Senator Blumenthal meets with undocumented Derby dad to apply for asylum

Luis Barrios, of Derby, thanks the public for their support against his deportation. Barrios was granted a 30-day stay Wednesday (WTNH / Tom Parent)

DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — After playing a crucial role in securing a 30 day deportation reprieve, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) met for the first time Friday with Luis Barrios and his family inside their Derby home.

“This country should avoid ripping apart families, and sending people who work hard, play by the rules, contribute to their community back to a country where they face imminent danger and even death,” Blumenthal said.

Barrios’ lawyer said he arrived undocumented in 1992 and applied for asylum soon after in 1993, after escaping violence against his family in Guatemala.

“From that point on, he has been diligently trying to reopen that case to get his story heard,” O’Neil-Baker said. “So he has taken every way possible to find a way to fix his situation.”

Related: Derby dad facing deportation granted 30-day reprieve

Barrios is now scheduled for deportation on June 6. Right now, he’s happy for every moment to spend with his wife and their four children, who are all American citizens.

“We try to demonstrate we are, if we are here we try to do good things,” Barrios said in broken English. “That’s why we are here working hard.”

“He gives us love as a family and he wants to, you know, give us a better future,” said Jessica Barrios, his 19 year old daughter.

Blumenthal blames an executive order signed by President Trump for the predicament the Barrios family is now in. He went on to say this isn’t about just one family, but instead it’s about Amercian values and American policy.

“There is a need for comprehensive immigration reform,” Blumenthal said. “There is a need to fix our broken system. Donald Trump is right about that fact. The question is, how do we do it.”

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