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Military veteran's fight to return to U.S. could soon be over

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HURON COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A military veteran is fighting to be allowed back into the country and his fight could soon be coming to a close.

After hearing TV5's report, some local lawmakers are joining in the veteran's fight.

His family is currently living in mid-Michigan.

Kelly Castro is a mid-Michigan native and a U.S. citizen but her husband Sergio is from Panama.

The couple was living in Panama with their three teenage kids when they decided to come back to Huron County so their oldest daughter could attend Delta College.

That's when Kelly says her nightmare began.

Desperate and growing impatient, Kelly says she has spent the last thirteen agonizing months working with immigration to get through the red tape to bring her husband home and it has taken a toll on the entire family.

Sergio served in the U.S. military until 2000 when he was honorably discharged. The couple moved to Panama so he could go to school to become a teacher. 

Despite being married to a U.S. citizen and being an army veteran, immigration services told Sergio he could not come back to Michigan with his family.

"It's extremely, extremely frustrating knowing that we're trying to do things the right way and it's not enough. I don't know what else they want." says Castro.

TV5 talked to Congresswoman Candace Miller's office to ask the tough questions. Just why has it taken so long to bring this father of three and former U.S. Army vet back to his family? TV5 received this statement:

"While we can't provide specifics, we can confirm that our office has worked to help expedite the reunion of the Castro family in Huron county. Sergio Castro has rightfully sought the legal path to U.S. Citizenship. For that, along with his service to this great country, he should be commended."

Kelly Castro also received calls from the offices of senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow offering to help. She says it's disappointing it took a TV5 broadcast for them to act, but she's not focused on the past.

"In the long run to goal is to get my husband here. Whoever can help me do that part then that's all that matters," says Castro.

TV5 will continue to stay on this story and ask the tough questions until the family is reunited.

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