Deported nurse wins approval to return to the US
A nurse who was deported to Mexico has won her improbable fight to return to her four children and job in California after winning a ticket in a visa lottery.
Maria Mendoza-Sanchez told the San Francisco Chronicle she learned Friday her visa had been approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Mendoza-Sanchez, 47, and her husband were deported to Mexico last year amid the Trump administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
Her case drew support from political leaders and her colleagues at Highland Hospital in Oakland held a rally protesting her deportation.
The hospital petitioned for her to get an H-1B visa, arguing her experience caring for cancer patients qualifies her as a highskilled worker.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she was pleased Mendoza-Sanchez was granted the visa, given the nurse’s contributions to her community and the importance of reuniting her family.
“This is the kind of common sense and compassion our immigration system desperately needs more of,” Feinstein said.