A Columbus woman who says she was brought into the United States illegally as a child faces deportation after trying to renew her work permit.
The 31-year-old mother of six U.S.-born children — including a 15-year-old Autistic son — said officials at the Homeland Security office in Atlanta denied her request and told her she will be deported back to Guatemala on Aug. 8.
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She has been the victim of domestic violence at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, she said, and an attorney in Atlanta is trying to get her a U visa so she can stay in the country.
In an interview with the Ledger-Enquirer, the woman asked not to be identified for fear of repercussions.
“I’ve been here in the U.S. 23
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