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July 10, 2015
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
I, Beatriz Villagran, hereby declare the following. I declare under penalty of perjury that the following is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. My name is Beatriz Villagran. I was born in Puerto Rico. My current address is 847 Pine Road Ocala Fl 34472.
I met Lombardo Villagran on the summer of 2007. When we met, I already had 3 children from my previous marriages. Lombardo and I lived together for 3 years then we decided to get married. We have been married since August 14, 2010. My children fell in love with Lombardo while we were dating. He touched their hearts, loved them, cared for then, he made them fell like he was their very own father. I admire, love him deeply for the way he took my children like his own. My children only knew their biological father for their first 2-3 years of life. When Lombardo came to our lives it was like a blast of rushing love for me and my children. He changed our world around. Lombardo is the best husband in the world to me. All of his qualities are precious to me and my children. Lombardo is a loving, understanding, caring, respectful, attentive, hardworking, devoted, and best of all; humble person.
My oldest daughter Daniela Ortiz now 19 lives in Ocala Fl together with my son Leonel Ortiz that is 16 years old. Daniela and Leonel are from my first marriage, and Lombardo raised them like his own. Daniela was 11 years old and Leonel was 6. Now we are helping her get into a nearby college. A lot of people thought the Leonel was his own child. Leonel only met his biological father once when he was born.
Evelyn Valencia is 11 years old and resides with us. Evelyn is my child from my second marriage. Lombardo raised her since she was 3 years old. She was his little girl or like people say, she is “daddy’s little girl”.
Finally we have our own child Lombardo B. Villagran Jr., he is 5 years old, that also live with us. Lombardo Jr. was our surprise baby, or better said, “Our blessing from God”, since I had my tubes tied after giving birth to Evelyn. God knew my heart and how I felt and wished that Lombardo was the biological father of my first 3 children too, since he did not have any children of his own.
We moved to Florida last year to be closer to some of my family here in Florida. In Orlando I have my half brother, Jesus Rodriguez and my other brother Alexis Carrasquillo. Jesus was a Marine for this country. He is glad that I finally found someone that he likes as a brother in law. He loves and respects Lombardo. Alexis is a humble brother that enjoys having family gatherings with us every time he can come and visit.
My mother Magdalena Rosario lives in Puerto Rico. She recently widowed from my father on Dec. 2013. She is currently comes often and stays with us for a couple of months to relieve of her greave. My mother loves Lombardo like his own son. My mother is also going on mission trips to different countries like Honduras, El Salvador, and Cuba. She would like to also go to Guatemala on a mission trip when it is available. My sister Aixa Carrasquillo lives with my mother in Puerto Rico. She comes to visit when she has vacation.
I also have my aunt Noemi Rosario and my cousin Kasandra that lives in Puerto Rico. They have not yet met Lombardo because of Lombardo’s inability to travel to Puerto Rico. I also have two half sisters that live in Puerto Rico and that I met when my father passed in December of 2013. My half sisters names are Wilma and Lissette Carrasquillo.
If I were to move to my husband’s country Guatemala, I may not be able to come back and visit my family in the United State because our financial status would not be the same as in the United States. If we were to have to move to Guatemala, it would be very difficult to contact my family thru Skype or email because of the cost of this luxury.
We are not planning on traveling to Guatemala and financially we are unable to save at this time to travel to Guatemala due to the fact that we are in the process of moving to a new home and all of our savings are going our first home. I can even imagine ourselves living in my husband’s country.
If we were to move our family to Guatemala, we would be living at my mother in law’s home. My mother in law’s home has 4 bedrooms and she has 7 other siblings living there already. This would be very uncomfortable for us. My children would be sleeping on the floors. We would not have air conditioning. This home is located of a main road that she always complains about the noises of the cars and trucks that pass by. I was told that there are no nearby hospitals and the schools are about 20 minutes away. The hospitals are about 45 minutes away from my mother in-laws home. My mother in-law has told us that there were times when she had seen people being shot in front of schools and she has also been a victim of holdups in public transportation. Lombardo himself was a victim when he lived in Guatemala and he had a girl holds a gun up to his head to kill him if he did not give her his wallet at a bus. I’ve never been there but I can picture every detail when they tell me their experience. We would not be able to walk outside the home without seeing things we have never seen before, but in movies. This is fights, killings in front of us, children doing drugs, homeless children, kidnappings, shootings, and even being put at gunpoint. All of this will distress us.
I would be risking my families lives if we were to move to Guatemala; not only their lives, but their future, their well being, and their health. My children might not even be able to attend a school there. If they were to attend a school, it would have to be a free and safe bilingual school. The bilingual schools in Guatemala are very far and expansive. We would not be able to afford them to attend. Or they would have to be homeschooled because they probably will never step a foot out of the house or even put their heads out the window were we would live because of the crime level in Guatemala. People might think that I am overreacting, but I would not take the chances. Homeschooling maybe a good idea, but we would not have the facility of the technology.
