SANTO DOMINGO.- The U.S. government is trying to deport the wife of Army specialist Alex Jimenez, who has been missing in the deserts of Iraq for more than a month.
Yaderlin Hiraldo entered the US illegally from the Dominican Republic in 2001, and when Jimenez petitioned for her green card while he was stationed in Iraq it alerted the government to her presence, according to a report on Boston television station WBZ.
The Dominican-born Jimenez went missing May 12 in Iraq when he and two other soldiers were captured by al-Qaeda following an ambush.
Hiraldo's green card processing was stopped by an immigration judge when her husband went missing, and the government has so far refused to grand a so-called hardship waiver that would allow her to stay in the country.
Matthew Kolken, an Immigration lawyer told WBZ that Hiraldo would have to wait 10 years to return to the US if she returned to the Dominican Republic to apply for a green card, as the Government wants her to do.
Jimenez's identification card was found in an al-Qaeda safe house recently, along with a video claiming that al-Qaeda members had killed Jimenez and other member's of his unit. But there has been no other sign of him since his disappearance.