Skip to comments.SF binational couple reunited
Posted on 08/15/2013 5:30:08 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
A same-sex binational couple from San Francisco reunited and married recently after an immigration ordeal ended.
Federal officials had held Mexican-born Pedro "Antonio" Ayon Garcia, 45, since June. Garcia, who's lived in San Francisco with U.S. citizen Brad Frazier, 44, for more than a decade, was detained after trying to return to the U.S. from a trip to Mexico.
Garcia, who had most recently been held in Pennsylvania, had a credible fear interview July 25. He found out the next day, July 26, that he was to be paroled, and he was released that day.
Officials found that because of Garcia's sexual orientation, there was "credible fear that returning to Mexico would endanger his life," said Frazier in response to emailed questions this week.
The couple married August 2 in Provincetown, Massachusetts. They returned to San Francisco last week after honeymooning in Provincetown.
Frazier and Garcia's trouble started June 2 as Garcia was returning from a visit to his mother in Mexicali, Mexico. He was stopped as he crossed from Mexicali to Calexico, California, Frazier said in a summary.
According to Department of Homeland Security records, Garcia presented a DSP-150 visitor's visa to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer and admitted that he'd been living and working in the United States without the proper visa.
Eventually, he also "admitted living with his boyfriend in San Francisco" for the past decade, the documents say. His visa was canceled and he returned to Mexico, according to the file.
On June 28, Garcia, who didn't have a criminal
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And since “his life would be in danger” if he returned to Mexico, the only way for him to see his relatives would be for all of them to be brought into the United States.
His family will claim how their lives are being put in danger for being the parents of our son whose life would be in danger should he return to Mexico and now we as his parents, aunts,uncles,cousins.. all our lives have now been put in danger in as well.
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