Dear fellow MoveOn member,
Luis Barrios, 52, is a homeowner who lives in Derby, Connecticut, with his four children. He was pulled over for having a broken tail light in 2011, which brought him in contact with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Luis has never been arrested and has no criminal record. Luis has held a steady job. Luis has a family.1 Luis should not be deported.
Today is Luis's last chance. ICE has arranged a ticket for him to leave the U.S. at 4 a.m. on Thursday morning.2
According to Luis's daughter, her father is in danger in his country of origin, Guatemala, from which he fled more than 25 years ago. Luis's brother was murdered in Guatemala, and Luis fears what will happen if he is forced to return.3
His attorney says that he did seek asylum in the '90s, but an address mix-up led him to miss a court date, and his request was removed. Her hope is that the Department of Homeland Security will grant a stay before Thursday morning to reconsider Luis’s case for asylum.4
Representative Rosa DeLauro, who represents the district where Luis and his family live, wrote a letter of support for him to ICE last Thursday. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal wrote a letter earlier this week and have made public statements in support of Luis.5 And yesterday, nearly 100 activists in Hartford protested at the federal courthouse, where more than 15 individuals were arrested for civil disobedience in defense of Luis.6
Now it's up to us. Stand with Luis and his family and stop this unjust deportation.
1. "Protesters hoping to stop deportation of Derby dad," WTNH, April 28, 2017
5. "Senators try to prevent deportation of Derby man," Connecticut Post, May 1, 2017
6. "19 Arrested During Hartford Protest For Father Facing Deportation," Hartford Courant, May 2, 2017
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