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US lifeline for family.

Byline: By Linda Richards

Long-lost sister offers help following deportation order

A long-lost sister is offering a lifeline to a family living under the threat of deportation.

Alex Lazin, 40, his wife Daniela, 34, and their children Octavian, 14, and Carolina, 13, fled from their native Romania five years ago after Alex's mother was murdered.

They have become well-loved members of the community in Washington, where their neighbours are fighting the deportation order.

Mr Lazin and his sister Olga had lost contact and Olga, a professor of history in California, was stunned to hear of the family's plight in the Chronicle, which she read on our internet site, icnewcastle.co.uk

She contacted the paper to help put her in contact with her brother and his family.

"I would really like to have my family here if anything goes wrong in the UK," she said. "I cannot see Alex endangering his wife and the children; his life would be in danger in Romania."

Married Olga has lived in America for more than a decade and said from her home in Los Angeles: "I have money and somewhere for my family to live. I can make arrangements straight away for them to get a visa waiver. I became a US citizen in 2001, and I can invite my brother's family over.

"I will fill out the paperwork if Alex and Daniela want to come to the US."

As human rights campaigners for the ethno-Hungarian minority, the Lazins fear returning to their homeland will put their lives in danger. But after two appeals against deportation failed, the Home Office has told them they cannot stay in the UK.

Friends and supporters have collected an 800-signature petition in support of the family staying.

And neighbours in Hampshire Place, Usworth, say they will take to the streets and form a barricade to prevent the deportation.

Daniela said: "Thank you for your help. It is nice that Olga has been able to get in touch after so many years and we will contact her.

"We have been under such pressure, but since we received the notice of deportation in September, the love from the community has been amazing.

"At the end of the day I cannot disappoint my friends and my community by leaving. Inside of me, my heart tells me this is my home. We want to stay in Washington."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 17, 2005
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