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When Guillermo Fondeur immigrated to New York, he wanted one thing: a flexible job that would let him spend maximum time with his family. Driving for a patchwork of rideshare apps worked perfectly, right up until the moment that it didn’t.
Miranda Katz is an associate editor at Backchannel.
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It began with a love story. Guillermo met his wife at 21, when he was fresh out of the Dominican Naval Academy. Lorda, a year younger, had immigrated from the Dominican Republic to the US as a child, and was on vacation from her job as a healthcare aide. When the two met at a dance club one evening, it felt like kismet: They spent the rest of Lorda’s vacation together. By the end of her trip, they were in love.
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What followed was a whirlwind romance conducted across a 1,500-mile distance; within seven months, they were married. A few months later, Lorda gave birth to their son. Still living in New York, she sent Guillermo an application for a green card.
The application process was onerous and dragged on for over two years. The distance started to wear on the couple: Lorda was only able to visit Guillermo twice a year, and he was often dragged away on naval missions when she was in town. Guillermo, by his own admission, wasn’t behaving well. (“I was living over there by myself; you know how sometimes a man goes crazy.”) In 2000, shortly after the birth of their second child, a daughter, they separated—but Lorda agreed to continue with the green card application so that Guillermo could visit their children, Jason and Rachel.
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When Guillermo’s green card finally came through, he took a 30-day leave from the navy and flew to New York....
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