Alexander on Senate Passage of Bill to Honor the Sacrifice of Sgt. Michael Ferschke, Jr., and his Family

Bill would grant permanent residency to wife Hotaru Ferschke

Posted on December 3, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement about the Senate’s passage of S. 1774, a bill to grant Hotaru Ferschke, wife of the late Sgt. Michael Ferschke, Jr., of Maryville, Tenn., permanent residency in the United States.

“The very least the country Michael Ferschke died serving can do is honor Michael’s last wish – that his wife be allowed to raise their son near their family in Tennessee. This bill honors Michael, an American hero from Tennessee; his wife, Hotaru; their son, Michael; and his parents in Maryville, who suffered his loss in August 2008 and have suffered the separation from their daughter-in-law and grandson since that time as well. I am pleased that the Senate passed this bill and I urge the House to pass it quickly, so that the Ferschke family can be reunited.”

Senator Alexander introduced the bill last year along with Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Jim Webb (R-W.Va.), and Mark Udall (D-Colo.). The bill must now be considered by the House of Representatives. 

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