bill that is before Congress. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez says the case of a U.S. soldier who's been separated from his illegal immigrant wife and U.S.-born child is an example of the flaws plaguing the immigration system.

    Army National Guard Spc. Hector Nunez is a 26-year-old native Chicagoan whose wife was brought to the U.S. illegally when she was six.

    After the two were married in 2005, she sought legal status but was deported. Nunez said they got bad legal advice.

    His wife lives in Mexico with their son who has medical problems. But both consider Chicago home and would like to be reunited.

    "She wants to come home. She cries every day that she wants to come home. Mexico is not her home. The majority of her time has been spent in the U.S.," said Nunez, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

    With Gutierrez's backing, Nunez on Monday filed a petition for a humanitarian visa.

    "I think any American citizen would look at this situation and say this is stupid. This is inhumane. This is unfair," he said, adding that it's a tragedy a soldier is suffering because of a flawed immigration policy.