TAMPA, Florida -- The balloons and smiles tell a story of happiness and extreme anxiety. For the first time in more than five years, the Ngwashi children will have their father home.
Frederick Ngwashi is the son of a king from the African nation of Cameroon. Since 1999, he held a green card to live and work in the United States. His wife, Evangeline, was a nurse, and both worked hard to provide for their family.
Then, one day in 2008, INS agents knocked on their front door.
"So he went out without shoes on, and we saw them handcuff him, and they asked me to bring his shoes. I just cried and cried. I said, 'What is happening?" said Evangeline.
Because of a mix-up in his immigration paperwork, Frederick was deported back to Cameroon, his family left in Tampa to fend for themselves.
For years, Evangeline fought to get her husband home, and raised the kids alone, working 16-hour days until her body gave out. "And after six months, my body just shut down," she said.
Two weeks ago, the phone call she's been waiting for arrived; Frederick is coming home. "I cried ... and up until this moment, until I see him and hold him, I'm still suspended," said Evangeline.
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