- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) - A Peruvian woman deported three years ago has been allowed back into the United States for her husband’s funeral.

The Orange County Register reports (https://bit.ly/1kGWWRR ) Natalia Campana was released from a San Diego detention facility on Monday after family, friends and supporters appealed to U.S. officials.

More than 200 people including her 22-year-old son greeted Campana outside St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Tustin.

The former Santa Ana resident was deported in 2011, leaving behind her U.S.-born son and her husband, Carlos. The newspaper says she and her husband entered the country illegally decades ago and were defrauded by someone they paid to help them legalize their immigration status.

The couple was looking forward to reuniting in Peru for their 25th wedding anniversary when Carlos died. Funeral plans are pending.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com


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