Hota Ferschke's husband, Marine Sergeant Michael Ferschke, died in combat for his country and his widow and son are still stuck in Japan. Why? Another section of law that needs changing!
Please read the Associated Press article that explains Mrs. Ferschke's predicament, and help us advocate for a solution! It is unacceptable for us to leave this Marine's widow behind while others gain legal resident status. We must help. This page is dedicated to the fight to gain permanent resident status for Mrs. Ferschke, so that she can raise her son Mikey in the place that her husband intended them to be - in Tennessee.
Hota Ferschke, widow of Marine Sergeant Michael Fershke, and their son Mikey
November 15, 2010 - Republican Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. of Knoxville, Tennessee is a hero! He pressed a bill forward in the House of Representatives, and successfully obtained passage of the bill with no objection from any of the 435 members of Congress! The bill, H.R. 6397, the "Marine Sergeant Michael H. Ferschke, Jr. Memorial Act" now proceeds to the Senate for action. Please urge your Senators to Act before Congress is over this year, as the bill will die without action in the Senate.
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) have taken up the fight for the Ferschke's. Having served his country as a combat Marine in Vietnam, Senator Webb recognizes the sacrifice our soldiers make to secure our nation. That sacrifice should be honored by protecting the widows and children of our fallen soldiers. Congressman Duncan, who enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard in 1970 and rose to the rank of Captain, is the Ferschke family's Congressman, and is leading efforts in the House.
Legislative efforts are being made by Senator Webb and Congressman Duncan, reinforced by support from both Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN). Almost every year the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provides military-specific immigration provisions to support the work of our armed forces, and the Senate Armed Services Committee oversees this authorization bill each year. You can view the list of Committee members by clicking on the link below.
It is our hope that this group of Senators can include language in the NDAA this year that would allow Mrs. Ferschke's marriage to be recognized for immigration purposes as long as the military recognizes the marriage. We can help by encouraging members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services to support Senator Webb's efforts. Call them, email them, and help them to understand this issue and its resolution!
Marine Sergeant Michael Ferschke and his wife Hotaru Ferschke
Hotaru Ferschke and her mother-in-law Robin Ferschke