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Pregnant Harnett County mom facing deportation gets court review

Posted March 16

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— A pregnant mother of four in North Carolina who is facing deportation to her native Guatemala will get a review by a federal immigration court.

One of her attorneys says 34-year-old Lilian Cardona-Perez was 15 when she entered the U.S. illegally.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman told The Associated Press that she came to the agency's attention when she was arrested in Wake County in 2010 on a property crime charge. That charge was later dismissed, but the Harnett County woman was ordered deported, and her appeals have since run out.

Court records also show a 2015 arrest for driving while impaired.

Her lawyer tells the Fayetteville Observer that it typically takes three weeks for the court to decide whether to deport someone.


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  • Matthew Rose Mar 16, 8:52 p.m.
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    This is not a dreamer, this is someone who has been living the dream at the tax payers expense for many years.

  • Matthew Rose Mar 16, 8:51 p.m.
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    What is the problem here? We have her, we know that she is here illegally, and the law states deport her. Once again, what is the problem here? We do not need another tax burden in this country because you know that we the tax payer are going to foot the bill for that kid. Our immigration laws are cut and dry, if you don't have a visa or are a legal right to be in this country, you do not belong. 19 years and she has had many many chances to do the right thing and become a citizen but why would she. The kids are used to get all the government benefits that the parents pay nothing for because they are illegally here. No parents legally for the kids= free food, free health care, free housing, free schooling, and all the other free handouts. The parents take full advantage of this. I can guaranty that in their home country if you overstay your visa, unlike them who probably never had a visa, you will be punished to the full extent of the law and then deported.

  • Dean Morron Mar 16, 8:29 p.m.
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    Mother of four ? and pregnant again ? I wonder who is footing the bill for the care and welfare of the four children, not to mention the pre-natal care she might be receiving. It's time for her to go, oh, and take the kids with her. Safe travels back to Guatemala. Come back if and when the legal process is followed.

  • Henry Davis Mar 16, 8:22 p.m.
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    Been here for 19 years and has not tried to become legal? Deport her back to Guatemala as soon as possible.

  • William Sherman Mar 16, 6:29 p.m.
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    No mention of the lady having a valid work visa, and a clear statement of her encounters with the law--she has already been ordered to be deported..Just waiting for the libs/socialists to try and spin this one..