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NAACP holds vigil against deportation of a pregnant woman

Posted March 11
Updated March 16

— The North Carolina NAACP held a vigil in Harnett County Saturday night, speaking out against the deportation of a pregnant woman.

She may be forced to leave next week before her baby is born.

Lillian Cardona-Perez is a 33-year-old wife and mother of four, with another on the way in a matter of weeks.

She said she received a letter from immigration officials, saying her she would be deported on March 16. She spoke about her anxiety through an interpreter.

“She was very sad, and when she thinks about leaving her kids here,” her interpreter said. “But at the same time, she gets strength from the family.”

Cardona-Perez said she has a work Visa that doesn't expire until near the end of October.

The NAACP has come to her her defense with a petition. They said the idea of separating Cardona-Perez from her family is morally wrong.

NAACP President Dr. Barber said President Donald Trump's so called "anti-Latino rhetoric" makes people less sympathetic to situations like Cardona-Perez's.

“She’s been in this country working,” Barber said. “Contributing to this society. Paying taxes and more importantly being a human being.”

Todd Speight works with Cardona-Perez's husband. He was brought to tears at the thought of the family being separated.

“It’s upsetting,” he said. “It’s very upsetting. I mean we and they’re there every morning ready to do their job and all they want to do is make a living and support their families.”

WRAL has reached out to Cardona-Perez's attorney for comment and was not able tor reach her.

WRAL has also been in touch with a spokesperson with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and is awaiting further details on her case.


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  • Carrie Hurrelbrink Mar 13, 2017
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    I have no compassion for illegals. Coming here illegally is a crime! All illegals need to be deported. They are welcome as long as they do it legally and follow the laws of this Country.

  • Charles Williams Mar 13, 2017
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    Sounds like she is a repeat felon. Grounds for deportation

  • Clarence Drumgoole Mar 12, 2017
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    US better learn one word;" Compassion"! Sometimes it's not what you do, it's how you do it. Don't forget, for every action, there is a equal reaction.

  • Thomas Williams Mar 12, 2017
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    Barber blames Trump, no surprise in that.

  • Jeffrey Derry Mar 12, 2017
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    well said Mark Hayes: They just don't get it, illegal entry into this country is a criminal offense, so they are already criminals.

  • John Jones Mar 12, 2017
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    Race baiter at it again. Reminds me of a story of a little boy and a wolf. When there is truly a need for his service no one is going to believe him due to all the false claims.

  • Fred Neopolitano Mar 12, 2017
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    She can leave, and earn her way back into the US like other law-followers.

  • Henry Davis Mar 12, 2017
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    Three words; not legal, deport.

  • Albert Holmes Mar 12, 2017
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    Well Barber stated she was here on a work visa and she had been working. So why didn't she apply for her citizenship if she wanted to stay. Deport her, her kids, her husband and Barber !

  • Brian Tucker Mar 12, 2017
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    You hit the nail on the head Mike Boring ... Had this story read that she was a criminal, then there wouldn't be any reason to wonder why she's being deported, but someone is making it difficult to know why or hiding something .... bye bye prego lady.