Gay Brazilian married in US may face deportation
Boston: A Brazilian man who was recently reunited with his Massachusetts husband when federal officials temporarily allowed him into the US said he could face deportation because the attorney general won't reverse the immigration ruling that initially separated the couple.
Genesio Oliveira, 31, said Monday that he could be forced to return to Brazil in six months because of Eric Holder's decision.
"I was very depressed," Oliveira said in a telephone interview. "I'm terrified. I thought this would be over by now."
Three years ago, Oliveira and husband Tim Coco, 49, of Haverhill, were forced to live apart when Oliveira was denied asylum over claims he was raped as a teenager. A judge found Oliveira's fear of returning to Brazil "genuine," but ruled he was never physically harmed by the rape.
The Associated Press does not typically name rape victims, but Oliveira speaks openly about his case and allows his name to be used.
The case gained international attention from gay rights and immigrant advocates who criticized U.S. officials for separating a legally married couple.
In June, at US Sen. John Kerry's urging, federal officials temporarily allowed Oliveira back in the country on humanitarian grounds.