There seems to be a groundswell of support for Tatiana Miroshnik and Eugene Kotelnikov, her 16-year-old son, who have been served deportation papers to return to Russia by June 18.
Miroshnikov moved to Fremont 13 years ago and married a U.S. citizen but divorced before she had obtained her green card. She appealed, but the court decided this year not to grant her or her son permanent residency. (Eugene was 3 when he came to the U.S.)
Many members of Centerville Presbyterian Church, where Miroshnikov plays the violin, have been rallying for her to stay. They say a woman like Miroshnikov — a single mother who isn’t on welfare nor harmed anyone, and who has given back to the community by performing in various local music groups and promoting music education in schools — shouldn’t be targeted by U.S. immigration officials.
If she is deported, Miroshnikov would leave behind her U.S.-born daughters, ages 10 and 8, and cannot return to the United States for at least 10 years.