Chester County Immigrant Still Supports Trump’s Stance Even as She Faces Its Consequences

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Forced into illegal immigration due to a medical emergency, Leanne still supports President Trump’s immigration stance even as she faces its consequences. Image via Kimberly Paynter, WHYY.

In the midst of a family medical emergency, she overstayed her tourist visa in Chester County and faces a 10-year ban on returning to her ailing father if she leaves the United States.

Yet United Kingdom citizen Leanne stands behind President Donald Trump’s stance on illegal immigration, according to a NewsWorks report by Laura Benshoff.

Leanne is the mother in a family of six whose visit to Chester County during a 2015 summer vacation turned tragic when her stepbrother crashed his motorcycle.

“He was in a coma for about a month, and they weren’t coping,” she said of her dad and stepmom. “So I didn’t want to leave my dad. I just didn’t know what to do.”


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Now, her kids are in school, her husband works odd jobs, and she tends to her father. In the meantime, the family is on a years-long waiting list for a family visa and has even requested special permission to stay.

Yet she’s not phased by the Trump immigration policy changes.

“It doesn’t bother me in the slightest,” she said. “It’s probably wrong to say that I agree with what Donald Trump has been doing about getting all the criminals out, because no country needs criminals anyway, do they? Probably wrong to say, because I’m an immigrant myself. But I believe what he’s doing is kind of right in some sense. But we’ve not all got the same story (for being here).”

Read more of Leanne’s story on NewsWorks here.

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