WBEZ | Tony and Janina Wasilewski http://www.wbez.org/tags/tony-and-janina-wasilewski Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A surprise happy ending for Schiller Park family in ‘Tony and Janina’s American Wedding’ http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-31/surprise-happy-ending-schiller-park-family-%E2%80%98tony-and-janina%E2%80%99s-american-w <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-31/tonyjanina2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483706-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/wv_20110831a.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>After fleeing communist Poland in the late 1980s, Tony and Janina Wasilewski met and married in Chicago. For them, the United States was home. Residents of suburban Schiller Park, the couple operated a small cleaning business and were parents to an American-born son.</p><p>But Tony and Janina’s plans for the future turned upside down in 2007, when the government denied Janina a green card even though she had come to the United States legally. She was subsequently deported and, under U.S. law, she was forbidden from returning for another ten years.&nbsp;</p><p>Their tale was chronicled in the 2010 documentary <em><a href="http://tonyandjanina.com/" target="_blank">Tony &amp; Janina’s American Wedding</a></em> and became emblematic of the broken U.S. immigration system.</p><p>However, the U.S. government provided an addendum to Tony and Janina’s story earlier this month when immigration officials granted a rare waiver.&nbsp; The move followed several previous rejections for such, and allowed her to return home to Illinois and reunite with her husband.</p><p>"It's a miracle," Tony told <em>Worldview </em>host Jerome McDonnell.</p><p>"Yeah, like, a miracle happened," Janina agreed.</p><p>It's been almost a month since the family has resumed its life together in west suburban Schiller Park, but Janina says she's still savoring every moment. "I enjoy it every day because I'm with my husband now and I love the U.S.," she said. "I'm a really happy person right now."</p><p><em>Worldview</em> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/family-immigration-drama-inspires-documentary-film" target="_blank">talked</a> with Tony about his splintered family last year, but invited the newly reunited couple and their immigration lawyer, Chicago attorney Royal Berg, back to WBEZ's studios for an extended conversation about the new developments and their implications.</p><p>Tony &amp; Janina’s American Wedding<em> is <a href="http://tasteofpolonia.copernicusfdn.org/schedule/" target="_blank">screening</a> next Monday, September 5, at 6PM at the Copernicus Center, as part of the </em>Taste of Polonia<em> festival. Tony, Janina and director Ruth Leitman will be at the screening.</em></p><p><strong>Watch the trailer for <em>Tony &amp; Janina's Wedding</em>:</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6NZGQwSO4xw" width="420" frameborder="0" height="345"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-31/surprise-happy-ending-schiller-park-family-%E2%80%98tony-and-janina%E2%80%99s-american-w Worldview 8.31.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-83111 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-august/2011-08-31/tonyjanina2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/wv_20110831_0.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-115069" player="Default">wv_20110831.mp3</span></p><p>Polish immigrants Tony and Janina Wasilewski lived for years in suburban Schiller Park and ran a small cleaning business. But due to complications with her immigration status, Janina was forced to leave the country in 2007. Now their story, recounted in the documentary <em><a href="http://tonyandjanina.com/" target="_blank">Tony and Janina’s American Wedding</a></em>, has a surprise happy ending. In a rare government move, Janina was granted a waiver earlier this month and returned to Illinois. We talk to the newly-reunited couple and their lawyer. And on <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes" target="_blank">Global Notes</a></em>, we meet Chicagoan Mehran Jalili. He was about to go to law school when he discovered flamenco. He bought a ticket to Spain instead. Now Mehran teaches at the <a href="http://www.oldtownschool.org/" target="_blank">Old Town School of Folk Music</a> and merges flamenco rhythms with Persian melodies. He brings his guitar into the studio and shows us his chops.</p></p> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-83111