An Arizona Republic newspaper article of interest. See http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0217illegalbride0217.html
U.S. immigration law drives husband, wife apart
"It was the Christmas holidays. Brown was visiting his wife, Virginia Carrillo, and son, Bryan. Their separation began in September the day the family applied for legal status for Carrillo, Brown's illegal-immigrant wife. They hoped Carrillo would qualify for a green card based on her marriage and child to Brown. Instead, Carrillo was barred from returning to the U.S. for 10 years. Now, the family is forced to live separately on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexican border." Arizona Republic, Feb. 17, 2008.