Residents Rally Around Mom Facing Deportation

11:00 PM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Tuesday night, dozens of people turned out to support a woman fighting to stay with her family.

Orfilia Reyes came to the United States on a visitor visa. She did not file political asylum paper work on time, so by the letter of the law, she's here illegally. But her youngest son, Fredi, was born here. He's American. So he may have to go back to Guatemala with his mom or stay here under care of social services.

Tuesday night, supporters held a vigil for immigrant justice in support of Orfilia and others in her position. Orfilia spoke from her heart. She told the crowd she came to America, the land of opportunity, so her family would have just that: opportunity. She said that doesn't make her a criminal. With her sons at her side, Orfilia talked about why she fled the country 22 years ago.
What's on her mind now is how difficult life would be for her and Fredi if they had to go back.

The crowd included people who know Orfilia from church and others who heard her story and just wanted to show they care. Her oldest son shared how he was taken into custody by immigration officials two years ago. His deportation was postponed after friends and family rallied behind him.
He's hoping they can do it again for his mom.

If Orfilia can persuade immigration officials to reopen her case, she can immediately apply for her green card. If not, she'll be deported in June. If that happens, Fredi will have to make a difficult decision.

Orfilia has missed a lot of deadlines to file for asylum or motions to reopen her case. Her immigration lawyer told us that's because she previously hired an immigration lawyer who misled her.

WFMY News 2

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