CORONA, Calif. (FOX 11) – 26-year-old Jose Palomar admitted to formerly smoking pot and now he may be stuck in Mexico for 10 years.
The Corona resident and DACA recipient planned to visit Mexico for a week to secure his green card and now he says he’s not allowed back in the U.S. Palomar came to California from Mexico when he was six years old with an illegal relative and has lived here ever since.
Three weeks ago, he went to Juarez, Mexico to seek permanent residency in the US. On the physical exam, he admitted he used to smoke marijuana, which is legal in California but not under federal law.
The U.S. Consulate denied Palomar’s visa, marking that he had used a controlled substance. Palomar says he is not allowed back in the US for at least one year, possibly 10 years, when his ineligibility expires, and he can reapply.
“The thing that hurts me the most is when I see my wife crying when I talk to my little kiddos and they start crying as well,” said Palomar on FaceTime from Juarez. “I’ve always been that person to take control of everything I do and make sure I do everything right. I’m in a situation where I have no control.”
Published: July 29, 2019