Our children would have difficulty going to a local school because of the language barrier. They do not speak nor read and write in Spanish. The closes school that they can attend there is about 20 minutes away from my mother in-laws home. I would never allow my children to walk nor would I leave her house to take them there. The crime level everywhere including the schools is horrific. I would be ruining my children’s lives. Evelyn has plans to travel all around the world, become an author and artist. If I keep her inside without an education she would never reach her goal. She wants to attend a Georgia college when she graduates high school. She wants to learn many oriental languages and travel to other countries like Korea, Italy, and Japan. Lombardo Jr. is very active and I would have a hard time keeping him inside the house and I would be too scared of him running out of the house and be in the middle of a gun battle in front of the house. I want to raise him her in the United State where I am not limiting their possibilities. Lombardo is at an age the he is very curious and wants to imitate everything he sees. I do not want him imitating a child in Guatemala that has a gun or drugs in his hands and then to see how others kill others.
My children are Americanized. They never slept on the floor, something they would be doing if we lived in Guatemala with my husband’s family. They always had a home with air conditioning. They have the ability to step outside when the y want even their own backyard. They always have food, and never went to sleep with an empty stomach. They have always had what they needed and at time what they wanted. They don’t even speak Spanish even though we at times talk to them in Spanish so they can learn. I think that my children would never forgive me if I would move them to Guatemala, and make them suffer. This would be like sentencing them to death. They never been to Guatemala, but they have heard enough stories from Lombardo, his family in Guatemala, news and friend experiences, that they would never would like to go, not even to visit. They can even wash their close by hand. They had always had a washer and a dryer. I can’t even imagine having my children hand wash and hang dry their close. They can choose to eat or not and whatever they want. I can’t imagine my children or me living there permanently.
I do not suffer from any chronic medical condition. Bu t I do believe that if something were to happen to any of my children or husband in Guatemala and I was unable to help; I then would be mentally ill. For, I am the main provider of the home here in the United State and they depend on me. I am the one who works daily to provide, I am the one who drives everyone in my home to the schools or places like the groceries stores, doctors. I would not be able to do any of these things in Guatemala because of the fear of the violence there. If I did get sick in Guatemala, I would not let any doctor lay a hand on me. There is just too much malpractice in that country and I do not want to become one of their victims. Here in the United States, I pay for medical and dental insurance for me and my children thru my job.
I have some college experience wish it has put me into my current job career as a Personal Banker at a bank. I currently get paid $37,400 annually plus $400 quarterly for bonus. I can only support my family here. If my husband were to live in Guatemala, I would not be able to support him there. This is very important to us, that we have enough to support ourselves. I also get medical, dental insurance thru my job. They also give me 401K plan and life insurance. I have been working with this bank since February 24, 2014. This is my career and my goal is to retire here.
I love working as a Personal Banker. I help people with their finances and open or close accounts for them. I help them with their financial well being this could be by loans, security, budgeting, counseling, and many other financial duties including their trust. Since I am the only bilingual Personal Banker in the area, I have the majority of the Spanish clients come to my bank to bank with us.
If I were to live in Guatemala there would be a possibility that I can find a similar job to the one here, but the pay would not be the same. Plus even if there were to be a job there, I would not go because I will not risk my life to go to a job and not come back home. They could not pay me enough to work in Guatemala. I would prefer to work three jobs here in the United State to help support my husband in Guatemala.
My husband takes care of the youngest children of the home. This helps me out financially, because I do not have to pay for any daycare and he helps out with their school work when they come home. When we come home the house is clean and food is done. This saves me time from cleaning and having to come home tired and cook. At times when friends from church need him to work with him, I take him to them. He would work with them installing tile or carpet. He may get paid up to $500. This helps us out by adding more to our savings account for the purchase of our new home. I trust God that Lombardo will soon get his US Residence so he can start driving and working legally in the United States. This would relief me tremendously.
I beg that nobody in my family would have to leave the United States to live temporarily or permanently in Guatemala. I do not want to leave the United States much less my children and husband. I was born blessed with God’s mercy in having everything I need. I have been able to work, been educated, and have always had a roof over my head. I have very respectful children and that I believe that living where I live and raised them up in the United States was the main reason.
The freedom in the United States is incomparable. I can’t even see myself living in a place where I cannot step foot outside because of having fear of my surroundings like in Guatemala. There is no security in Guatemala. I would be a prisoner in my mother in laws home because I will not leave the home.
It breaks my heart to think about the possibility of my husband’s waiver being declined. I hope that if everything goes well and gets his waiver approved that we would be able to finally purchase our home. I we do not purchase and his waiver gets declined, I would have to find a smaller home and am going to probably have to rent an apartment just to make ends meet.
If we were to be apart, I would miss everything about my husband. His is a huge support to us. This is mentally, emotionally. I would need him to support me in everything I do like he always does. It’s like taking a piece of me way. I would not know how to live. I would not have his support with the children. It would be very difficult to help my children emotionally and to let them understand why he is in a different country and not with his family. He is my other half, why would anyone want to set us apart?
Beatriz Villagranor lay a hand on me. There is just too much malpractice in that country and I do not want to become one of their victims. Here in the United States, I pay for medical and dental insurance for me and my children thru my job.
The freedom in the United States is incomparable. I can’t even see myself living in