Harlem grandma finally gets green card through military link after filling suitcase with paperwork from failed attempts

How a Harlem grandmother with the help of pro bono lawyers finally got her green card.
News Story (New York)

Erica Pearson
New York Daily News
September 14, 2015

Tags: Immigration Process


“This is a miracle from God,” said Jara, who emigrated from Ecuador in the 1980s. “I’d like to thank God, the Blessed Virgin, my lawyers, who helped me, and my son, who serves this country.”

Jara , whose son Luis is an Air Force staff sergeant who served in Iraq and is now stationed in Alaska, found help in 2013 through a program at Public School 146, which her grandson attends. The school offers free legal aid to students’ parents and caregivers through a partnership with the nonprofit Volunteers of Legal Service.