Regional
3:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Daughter Of Mexican Parents Barred From U.S. Dies

A terminally ill Mexican immigrant whose parents were barred by federal officials from entering the U.S. to see her has died.

Luis Aguillon tells the Houston Chronicle that his 26-year-old wife, Maria Sanchez, died Sunday afternoon. Sanchez had an inoperable tumor on her spine and was being cared for by Aguillon at the couple's Houston apartment.

Customs and Border Protection officials three times denied her parents' request to enter the country on humanitarian grounds to visit her. Sanchez, who was in the U.S. illegally, hadn't seen them in nine years.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman says the rare humanitarian parole could be granted only for a very compelling emergency.

Aguillon, who is legally in the U.S., says he'll take his wife's body to Mexico for burial.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com


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