Sunayana Dumala, the widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was shot dead in a pub by an alleged hate crime in Kansas in February, has recently faced deportation charges from the US. Ms. Dumala, after losing her life partner, returned to the US to fulfil her husband’s dream. She lost her US residency status as her sponsor Kuchibhotla was shot in the bar in Olathe, Kansas.
To save her from deportation, Kevin Yoder, a Republican member of the house of representatives, stepped in. He intervened in time to help her stop the deportation. Later, Ms. Dumala was granted a one-year visa. She is currently working at a marketing agency in Overland Park.
Kevin Yoder said he became “apoplectic” when he heard the news and began working to help Dumala maintain her residency. We are not going to deport the widow of the victim of a hate crime.
In a Facebook post, Yoder wrote about Dumala losing her husband in a “senseless murder no one should ever have to endure”. He added that Dumala also faced the prospect of having to return to India because of her visa status. “Thankfully, we were able to help her stay for now and are working towards a permanent fix…,” he wrote.
We were not going to let this happen, and did everything in our power to prevent it. Glad we were able to help. https://t.co/wgNIorhDwV
— Rep. Kevin Yoder (@RepKevinYoder) September 8, 2017
Ms. Dumala was married to Kuchibhotla in 2012 and the duo applied for the green card in the employment category.