She came to Minnesota to bury her son. Now, the mother of Barway Collins is facing deportation.
Louise Karluah came to the United States from Liberia on a special, temporary visa. On March 18, 2015, her 10-year-old son Barway went missing. Several weeks later, Barway's body was found in the Mississippi river. He was murdered by his own father, Pierre Collins. Karluah stayed in Minnesota for the trial and moved to New Hope. But now immigration officials are giving her 90 days to leave the country after her visa expired.
However, some Liberian officials say it's not safe for her to head back to the West African country. They say Karluah has received death threats from some people who blame her for Pierre Collins' legal troubles.
"She will not be protected if she goes back there," said Arthur Biah, co-chair of the Organization for Liberians in Minnesota. "With somebody blaming you for putting their brother, or relative in jail, in America. There will be people who will still not forgive her, even though she's a victim."
The group is trying to raise at least $10,000 for legal fees to help Karluah stay in the country. Anyone wanting to help can donate to the Wells Fargo in Brooklyn Park. Meanwhile, Brooklyn Park Council member, Lisa Jacobson has reached out to Senator Amy Klobuchar to see if she can assist in anyway.
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