LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A San Fernando Valley mom is stranded 8,000 miles from her husband and three sons, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be reunited anytime soon.

Neng Hostetler, 35, went back to her native Thailand to clear up her visa, so she could get a U.S. green card.

Hostetler was smuggled into the United States illegally 17 years ago. She and her husband, Seth, have three sons; twins Landon and Logan, 4, and Jacob, 5.

“She’s told me a few times she feels like she wants to die,” Seth Hostetler said. He and his sons have been keeping in touch with Nang through FaceTime.

Neng Hostetler admits she broke the law when she entered the country in 1999. A smuggler brought her into the country, and her sister paid the bill.

“She came in, not a right way, she knows that, she was a young girl, 19, scared,” said Seth Hostetler. “We’ve gotten everything right, we’ve gotten all the forms. We got a waiver for her unlawful presence in the United States.”

The family also hired an attorney to help with the process.

In January, Nang Hostetler went back to Thailand to clear up her illegal entry into the United States and apply for a visa. She thought it was just a paperwork matter, but the U.S. State Department denied Hostetler’s visa and accused her of being a smuggler.

The family attorney filed an appeal, providing the government with two signed depositions. One was from Hostetler’s sister. Another was from a woman who came to the U.S. with Hostetler. Both said Hostetler was not a smuggler.

The motion to reconsider was denied by the State Department. The Hostetler family says the State Department hasn’t told them what evidence it has, and the department wouldn’t comment on the case to CBS2 News because visa applications are confidential.

“There are four U.S. citizens here, my three sons and me, who are basically being told ‘if you want to live with your mom, you’re not going to live in the U.S.A. any more.  You  have to go,” said Seth Hostetler.

Comments (10)
  1. That’s what happens when you sneak into a country as an illegal alien, sooner or later it’s going to bite you in the ass. Don’t feel a bit sorry for her.

    1. Zee Flynn says:

      Sounds like you’re late for your Trump rally.

  2. Zee Flynn says:

    Rule # 1 NEVER leave the country when applying for a Green Card.

  3. If you break the law, don’t expect any courtesies.

  4. Lori Ramsland says:

    She was trying to do the right thing by going back and straightening things out and in that case I think there should be leniency.

  5. Olden Atwoody says:

    If she had been “smuggled” into Thailand and overstayed 17 years, she’d be in jail. No sympathy.

  6. Just go through Mexico. Pay a coyote $1000 and your in America. Heck even the poorest of Mexicans know how easy it is. It’s like crossing the street.

  7. Karl Childers says:

    She needs to claim she is a Muslim from Syria. She will be expedited muy pronto!!

  8. Julie says:

    Wow, pretty judgemental from some. I guess when you guys were 19 you never did anything you shouldn’t have. But then again, if you grew up in the US, you were living a sweet life already and can’t imagine having to leave everything you know to have a better life. This country is built on illegals. I’m not saying open the flood gates, but why call ourselves the land of the free if we don’t allow those from countries the opportunity to have a better life?

  9. sounds like human trafficing to me she was smuggled into the usa how do you do that it takes alot to smuggle someone in the uSA she broken no laws am sure she was used and abused her sister paid the bill all right called being on the back whom questions anyone y dosen’t her family move to thialand simple said simple done hope the best by the way the atty is going to cost you thousands of dollars and nothing will be done an act of god in this case

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