I could have advised this man and his wife of the 10 year non waiveable bar if they had only consulted with me prior to filing their paperwork or even prior to leaving for the interview.
Now unfortunately this man is separated from his wife of 9 years and his three children are separated from their mom. I had to inform this man that there was absolutely nothing that could be done now, other than for his wife to wait out the 10 years in Mexico. He didn't want to hear it. He kept repeating, "pero la notaria me lo garantizo, me dijo que porque soy ciudadano y mi hijo el mas chico esta enfermo no ivan a castigar a mi esposa." I explained to him that even though these things may have helped with a waiver, immigration would never take those things into consideration in his wife's case because the bar she faced was not waiveable.
He ultimately accepted defeat, he had no other choice...Sadly a big part of my immigration practice entails telling people that there isn't anything they can do under existing laws to legalize, some come to me after they've fallen victim to immigration fraud and for many like this man and his family it is simply too late.
Let the pain and suffering of this man and his family be a lesson to all.
Rule #1: If someone guarantees you any result in any immigration case, run out the door and don't look back.
Rule #2: Always consult with a licensed immigration attorney regarding your case, don't put your family's future in just anyone's hands.
Rule #3: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Get a second, maybe even a third opinion before taking action on immigration rumors or "new laws".