Deported Mother Reunites with Son to Bury Family Patriarch

It was a bittersweet reunion in Tustin on Monday for a mother and son who haven’t seen each other in three years.

Deported in 2011, Natalia Campana was allowed back in the U.S. on Monday on humanitarian grounds to bury her husband, Carlos.

The Campana family had been living in the U.S. illegally for 25 years when Natalia Campana was deported to Peru.

Carlos Campana was finally granted a green card in February, but he soon fell ill and died last week.

On Monday, Natalia Campana was granted a “parole from custody” allowing her to temporarily enter the U.S.

It wasn’t clear how long Campana would be able to stay, but she said any time with her son, Karlo, was precious.

“It’s been three long years,” she said. “I just want to hold him.”

KTLA’s Kimberly Cheng contributed to this story.