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Man Granted 30-Day Reprieve From Removal to Guatemala

Man Granted 30-Day Reprieve From Removal to Guatemala

A 51-year-old married father of four children from Derby, Connecticut was granted a 30-day reprieve while immigration officials further reviewed his case. Just hours from being placed on a 4:00 a.m. plane from New York to his native Central America, Luis Barrios was able to return to his Connecticut home, at least temporarily, as well as to his job as a sanitation worker. His attorney stated that her next step would be to file a motion with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to reopen his order of removal. Ultimately, Barrios is seeking asylum in the United States. Barrios entered the U.S. in 1992, when he left Guatemala in the midst of serious threats to the safety of his family. Shortly, thereafter, his father was killed. In 2004, his brother was killed. Barrios’ wife’s relatives also were kidnapped and killed in Guatemala. Immigration officials discovered that Barrios was undocumented in 2011, during a traffic stop over a broken tail light. However, in the past six years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made no effort to deport Barrios, that is, until now. Various supporters gathered outside the federal courthouse in Hartford prior to the decision being announced. Nineteen of those supporters were arrested on various minor charges. Connecticut congressional leaders also had urged the federal government to reconsider Barrios’ deportation, including Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, D-Conn. After Blumenthal contacted ICE in a last-ditch effort to keep Barrios off that plane to Central America, the government agreed to a temporary reprieve. Blumenthal was able to contact Barrios directly and give him the good news. The hope is that the federal government will agree to vacate Barrios’ deportation order and allow him to pursue his asylum claim. No matter the outcome of this man’s immigration case, the skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. are here to get immigrants released from detention and defend them against removal from the country. We handle these types of cases on a regular basis and have valuable knowledge about how to best represent your interests, based on your individual circumstances. By contacting our office right away, you will place yourself in the best position possible to have loved ones released from detention and defend again potential removal from home and family.

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