GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Welcome home signs adorned the lobby of the Gulfport-Biloxi International airport, as young girls practiced their homecoming cheer for their uncle. Patricia Silva sat anxiously waiting for the love of her life to return from Peru.
"He had to go home to finish the paperwork. So we've been separated since April," said Patricia Silva.
Six months ago Jose Silva was forced to go back to Peru in order to complete the process to become a permanent American resident. It's something he's been fighting for almost a decade.
"My baby's coming back," said Patricia.
Patricia said it's been a long battle. While she was glad it's over, she couldn't help but think of others who are still fighting.
"We don't have to look over our shoulders," said Patricia. "We don't have to worry about what the president will or won't do. We don't have to worry about that anymore. But, there are so many other people that do have to worry about that."
It stays on her mind, especially as he arrived home and she greeted him with a big hug and happy tears. The family rejoiced as Jose hugged his way around. When asked if it was good to be home, Jose exclaimed, "Oh yes! My wife's here! My wife's here!"
Smiles were all around as a difficult journey came to an end.
"It's been hard. It's been really hard," said Patricia.
But for the Silva's, the road ahead is paved with happiness. That's something Patricia hopes comes a little easier for others fighting the same battle.