KNCO and other media reported a story on Thursday about the arrest of Pascale Fusshoeller, the founder of YubaNet web-based new service in Nevada County. Thursday afternoon a statement was released by her spouse, Susan Levitz.
“My wife Pascale is the victim in this heartbreaking situation. Her only crime was falling in love in the US, a country that didn’t allow gay people to marry. Almost 15 years ago she overstayed her visa so we could stay together. For all that time we waited for the laws to change, living in the shadows and sharing very little about our personal lives.
Finally we were allowed to marry, which we did in July, soon after Prop 8 and DOMA couldn’t stop us. We were in the process of getting all our paperwork together to get her green card, and then she was pulled over for a routine traffic stop. Because we don’t have the green card yet and she doesn’t have a license, she identified herself as me, hoping they’d just write a ticket and she could be on her way.
Instead, she was arrested, and CHP reported her to federal authorities, known as ICE. A routine traffic stop shouldn’t be able to ruin our lives and our business. But right now Pascale is in jail and could be deported any minute. That’s what’s criminal here. This is outrageous.”
Levitz also wanted to thank the overwhelming response of the many people that have sent messages of support since the incident became public.