Father Of Murdered Teen Denied Visa To Enter U.S. For Her Funeral

LUMBERTON, N.C. (CBS Local) — The father of a North Carolina teenager who was kidnapped and murdered has been denied a visa to attend her funeral.

Services for Hania Anguilar are set for Saturday in Lumberton. Her father lives in Guatemala and needs a temporary visa to be able to attend.

More than 50,000 people signed an online petition requesting that he be allowed into the U.S. to say his final goodbyes to his 13-year-old daughter, but the father’s attorney, Naimeh Salem, said the visa was denied.

“They said he doesn’t have enough ties to his country for them to issue him a temporary visa to come to Hania’s funeral,” Salem told WSOC.

Salem said she’s still hoping officials will change their minds. But a Robeson County immigration lawyer says it will take more than a petition and more time for that to happen.

“They’re going look at things people don’t realize — such as your…

Original published: 2018-12-06 17:56:26 Read the full Washington News here

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