Minister’s cleaner fears deportation

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A Colombian woman who worked as a cleaner for former Immigration Minister Mark Harper has spoken of her fear of deportation.

Isabella Acevedo – who was arrested last Friday just minutes before her daughter’s wedding – said that she was “scared” and did not know what would happen to her if she was returned to her native country.

Mr Harper – who quit his immigration portfolio in February following the disclosure that Ms Acevedo had been working for him illegally – made a rapid return to government in last week’s reshuffle as a Minister in the Department for Work and Pensions.

Ms Acevedo, 47, who is currently being held at the Yarl’s Wood detention centre pending deportation, said that while his career was back on track, she had lost everything.

“I saw Mr Harper on TV. He is still with his rich friends, still earning good money. Me, I have lost everything,” she told The Guardian.