Undocumented Derby Dad granted 2 year stay

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

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Derby father that was facing deportation was granted a two year stay in the United States Friday.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke with Barrios Friday afternoon at the State Capitol in Hartford.

Just moments ago, Luis Barrios reported to ICE where they removed his ankle bracelet and granted him a two year stay. I could not be prouder to stand with this beautiful family today as they celebrate this wonderful news. This is a meaningful and positive step forward, but the process is not yet over. I’m just as committed to getting a positive permanent decision as I have ever been, so Luis and the Barrios family can get the relief they deserve. Unfortunately, the peace, security and relief they enjoy today eludes far too many others who still face deportation and destruction of their families. I will continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform to provide lasting change to our broken immigration system.”

On Friday afternoon, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement on the decision to allow Barrios to have a two year stay.

Luis Barrios deserves to remain in the United States permanently and I am overwhelmed with joy that he has been granted a two year stay. Luis’s family, the Derby community, and the many advocacy groups working on his behalf have helped shine a light on this case and made today’s announcement possible. While we have achieved a great milestone in Luis’s immigration case, there is still much more work to do.

“The U.S. Department of Justice should reopen this case immediately and give Luis the opportunity to present his case for asylum. We also must continue to fight the Trump Administration’s immoral actions on immigration and Congress should immediately pass comprehensive immigration reform to end the cruel practice of breaking up families.”

Senator Chris Murphy was proud of the work done by Connecticut’s representatives in Washington.

I’m so glad that Luis knows that he can stay here at home with his wife and kids. I’m happy Connecticut’s congressional delegation could act quickly and help.”

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

“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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