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Family unable to get passport in time

7:11 PM, Oct 12, 2013   |    comments
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WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - The government's problems continue to create problems for families here in West Michigan.

Imagine not making it to see your sick loved one before he or she passed away. One Wyoming family is feeling that pain.

Joel Morales says when his mother-in-law fell ill in mid-September he applied for two passports for his daughters to fly to Mexico.

One passport came right away; the other was still being processed when the government shut down.

The family waited, hoping the shutdown would end quickly.

But his mother-in-law died before anyone made it to Mexico.

"It's been extremely painful and exhausting for my wife, that's all she talks about, she's in Mexico. She didn't get there in time to say goodbye. She didn't get there to give her mother a hug, all because we were waiting for a document," said Morales.

Morales says it's also been difficult on him and his daughters who had to stay behind and miss the funeral completely.

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