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“They have been getting hate-filled telephone messages about whether or not Fernandez, a mother of six, was a legal immigrant.
Her family gathered outside her Hyattsville apartment Wednesday. A crying woman who identified herself as Ana’s sister said the accusations aren’t true.
‘Right now, the whole family is in pain. She was here legally, and all her children are legal. They were born here.’
She says she’s grateful for the genuine expressions of sympathy, but has a message for the people who have been making the harassing calls.
‘We all work, OK? And we’re going to get through this.'”
WTOP reporter Kate Ryan writes in to Loose Lips with more details of the hate calls:
“Ana Fernandez’ family tells me specifically that the calls accuse them of ‘using the crash’ to gain legal status for Ana. Again, the woman identifying herself as Ana’s sister (and Ana’s daughter Evelyn) tell me that not only was Ana legal, but that all six kids were born here.”
Fernandez’s family had been the focus of a lot of official sympathy. Yesterday, Councilmember Jim Graham, who is the chairman of the Metro Board, said he had her family in mind when he pushed for a $250,000 emergency relief fund.