BY Erica Pearson
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 4:00 AM
Queens couple Cristina Ojeda (l.) and Monica Alcota won’t be separated just yet as a local judge delays their hearing until the Defense of Marriage Act becomes clearer.
That gave Ojeda and Alcota new hope that Alcota, who overstayed a tourist visa, might be approved to stay in the U.S.
Judge Terry Bain put a hold on her deportation order while the couple waits to see if the Defense of Marriage Act is overturned and their green card application goes through. “She could have said no,” Ojeda said. “But instead she gave us time.” “Little by little, we’re building up hope and more courage.”
The couple will be back in court in December to give the judge an update on their case.
“I was very pleased that both the judge and the government attorney treated the issue with seriousness and respect,” said their lawyer, Lavi Soloway.
“I think it was a demonstration of respect for Monica and Cristina and their marriage. They were kind and generous about it.”