People do not understand, or perhaps care, about the immigrant experience. As you said, you can do everything right and by the rules, be well-educated, and still be left in limbo, or worse, deported. Our immigration process is deplorable. Those who scream that illegal immigrants need to “go home” and reapply legally have no idea, or don’t care, that it’s impossible. Hell, look at people like you who did everything by the book and still have no guarantee of residency. I am sorry for what you experienced but pleased, and relieved, that you are now a successful business owner with a precious family. Congratulations for being one of the lucky ones who made it through the immigration maze.