LWV of Connecticut opposes deportation of noncriminal immigrants

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Responding to the case of Nury Chavarria, a Guatemalan mother of four U.S.-born children who on July 26 was granted an emergency stay of her deportation order, the League of Women Voters of Connecticut (LWVCT) expresses concern at the impending deportation of undocumented immigrants who, like Ms. Chavarria, have no criminal record. While an immigration court has agreed to reopen Ms. Chavarria’s case, other undocumented immigrants are in the same situation, facing deportation although they have no history of criminal activity.

In a policy position adopted in April 2008, the National Board of LWV of the United States declared that it does not support deportation of unauthorized immigrants who have no history of criminal activity.

Ms. Chavarria is a resident of Norwalk. LWV Norwalk member Lucia C. Rilling, wife of Norwalk’s mayor, said, “as a nation made up of immigrants who have come to live the American Dream as our forefathers did, Ms. Nury Chavarria is no exception. Nury came to America to escape the violence of her motherland. In the last 24 years she has demonstrated herself to be law abiding, and like many women she is a hardworking mother doing the very best she can. Nury’s situation proves the need for immediate and serious immigration reform. My husband, Mayor Harry W. Rilling, and I stand ready to do whatever we possibly can to help her and her family.”

So far in 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is on track to arrest more than twice as many noncriminal undocumented immigrants as it did in 2016. Although the number of deportations is marginally reduced compared to last year, more noncriminals are being deported than previously.

The League position reads in full as follows.

Unauthorized Immigrants Already in the United States

In achieving overall policy goals, the League supports a system for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status, including citizenship, by paying taxes, learning English, studying civics and meeting other relevant criteria. While policy reforms, including a path to legal status, remain unachieved, the League does not support deporting unauthorized immigrants who have no history of criminal activity.

Statement of Position on Immigration, as Announced by National Board, April 2008.

League of Women Voters of Connecticut 


Donna July 28, 2017 at 10:28 am

There are 11 million undocumented residents living in the US. Most are concentrated in metro areas, the largest being New York and L.A. Surely there is a humane middle ground between not deporting undocumented mothers who have been law-abiding citizens (if you put aside the illegality of their residency status) and unfairly burdening taxpayers with the costs associated with absorbing this population. Because the burdens are shared so unequally nationwide, the statistics regarding impact do not reflect the experiences of those who reside and pay taxes in overburdened areas. Norwalk is a great place to examine the pros and cons of burgeoning populations of undocumented residents. This is not a black and white issue. Local people are responding to real stresses in their lives and actual burdens on a system that is intended to serve their needs and interests. Hopefully, the LWVCT will release a supplemental statement acknowledging these truths and expressing support for all CT residents, including legal US citizens, whether US born or naturalized. It is wonderful that Lucia Rilling supports Nury Chavarria. Hopefully, Lucia’s husband is equally supportive of his actual constituents.

Notaffiliated July 28, 2017 at 11:13 am

I too support not deporting non criminal immigrants. Same for criminal immigrants. However, one word differentiates and words matter. The headline should read “opposes the deportation of illegal noncriminal immigrants”. Kind of an oxymoron.

Non partisan July 28, 2017 at 10:15 pm

I support deporting any illegal immigrant that is gaming the system to receive government benefits.

My real estate taxes are too high. I have no problem paying my fair share- but asking me to pay for law breakers is immoral by those taking the money from me.

Our schools are overcrowded

Our police and fire departments are expensive.

Our streets and roadways need much work

Our school and enrichment programs lag behind adjoining communities because instead we spend our money on ESL programs.

Enough is enough.

Rebel INS July 28, 2017 at 11:35 pm

I feel for the folks that are here illegally. On paper they are the best kind of Americans. Hard working, God fearing and family orientated. They also bring a wonderfully rich culture with them. I do wish, however, that elite Democrats in Westport and other surrounding areas would be willing to learn about their culture first hand by opening their schools up to an over burdened Norwalk school system.

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