Mildred Sanford and Nancy Inferrera fought a battle with Immigration Canada to allow Inferra, an American citizen, to be allowed to live in Canada. (CBC)

Deported elderly woman allowed back in Canada
30-year pals Mildred Sanford and Nancy Inferrera refused to be separated
CBC News Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:52 PM AT Last Updated: Nov 15, 2012 6:59 PM AT
Mildred Sanford and Nancy Inferrera fought a battle with Immigration Canada to allow Inferra, an American citizen, to be allowed to live in Canada. (CBC) Facebook

An elderly American woman who crossed the border into the United States with her Canadian friend on Wednesday after an exhausting immigration battle will be allowed back in the country, CBC News has learned.

Immigration lawyer Lee Cohen confirmed Nancy Inferrera, 73, will be allowed back into Canada on a three-year “‘temporary residence permit.”

Mildred Sanford, 83, who grew up in Guysborough County in Nova Scotia, and her American friend of 30 years, Inferrera, said they refused to be separated from one another.

“[Mr. Cohen] is going to pick us up tomorrow and we’re going back,” said Inferrera.

“I almost dropped the phone, I was so glad and then I told Mildred and Mildred came over and she was jumping up and down and then she told Mr. Cohen. ‘I’m going to give you the biggest hug you ever got.’”

Inferrera has been living in Guysborough County with Sanford, who has heart problems and is in the early stages of dementia. Inferrera said she provides care for Sanford but her application for permanent residency has been refused, as has her appeal on humanitarian grounds.

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