Foreign Widows and Widowers asked to leave the US
A number of foreign men and women married to US citizens have been asked to leave the US when their spouses died.
In our post-9/11 world, immigration has become increasingly tough on, of all groups, widows.
A foreigner who marries a U.S. citizen is entitled to become a U.S. resident.
But Immigration has been trying to deport several hundred widows and a few widowers - foreigners who had been married to American citizens when the Americans died.
Raquel Williams was one such widow who was asked to leave the US when her husband Derek Williams died.
The immigration officials told her she had to go back to Brazil but her son, five months old at the time, could stay.
Derek had insomnia, so he'd watch TV on their couch during the night. But he also had breathing problems and an irregular heartbeat, which proved fatal. After he died, Raquel and her son Ian moved in with Derek's parents, and three months after Derek died, Raquel finally had the immigration interview that she had been asking for for a year - the interview to prove that her marriage was legitimate.
She went to the interview with Ian, and brought all the documentation needed to prove she had been married to Derek; she also brought the death certificate.
"And I explained what happened. 'My husband pass away. What can I do from now? This is his death certificate,'" she remembers. "'Oh, your case, your case is gonna be denied.'"
"And they said, 'You're gonna have to go back to Brazil.' And I said, 'I have my son. You know? This is my son. He's American citizen.' And they said that, 'You can go. He can stay.'"