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Petition for Cardi B to visit immigrant seeking sanctuary in Amherst

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Rapper Cardi B is coming to UMass Amherst for a free concert on Wednesday, and now there's a petition with more than 300 signatures to get her to also visit Lucio Perez.

Perez is a Guatemalan immigrant who has been given sanctuary in an Amherst church to avoid being deported.

The Pioneer Valley Workers Center has been fighting for Lucio Perez's case for months. Now, they're latest effort is to have Cardi B meet Lucio. 
 
Cardi B is taking the stage of the Mullins Center Wednesday after UMass students won a 'Tinder U' swipe contest. The prize for beating 64 other universities was a free concert.
 
The father of four has been living inside the First Congregational Church in Amherst since last October.

"She inspires people to keep fighting and want her to know struggles undocumented immigrants face," said Diana Sierra, the lead organizer at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center. 
 
Lucio's kids made a video for Cardi B, and a seven-year-old Cardi B fan from the workers center made one as well.

Sierra said many immigrants move to the United States because they want a better future for their children.

It's something she thinks Cardi B can empathize with.
 
"All parents and Cardi B about to be a mom and will do anything to give kids a better life," said Sierra. 
 
As for Lucio's case, Sierra said they do have a decision from the board of immigration appeals, but they're holding off saying what it is.

No word on if the rapper has seen the request yet. 

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