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OffbeatFather of Hania Aguilar, Killed at 13, Is Denied Funeral Visa

03:05  07 december  2018
03:05  07 december  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

Hania Aguilar's father denied visa to attend her funeral

Hania Aguilar's father denied visa to attend her funeral When 13-year-old Hania Aguilar is laid to rest in North Carolina on Saturday her father will be nearly 3,000 miles away. © FBI The body of Hania Aguilar, 13, was found last week. The US State Department has denied a temporary visa for Noé Aguilar to travel from Guatemala to attend services for his teenage daughter, according to the father's attorney. "I had hoped they would find it in their hearts to let me be there for my daughter's funeral," Aguilar told CNN in a brief phone interview Friday. "It's very sad. She was my princess. She will always be my princess.

Hania Aguilar , 13 , was kidnapped Nov. 5 from her home in Lumberton after going outside to start her The Change.org petition says Aguilar 's father , who lives in Guatemala, would need an expedited visa to attend "No parent should be denied the right to attend their child's funeral ," the petition says.

Hania Aguilar 's father lives in North Carolina and would like to attend her funeral next weekend. A North Carolina community is rallying in support of the family of 13 -year-old Hania Aguilar , whose "No parent should be denied the right to attend their child’s funeral ," the petition stated, adding that

Father of Hania Aguilar, Killed at 13, Is Denied Funeral Visa© FBI, via Associated Press Hania Aguilar, 13, the day before she vanished in Lumberton, N.C.

The State Department denied a temporary visa to a Guatemalan father trying to attend the funeral on Saturday for his teenage daughter, who was kidnapped outside her North Carolina home last month and was later found dead off a rural road, the man’s lawyer said on Thursday.

The father of the girl, 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, traveled to the United States Embassy in Guatemala City on Monday and asked for expedited approval for a visa to fly to the United States. The father, Noé Aguilar, was denied on the spot because American officials worried he lacked strong ties to Guatemala, his native country, and might not return, according to his lawyer, Naimeh Salem.

FBI still looking for suspect in North Carolina girl's death

FBI still looking for suspect in North Carolina girl's death The FBI continues its search for a suspect in the disappearance and death of a North Carolina teenage girl. A news release from the agency said it's offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of Hania Aguilar. The girl's body was found in a body of water in Robeson County on Nov. 27 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of the mobile home park where she was kidnapped on Nov. 5 after going outside to start a relative's SUV before school. Police say a man forced Hania into an SUV and drove off.

A petition on Change.org urging immigration officials to let the father of Hania Aguilar attend her funeral next week has more than 12,000 The petition says her father lives in Guatemala and would need an expedited visa to attend. Police said they found Aguilar 's body last week after several weeks

An online petition is urging government agencies to allow the father of Hania Aguilar , 13 , who was killed According to the petition, Hania 's father lives in Guatemala and would need an expedited visa to attend. 'No parent should be denied the right to attend their child's funeral ,' the petition reads.

“To tell you the truth, with past administrations, we never had a problem like this,” Ms. Salem, an immigration lawyer based in Texas, said in an interview. “With this administration, most everything that is discretionary is getting denied.”

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As the news of Mr. Aguilar’s denial was reported on Thursday in North Carolina, some high-ranking state politicians pledged to help. Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, wrote a letter asking for the State Department to reconsider the father’s application, Ms. Salem said, and the office of Representative Mark Meadows, a Republican, intervened as well.

“I’m hopeful we should be able to get it,” Ms. Salem said.

In his letter, Mr. Cooper asked the American ambassador to Guatemala, Luis E. Arreaga, to reconsider the visa applications for Mr. Aguilar. He wrote that other relatives of Hania who live there, including a grandfather and an aunt, had applied for a visa, and some of them were also rejected.

Family of North Carolina teen found dead gets new home

Family of North Carolina teen found dead gets new home The family of a North Carolina teen who was kidnapped and killed has been given a new home.Mitchell Hunt with Time Out Communities tells the Fayetteville Observer the property management company wanted to give Hania Aguilar's family a new start. They got keys Tuesday to a new, double-wide mobile home about a mile from Rosewood Mobile Home Park. It was at Rosewood that the 13-year-old was kidnapped before school on Nov. 5. Her body was found three weeks later. No arrests have been made. Hunt says Hania's siblings won't have to change schools. The lot rent has been waived for six months, and community donations will help furnish the home.

Thousands Sign Petition For Hania Aguilar 's Father . A petition circulating on Change.org is requesting an expedited visa so that Aguilar 's father can attend the funeral . "No parent should be denied the right to attend their child's funeral , especially when Hania was a Citizen-born in

A petition to help the father of a teenager who was kidnapped and killed attend his daughter's Hania Aguilar , 13 , was kidnapped from outside her home in North Carolina on November 5. Her “No parent should be denied the right to attend their child’s funeral - especially when Hania was a Citizen-born in

“As you can image, the family is devastated by the loss of such a promising young lady who loved her family, friends and was one of the top students in her class,” Mr. Cooper wrote on Thursday. “I urge you to reconsider those decisions and to grant visas to those individuals so that they can properly mourn their lost child in this tragic and extraordinary circumstance.”

