TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 11, 2019
A Murfreesboro woman who married a U.S. citizen has been banned from ever returning to the U.S., The Daily New Journal reports. Alma Goddard first came to the United States as an illegal immigrant, but married citizen Shane Goddard, started a family, and attempted to gain legal citizenship. After exhausting other resources, Alma Goddard returned to Mexico to attempt to re-enter the country through proper channels. However, as she prepared to depart Juarez to return to Tennessee, she was accused of telling an immigration officer that she was a U.S. citizen, an offense that results in an automatic ban. The Goddards claim that Alma Goddard did no such thing, and now are seeking other means of returning her to the U.S.