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A Barbadian immigrant who entered the U.S. on a visitor`s visa, is now facing separation from her daughter who is stricken with cancer.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to send Petra Gooding packing by September 2nd, despite the fact that her 7-year-old daughter Niamh Stoute is going through chemotherapy in a battle with cancer.
`She is so sick and for me to have to go back to the plane to come back again even if for two days, it`s heart-wrenching,` Gooding told My Fox 5 News Atlanta as she sat outside the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Children`s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Niamh is too sick to travel as she is battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma so Gooding has two choices – she can either stay in the United States illegally since her six months visa is up and jeopardize her daughter`s visa, or abandon her sick child. An appeal for a visa extension for Gooding was denied but Niamh`s application was extended.
`I feel like I`m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I would have to leave her and go and come back again. I can`t even go to the bathroom without her calling out my name to come back by her side because of the pain and how intense it is, so I don`t even want to think what is going to happen,` Gooding said.
Right now, Gooding`s only options are to try for another visa extension or leave her daughter to fly home and try to come back for another six months.