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CTNJ/Opinion: Stop these inhumane deportations

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

Luis Barrios, an undocumented immigrant who lives with his wife and children in Derby, will get to stay in the United States for another 30 days. After that, it’s possible he’ll be deported to Guatemala, where he fears his life will be in danger. This sort of cruelty has become too common. It must stop.

Barrios’s case is a complex one, going back to an asylum hearing he missed in 1998. He’d been able to extend his stay in the United States, but when an ignorant horde of nativists elected a vicious clown to the Oval Office, everything changed. President Donald Trump’s various executive orders meant Barrios and his family were suddenly faced with his imminent deportation. After appeals from Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy, as well as a protest at the federal building in Hartford, Barrios was granted a stay of 30 days to try to sort out his situation.

His case is not unusual, sadly. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is stepping up raids and arrests of undocumented immigrants, many of whom have no criminal record, have jobs and homes, and are productive, peaceful members of American society.

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3 comments

Donna May 6, 2017 at 10:38 pm

Ms. Bigelow lost me at “”when an ignorant horde of nativists elected a viscous clown”. She is talking about nearly 63 million people who voted for Trump.. They can’t all be ignorant nativists. I’m no fan of Mr. Trump. He is not equipped for this job. His executive orders on undocumented residents are troubling. So is unchecked immigration. We need solutions that respect all points of view.. This opinion piece does nothing to elevate the conversation. If this is award winning journalism, I’m going back to reading the National Enquirer.

Norwalk pare t May 8, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Send him home. Just because you are here illegally and get some citizen pregnant does not mean you get to stay. Now if this article was about legal citizen with rights is being deported I would care. There is a reason why we call them illegal.

A Better Norwalk May 9, 2017 at 7:12 am

We are a nation of laws.

Anyone who enters this country illegally is subject to deportation regardless of any other situation.

Wonder why all illegals seem to live in towns which look the other way.

They add to the costs of our towns and cities and provide no value.

Anyone who has a problem with the oath of office be it the President or a local official who swear to uphold the constitution of the United States needs to understand what that statement really means.

Our state motto is “The Constitution State” which is so ironic.

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