User Login    
 + Register
News : Efforts made to reach U.S. leaders on behalf of Trenton's Gray family
Posted by Tom on 2012/7/13 10:10:00 (638 reads) News by the same author

Trenton resident Ali Gray says she has been in contact this week with the offices of Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, and Congressman Sam Graves, concerning her family's residency efforts. The family is on a federal government waiting list for green car permanent residency status. Of most immediate concern is the approaching 21st birthday of the Gray's oldest daughter, Lauren.

As conditions currently exist, when Lauren turns 21, she no longer would qualify to reside in the U.S. as a dependent to her parents. The Gray's moved to Trenton in 1995 on an investment visa to own and operate the Lakeview Motor Lodge and Restaurant.

Of the contacts this week with the offices of Senators Blunt and McCaskill, and Congressman Graves, Ali Gray indicated Senator Blunt's office, thus far, has provided the most assistance:

Click here to listen to Ali Gray

Senator McCaskill, in an interview with the MissouriNet's Bob Priddy, said her office will try and help the family, all it can, within the law:

Click here to listen to Senator Claire McCaskill

Ali Gray contends, based on their watch of movement on the "waiting list", the list is NOT progressing in order:

Click here to listen to Ali Gray

Ali Gray explained an application for green card permanent residency was made in 2003 and approved in 2009. However, she indicated the counting period should revert back to 2003. The family is still waiting to receive its permanent residency status.

She said the family has continued to be in the U.S. legally, partly through what is called an "I-94 Form".

Lauren Gray is seeking public support from an online petition calling for legal immigrants, like her, to qualify for the Dream Act so she can stay in this country while she waits for her residency to be approved. There have been around 2,000 signatures. The website is www.change.org.

The city of Trenton will be sending invitations to Senator Blunt, Senator McCaskill, Congressman Graves, State Representative Casey Guernsey, State Senator Brad Lager, and President Barack Obama asking them to attend the next City Council meeting on Monday, July 23rd.

Trenton Mayor Nick McHargue made the suggestion during Thursday's Trenton City Council meeting, during which the council gave its support to sending the invites.

The political figures, or their representatives, are to be invited to meet with the council regarding the problems that the Gray family have experienced in seeking permanent residency in the United States.

Mayor McHargue told PAR Broadcasting the invitations are a way to show community support for the family:

Click here to listen Trenton Mayor Nick McHargue

The discussion about the Gray's situation will be open to the general public:

Click here to listen Trenton Mayor Nick McHargue

The Trenton Mayor said he realizes that President Obama will likely not attend, but he will get an invitation anyway:

Click here to listen Trenton Mayor Nick McHargue

Dr. McHargue told PAR Broadcasting that he does not believe "scientists who helped win World War Two would have been in this country if our current immigration laws were in place then".

Attending Thursday's Trenton City Council meeting were Ali Gray and her parents, Colin and Nora Withers, all of Trenton. Colin Withers gave thanks for the support the family has received. He added that there has been "an amazing amount of support from throughout the area". Ali expressed her agreement with those remarks.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/3/3 6:42:26 - Two Arrested By Grundy County Sheriff
2015/3/3 6:40:00 - Grundy County Sheriff Enters World Of Social Media
2015/3/3 6:38:43 - Bethany Man Injured In Early Morning Accident
2015/3/3 6:36:17 - Twenty Grundy County Entities Not Holding Election
2015/3/3 6:31:41 - Bishop Hogan Memorial School At Chillicothe To Hold Fundraiser
2015/3/3 5:43:01 - Head-On Collision Kills Ridgeway Man, Closes I-35
2015/3/3 4:18:07 - Mom Convicted Of Killing Son, 5, By Poisoning Him With Salt
2015/3/3 4:13:51 - US Considers Banning Type Of Popular Rifle Ammunition
2015/3/3 4:10:05 - Teacher Found Hanged In Southern California High School Classroom
2015/3/3 4:05:34 - Bill Clinton's Official Portrait Includes Shadow Of Monica Lewinsky's Infamous Blue Dress, Artist Says
2015/3/3 3:58:05 - Columbia Man , 88, Pleads Guilty To Fatally Stabbing Wife
2015/3/3 3:54:41 - Police: Woman Falls Through Ice, Dies Trying To Retrieve Dog
2015/3/3 3:52:07 - Body-Camera Maker Has Financial Ties To Police Chiefs
2015/3/2 13:10:00 - Mercer Cardinal Coaches Shows For Monday, 3/2/15
2015/3/2 10:41:34 - Grundy R-5 Coaches Shows For Monday, 3/2/15
2015/3/2 9:45:56 - Grand River Conference Balances Divisions With Braymer Move To The West
2015/3/2 9:32:24 - Nine Injured In Weather Related Accidents Over The Weekend
2015/3/2 9:28:26 - Chillicothe Holds Off Trenton, Win District 15 Semifinal, 47-36
2015/3/2 9:18:17 - Amateur Radio Emergency Service Groups Sponsors Class
2015/3/2 9:10:00 - Back-2-Back Region Champs: Lady Pirates Beat St. Louis In OT
2015/3/2 5:24:37 - Green City Man Transported To Hospital After Accident
2015/3/2 4:37:18 - Huge Marijuana Bust At California Border Crossing Nets 15 Tons
2015/3/2 4:33:24 - Massachusetts Police: Teen's Text Encouraged Friend To Commit Suicide
2015/3/2 4:20:52 - Missouri Gun Murder Rate Second Highest In The United States
2015/3/2 4:13:18 - Man Accused Of Throwing Rocks At Patrol Car, Kicking Officer
2015/3/2 4:09:44 - Missouri Issues Licenses To Grow Hemp For Epilepsy Patients
2015/3/2 4:05:05 - Shatner Defends Absence From Nimoy's Funeral
2015/3/2 4:01:10 - Man Says Iphone Exploded In Pocket
2015/3/2 3:58:46 - 14-Year-Old Girl Killed After Facebook Spat, Planned Videotaped Fight
2015/3/2 3:56:04 - One Boy Dies, 2 Injured After Falling Through Icy Pond



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM