Mother has not seen Daughter in Six years - by Robert Swetz

Industry Observer

Manu War came to the United States of America from Myanmar (Burma) in the year 2002. It took Manu 5 years to even get a Visa to visit the USA. Before she came to the USA she sang for over ten years to support a family of 8 because her father had died of a heart attack  at age 55. Manu adopted 2 twin boys in Myanmar that were left at the Hospital, adopted another young girl to help with the family and gave birth to a girl named Yumi Tanaka in the year 2000, they call her (Cherry).

Manu's visa expired and she received a extension for another six months to stay in the USA. I met Manu back in Minneapolis Minnesota where she was working for a Sushi Company. We daited  for 5 months and fell in love and were married in a small town in northern Minnesota.

Going through the immigration process was very difficult for us and it took me and Manu almost 2 years before she even received a Green Card. Two different Lawyers had ripped us off for almost $4,000.00 dollars.

We moved to Las Vegas in the year 2003 because Las Vegas was growing so fast and I am a journeyman Glazier (glass installer) and install windows in high-rise buildings. In 2003, I became a licensed Realtor and started selling Real Estate in Las Vegas.

While living in Las Vegas we filed to bring Manu's daughter Cherry here through Immigration (CIS) Homeland Security, Toll Free number ( 800-375-5283 ) in the year 2004. Case number WAC-05-153-50696.  Her case was approved May 10th of 2005 and the approval notice was sent to The (NVC) Department of National Visa Center phone number  (603) 334-0700 . We are giving the case number and contact numbers so people can help us find out what is happening with Cherry's case, if need be.

The Department of National Visa Center sent the approval letter back to Homeland Security (CIS) Immigration to be revued, for what? This in very unusual and very rarely does (NVC) ever send a approval letter back to (CIS). I have contacted (CIS) Immigration over a dozen different times in the last 2 years, phone calls, emails, etc. I even wrote a letter to President George Bush through, and also sent a email to Senator Harry Reid in Nevada. Senator Harry Reid's office contacted me and tried to find out what was happening with Cherry's case, (CIS) had no answers. It is 2-26-2008 now and Cherry's case was approved 5-10-2005 and we still don't know what is happening with Cherry's case. Our Attorney wants another $2500.00 dollars to file lawsuit papers against (CIS) Immigration and he mentioned to us that 90% of his Immigration cases he files suit against (CIS).

What is going on here? Is this some type of a scam that the attorney's and (CIS) Immigration have going on here? It has been three years now, this case should not take any longer then 12 months. Manu left her daughter when she was 2 years old to come to America to find a better life than what was offered to her in Myanmar. Cherry is 8 years old now and in October she will be 9 years of age. Manu has not seen her daughter Cherry in 6 years now. Manu spoke with Cherry 6 months ago and Cherry's words were, you promised me that I could  live with you and Daddy in America. Every time Manu calls Cherry, she cries telling her mother that you promised.

Manu has been buying many different businesses in Las Vegas and it is very difficult for us to go visit Cherry in Myanmar, and Manu does not want to visit her unless she can bring her back. I was over in Myanmar 3 years ago when Manu didn't have her Green Card and could not leave the USA. Manu's family is very warm and kind, and Cherry is the sweetest young girl.

There is not much more I can say, I have tried to adopt Cherry, filed all the papers needed to bring her here and nothing, we are still waiting and (CIS) Immigration will not tell us why.

If anyone has any suggestion's on any action that we can take to bring Manu and her daughter Cherry back together, please let us know. (PRAYERS WOULD BE NICE TOO)! Manu has the kindest, biggest heart in the world and there is no reason that she should have to be away from her daughter any longer, six years is long enough. Here are some photos of Cherry that were emailed to us 1 week ago from Myanmar (Burma).


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Comments (20)

Mary Kramer


I feel so sorry for Manu and Cherry, what a sad situation. Please send me a email back and lets talk about this, I know some very important people that may be able to help you bring Manu and Cherry together soon.

