Marco Reyes spent 106 days in the sanctuary of First and Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven to avoid a deportation order that would separate him from his wife and three children. After he had complied with Immigration & Customs Enforcement for years, the Trump administration ordered him to leave the country in August. Instead of leaving, he took refuge in a church, and he was supported by hundreds of volunteers as well as religious congregations and local elected officials.
On November 22, one day before Thanksgiving, Marco received a stay of removal and went home to his family in Meriden.
Even though ICE has given Marco temporary permission to stay in the United States, they are still paying a private company to surveil Marco with a GPS ankle bracelet.
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During his October 4th ICE check-in and without previous warning, Nelson was ordered to buy a ticket to exit the country. Now he has a scheduled flight for November 30, 2017. Nelson is a father of three and the head of his household.
By Mary O’Leary, New Haven Register, November 7, 2017
NEW HAVEN — Kelly Pinos, 15, cried when she started to talk about her father.
The Wilbur Cross High School sophomore is worried what will happen to her family if Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials deport Nelson Pinos Gonzalez to Ecuador by the end of month.
Nelson Pinos is the sole support of his partner for the past 17 years and their three U.S. citizen children, all of whom live in New Haven, according to his attorney Yazmin Rodriguez. She said the children’s mother provides full-time child care and does not work outside the home.
“If my father leaves, everything will be so different. My mom does not work. How is she going to take care of three kids by hersef?,” Kelly asked, as she stood outside Immigration Court in Hartford Monday morning with a group of activists who came to show their support.
“We also need a father’s view on life. It can’t just be a mother. I love my father with all my heart. I have a 5-year-old brother who has no idea what is going on. My brother still has so many years to grow up with my dad. … I beg immigration to let him stay … He has never done anything wrong,” Kelly said. “His home is here with us”…
At ULA’s annual parade, hundreds made art, marched through the streets of Fair Haven, ate home cooked food, and celebrated our ancestors with live music and dance.
Video by Travis Carbonella.