DEADLYHOUSEFIRE IMMIGRANT

(In this Tuesday, March 27, 2012 , photo, flowers hang on the railing of 117 East Coal Street in Shenandoah, Pa., after fire consumed the home early Tuesday morning claiming four lives. A photo from 2008 displayed inside one of the flower bouquets shows fire victim Damien Lopez, top, holding his half-brother, Izayah Lopez, who was not a fire victim. Lopez’s father, Fidelmar “Fidel” Merlos-Lopez, a Mexican national, said Saturday, March 27, 2012, he has been barred from entering the United States to bury his. (AP Photo/Republican-Herald, David McKeown))

Man may enter US from Mexico to bury son

This photo from 2008 inside one of the flower bouquets shows fire victim, Damien Lopez, top, holding his half-brother, Izayah Lopez, who was not a fire victim. Lopez’s father, a Mexican national, had been barred from entering the United States until he was granted entry this Sunday to attend the funeral. (AP Photo/Republican-Herald, David McKeown) 

 

 

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An immigration lawyer says a Mexican man will be allowed to enter the United States to bury his 10-year-old son, a U.S. citizen who died in a house fire in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Fidelmar “Fidel” Merlos-Lopez initially was barred entry into the country. But his Philadelphia-based lawyer, Elizabeth Surin, says her client was issued a humanitarian parole to attend the funeral.

She said early Sunday that Lopez was on a plane bound for Pennsylvania.

Lopez’s son, Damien Lopez, died Tuesday in a Shenandoah row house fire along with his cousin, aunt and 7-month-old half-brother. The funeral is set for Monday.

Lopez was an illegal immigrant who left the U.S. voluntarily in 2008. He’s in the process of getting his green card so he can rejoin his wife in Shenandoah.

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