" And my prayers are out to you "


Feb 27, 2008 02:55 PM
Lisa & Dave



Feb 27, 2008 03:01 PM
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
If I were you I would keep hounding Senator Reid's office, I would also contact Senator Ensign.  I would post this on many internet sites, although I don't know which ones to recommend....maybe someone else does?  I would get the word out there to our elected officials and those who can sway them to do something.  My prayers are with you and your family.
Feb 27, 2008 03:01 PM

I also think that the News Media is a great source like Mary had mentioned in her email. Contact them, tell them your story and go from there.

We will pray for you also

Feb 27, 2008 11:04 PM
Dan & Chiqui Klatt

Robert & Manu,

You definatley need Prayer more than any Lawyer. We will be praying for God to give you wisdom from above. "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things that you need will be provided for you." Matt. 6:33

Feb 28, 2008 07:06 AM
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
Robert...I took it upon myself to contact a Channel 13 here locally as well as ABC news....all I did was send e-mails with links back to this article.  I hope you don't mind.  This is insane and it troubles me.  Would contacting our congressman do more than the senators?  When we purchased our first home and were in escrow for 6 months because the VA messed up we had help within a couple days...I know this is different but it's worth a try!
Feb 28, 2008 09:14 AM
Robert Swetz


Me, Manu and Cherry want to thank you so much for wanting to help us and contacting the News. This world needs more people just like you. We don't even know you and you want to help us like this.

" Thank you again "

Feb 28, 2008 10:30 AM
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX
It may be a scam. Do what you need to do to bring her home. I will look into this. I'll just see if I can find any information that might help. God speed. Later in the rain~Deb
Feb 28, 2008 11:57 AM
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
Debra - What may be a scam?  I checked Robert out at GLVAR and he is a legit Realtor here in Las Vegas. 
Feb 28, 2008 12:28 PM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I commend you for all you are doing and want to do for them....keep us up to date!

Feb 29, 2008 02:33 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

I'm very curious.  What's the update?

Sep 04, 2008 12:09 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Virginia - Cherry is still in Myanmar but we were able to visit her for two months in May, her is a post I put out after my return.


Cherry's case is being reviewed right now at the humanitarian department in DC.

Sep 04, 2008 01:04 PM
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

This is an AMAZINGLY sad story...I can't believe that bringing a woman's own daughter to her side would be so difficult!!


Nov 01, 2008 07:05 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Michael - Believe me, we don't know what's going on. We are on our third Attorney now and he can't believe it himself. Homeland Security will not even return his emails or phone calls.

He trying to contact Senator Harry Reid under George Bush for the second time. Thank you for your comment and concern.

Nov 01, 2008 07:20 AM
Nu Nu
777S INC (Videos by Vegas Bob) - Las Vegas, NV

Robert - I read part of this story a long time ago, but I was never able to read the comments from activerain. It surprises me that all these people would write this about my daughters story.

Nov 08, 2008 03:58 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

ROBERT.....THIS IS SO SAD..I am so sorry...:0(

Mar 20, 2009 07:35 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hannah - Thanks for your comment and we are doing the best we can to get Cherry her!

Mar 20, 2009 10:36 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Robert - I am so sorry to know that you and your family have been ripped apart by the immigration process.  I worked at an international software development company for many years, and saw the different interpretations of immigration law being imposed in the most unusual of ways.  For instance, one Indian guy, went back home on a visit, fell in love with a girl from his village.  He had a work visa for the US, and he managed to bring the girl into the states with a similar type of visa.  They married here, and were ok staying here.

BUT, another guy from Romania, who was also one of our companies Directors, went back to his country long enough to marry a girl there, and it took him 4 years to get her into this country.  He had no idea it would be such an ordeal.  Had he brought her to this country with a visa, and married her here, their experience may have been different. . .But who knows!

Anyway, my thoughts and prayers are with you.  I'm hoping for the best!

Aug 14, 2009 09:53 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Myrl - Thank you so much for your comment and kind words, they are always welcome!

VB ;o)

Aug 14, 2009 11:55 AM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Robert...What has happened to NuNu's two sons?  Can't you bring them here also?  And what about the girl she adopted to help the family?  Isn't she her daughter also?  Are you able to spend time with all of them as well?

You would have a truly wonderful family with all of the children together. 


Apr 19, 2010 10:34 AM