A great gran fears she will be deported back to the USA next month – despite having lived in Buxton for 21 years with her family.
Nancy Poindexter, 57, of Grove Lane, is now urging former employers, colleagues and friends to come forward and help her case to immigration officials.
If she cannot do this by the end of March – she will have to leave her daughter, two grandchildren, and great grandchild in Buxton and return to America.
Nancy said she moved to Buxton in 1975, married and had children. She worked in various job roles in the town.
When her parents fell ill in 1996, Nancy returned to the Indiana, in the States, to care for them.
But since both of her parents passed away, Nancy bought a one-way ticket to be with her family and returned back to Buxton on New Year’s Eve.
However, the joyous family reunion was not to last.
Nancy said: “When I came into the airport, I was pulled to one side by the immigration officials and that’s when it all started.
“They said I needed evidence to prove where I’d lived, who I’d married, who I’d been employed by.
“I’ve been trying to get all these documents, but it’s not looking hopeful for the end of March.”
She added: “I’ve had to hire an immigration lawyer, who says that if people can confirm these details then my chances of staying will be improved.”
Nancy said she would be “heartbroken” if she is taken away from her family for a second time.
She said: “If I am ripped away from my family it would be upsetting for all of us. I love Buxton, have many friends here, and want to settle here again permanently.
“It would be extremely unfair to deport me.”
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