Burlington Mom Faces Deportation After Trying To Get Time Warner Cable

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Lorena Yanez-Mata faces deportation. Her translator is on the right.

Burlington, NC--  A Burlington mom faces deportation after using a fake social security number to obtain Time Warner Cable for her daughter.

On Monday, 27-year-old Lorena Yanez-Mata met with her immigration attorney.

She has a 7-year-old daughter, and they both could be headed to Mexico. Lorena's in danger of being deported. She's in the U.S. illegally because she felt she had no choice.

She told News 2's Liz Crawford why she and other immigrants can't stand the thought of going back.

Lorena just wanted to get cable for her 7-year-old daughter. She went to her local Time Warner Cable office in Burlington. They demanded a social security number, not accepting her individual tax payer identification number (ITIN).

Lorena gave them a fake nine-digit number. Turns out, one of the Time Warner Cable employees was also an off-duty police officer.

"He asked her what had happened. She said that she had hired them for services. He called another police officer and that officer told her that she was going to have to go with him to the police department," said Lorena through her translator, Stephanie Shelton.

News 2 asked the question: what's wrong with being deported? Why are illegal immigrants running from their native country? Here's Lorena's reason for leaving Mexico and why she's scared to go back:

"There's no work in Mexico, and so in order to be able to support oneself, they have to come to the United States to be able to find work."

"They come in hopes of being able to find something, no matter what it is, you know, some places, they may find something, other places, they may not."

"She just wants to be able to buy a home where she'll be able to live with her children."

Lorena believes that living in the U.S., even without permission, is the best thing for her family. She cleans tables at a restaurant in Alamance County and sends what she can to her parents and 10-year-old son who lives West of Mexico City.

Lorena is charged with obtaining property by false pretense for that fake social security number. She goes to immigration court on Thursday in Charlotte.

Time Warner Cable sent News 2 this statement:

This was an unfortunate coincidence of events. When customers establish service with us for the first time, we ask for a form of personal identification, such as a social security number, to avoid identity theft. In this case, Ms. Yanez-Mata handed what appeared to be an altered Social Security card to a company representative. An off-duty police officer was working as security for this location, and he acted on his own behalf to share the document with local police. After leaving our location, Ms. Yanez-Mata was approached by police.

It is not our policy to share this kind of information with law enforcement and this action was not following any Time Warner Cable procedure or direction given from any Time Warner Cable employee. TWC did not refer Ms. Yanez-Mata to either the county prosecutor or Homeland Security and did not request prosecution. TWC has no interest in charges being brought against Ms. Yanez-Mata.





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