MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The mother of a fallen Marine from Maryville is planning to visit the home office of a U.S. senator to protest, what she says, is his holdup of a bill.
Robin Ferschke says Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is against a bill that would fix an immigration loophole. That loophold has kept her daughter-in-law and grandson from moving to the U.S.
Ferschke's son, Marine Sgt. Michael Ferschke, was killed in combat in Iraq two years ago. A month before his death, he married a Japanese citizen, Hota Ferschke, by proxy. Hota Ferschke, who was pregnant with their son, cannot move to the U.S. because the marriage is not recognized under federal immigration law.
Ferschke is making a public and personal appeal to Sen. Sessions, she says, because she is unclear why he hasn't supported the bill. She wants her daughter-in-law and grandson, Michael, to live in the U.S.
Ferschke says she will visit Session's office in Mobile, Alabama, on Tuesday in hopes of talking to him while the senator is on Thanksgiving break. The bill passed the House unanimously last week and now needs Senate approval.