Local soldier's wife prevented from entering the country
TACOMA, Wash. -- A U.S. Army soldier is doing battle with his country, fighting to get his wife allowed back into the United States.
Hayley Collinge left for a time to go back to her native Canada and wasn't allowed to get back across the border to be with her husband.
For four years Spec. Andy Price has served his country, including a tour of duty fighting in Afghanistan. Now he's back home living alone. His Canadian wife is unable to visit.
"I'm just trying to spend time with my wife," Price said.
A few weeks ago at the U.S-Canadian border, Collinge was stopped at the border trying to come into the U.S. as she'd done many times before.
"I felt like it wasn't really fair that they turned me away, quite honestly, because I wasn't doing anything wrong and they almost treated me as if I was," said Collinge from her Canadian home in Kamloops.
The couple's attorney, Greg McLawsen, said Customs & Border Protection turned her away because the couple had just filed a marriage visa. He said the law says when you do that you can't come and go across the border.
But, McLawsen said the government recently said U.S. soldiers' wives on the U.S. side of the border illegally would be given amnesty to stay.
"So, in a sense, Hayley was treated more harshly because she was trying to follow all of the laws than she would have been if she'd just jumped the fence, said McLawsen.
However, after our inquiries and the attorney's inquiries into the situation, McLawsen said the government had relented.
"Yes, you're good go," said Price to Collinge via Skype from the attorney's Tacoma office.
Price is now going to Canada to spend Christmas and bring his wife home.
"It's a great Christmas story," McLawsen said.
The couple says they're going to help change the law so other soldiers and their spouses don't have to go through what they did.