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Residents protest mother's deportation

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Outside of Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Victoria Lorenzo-Calmo and her supporters are protesting her deportation.

Come January, she will be deported back to Guatemala.  She's begging for the courts to reconsider.

Calmo is getting help in her effort from friends, a church group and Alliance for Immigrants Rights & Reform Michigan, a group based in Dearborn that supports immigration reform.

Calmo came to the U.S. illegally in 2001.  She says she was fleeing an abusive husband. 

Calmo married another illegal immigrant after coming to the U.S. and had children with him.  Two of the children need special surgeries to restore their hearing. 

Calmo's second husband has since been deported.

Her attorney, Brad Thomson of Ann arbor, says she can't afford the surgeries in Guatemala.

"What makes this situation so heartbreaking is that the medical treatment is not avaialble in Guatemala," says Thomson.  "There is only one physician who has done this kind of surgery in Guatemala and he charges $25,000."

Calmo is asking to be allowed to stay in the U.S. an additional four years so her child can get the surgery and follow-up treatment.  If Calmo is deported, she says she'll be forced to leave her son behind so he can be treated.

The children are U.S. citizens because they were born in the U.S.

WZZM 13 News left messages with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Detroit, seeking more information about the case against Calmo.  No one from that office has returned our calls.


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