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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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