Judge: U.S. Doesn’t Have to Explain Why Immigrant’s Wife Was Denied Entry

RENO, Nev. (AP) – The federal government does not have to explain to a Nevada man why his wife – a grandmother and farmer in Mexico – has been denied entry to the U.S. for more than 20 years under “alien smuggling” rules, a federal judge has ruled.

A lawyer for Reno landscaper Jose Isabel Esparza-Munoz, 69, had been arguing in court since November about whether immigration officials must do more than simply cite the section of law pertaining to smuggling. U.S. immigration officials have been blocking 65-year-old Maria Esparza’s entrance to the country since she first acknowledged in 1994 that a son listed on her original visa application was really her grandson born to her teenage daughter.

U.S. District Judge Robert Jones said in dismissing the case Thursday none of that matters because Esparza-Munoz didn’t become a naturalized U.S. citizen until after the visa was denied.

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