Father of Hania Aguilar, Killed at 13, Is Denied Funeral Visa© Melissa Sue Gerrits/The Fayetteville Observer, via Associated Press Andy de la Rocha, a senior supervisor with the F.B.I., speaking with reporters in Lumberton last month. Mr. Meadows’s office did not respond to a message seeking comment. A State Department spokeswoman, Nicole Thompson, said she could not comment on specific visa cases.

“The Department of State makes every effort to facilitate legitimate travel by international visitors,” the spokeswoman said. “We are also fully committed to administering U.S. immigration law and ensuring the integrity and security of our country’s borders.”

Family, community grimly await word on fate of Hania Aguilar after searchers find body

Family, community grimly await word on fate of Hania Aguilar after searchers find body The grim discovery of a body near where a North Carolina teen disappeared has her relatives, friends and community bracing for a sorrowful outcome. The FBI said their agents and Lumberton police found the body late Tuesday south of the city in an area where authorities had been searching for Hania Noelia Aguilar, 13, a student at Lumberton Junior High. The FBI said the body was sent to the state crime lab in Raleigh for identification and an autopsy. "The body is believed to be Hania, but the identity has not yet been confirmed," Robeson County schools Superintendent Dr. Shanita Wooten said in a statement.

Hania Aguilar vanished on Nov. 5 when she was kidnapped just outside her Lumberton home and was found dead earlier this week. "Even with enough support and contacting the right people to push it through it is very unlikely that it 's gonna happen in time for him to be here for the actual funeral ," said

Hania Aguilar vanished on Nov. 5 when she was kidnapped just outside her Lumberton home and was found LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) - The funeral for 13 -year-old Hania Aguilar is scheduled for next A petition to the Guatemalan Embassy started online to try and get Hania 's father to the U.S

Residents of Guatemala must receive a visa to travel to the United States.

Hania was kidnapped on the morning of Nov. 5 outside her mother’s house in a mobile home park in Lumberton, N.C., a city of 21,500 people about 30 miles south of Fayetteville. Witnesses said they saw a man wearing dark clothes and a yellow bandanna force Hania into a sport utility vehicle, the police said.

The search for Hania dominated the news across the state and the South, as the F.B.I. joined the case and coordinated a vast search over several weeks. The authorities had few clues. They released surveillance footage from a camera showing the S.U.V. and asked the public to look out for shoes similar to the ones Hania was last seen wearing, black-and-white Adidas sneakers with a colorful logo on the heel.

After a nearly three-week search, the police found Hania’s body off a rural road about seven miles south of Lumberton, the authorities said. The F.B.I. declined to elaborate about why that area had been searched but said agents were following up on “investigative leads.”

A spokeswoman at the F.B.I., which prominently displays information about the case on its website, said on Thursday that the case remained unsolved.

Body found in search for missing North Carolina teen

Body found in search for missing North Carolina teen Investigators following leads in the disappearance of a 13-year-old North Carolina girl have found a body that is awaiting positive identification, the FBI said. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Hania Noelia Aguilar was abducted outside her home in Lumberton on the morning of November 5, 2018, authorities said. The body was found Tuesday afternoon in Robeson County, the FBI said in a statement, just a few miles from Hania's home.

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) - An online petition is urging government officials to allow the father of a slain North Carolina teenage girl to attend her funeral . A petition on Change.org urging immigration officials to let the father of Hania Aguilar attend her funeral next week has nearly 10

Body found is believed to be that of Hania Aguilar . According to the petition on Change.org, Hania 's father lives in Guatemala and would need an expedited visa to attend the service. "No parent should be denied the right to attend their child's funeral , especially when Hania was a Citizen-born in

In his visa application, Mr. Aguilar stated that he owned a business in Guatemala and had no intentions of staying in the United States after the funeral, Ms. Salem said. But embassy officials denied his request because he had a low bank balance, she said.

“He has no negative immigration history,” Ms. Salem said. “No deportation.”

Mr. Aguilar lived in the United States when his daughter was an infant but moved back to Guatemala around 2005, she said.

While President Trump has largely, and loudly, focused his immigration policy on the border, his administration has quietly reshaped the country’s legal flow of foreigners, including those seeking to travel, work or study in the United States. Work visas are being denied or delayed at high rates, companies have said. Colleges have worried about attracting international students who need visas. And foreigners already in the United States have found it more difficult to extend their stays.

Ms. Salem said she had worked on numerous similar requests in past years for family members who wanted to visit a sick relative or attend a funeral in the United States. She said she could not think of another case with similar circumstances that had been denied.

“He has never attempted to come back to the U.S.,” she said. “He has no desire to come to the U.S. He wanted to kiss his daughter goodbye.”

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