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.
Sign the petition to keep Nelson home with his daughters!
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”…
July 24, 2013 — Please make a call to Governor Malloy’s office today! Your call sends a message that turning our backs to refugee children is not in accord with the values of the Connecticut community.
Call 888-473-7735 and let Governor Malloy know that just as our neighbor states we should be welcoming and find shelter for these children.
Llame al Gobernador Malloy y déjele saber que darle la espalda a los niños refugiados está en conflicto con nuestros valores como estado. LLAMEN hoy al 888-473-7735 y dígale que tal y como nuestros estados vecinos Connecticut debería estar buscando alojamiento para estos niños. #niunamas
Nine year old Selvin will never forget his journey across the border. Riding through Mexico on top of the notorious train, La Bestia, he saw people fall and get crushed. But when his mother told US immigration authorities about the violence that they had fled in Guatemala, the authorities agreed that they might be eligible for asylum. Released from a Texas detention center, they came to New Haven, Connecticut, where they had a friend.
ULA currently is assisting about 30 Guatemalan children, adolescents, women and men who, like Selvin, recently have fled Guatemala and arrived in New Haven’s immigrant neighborhood. We are connecting them with legal services to make sure that they have a fair hearing in court; enrolling them in school; helping them get treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, malnourishment and other urgent health needs; and providing them with a supportive community.
So how can you help?
No matter what your skills and talents, there are many ways to contribute. We especially need volunteers to take these recent arrivals to appointments at immigration court, the Guatemalan consulate, health centers and more.
To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monetary donations are needed for legal and court fees; transportation to immigration, consular, and other appointments; meetings with policy makers and human services agencies; and weekly activities that help these immigrants heal and build power.