Norwalk mother to be deported to Guatemala on Thursday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Norwalk mother who has lived here for 24 years is now set to be deported, leaving behind her four children.

A rally against Nury Chavarria’s deportation was expected in New Haven on Wednesday night.

Chavarria is set to leave the country on Thursday.

A decision could be reached. Forced to leave her four U.S. Citizen children here, the 24-year-old Norwalk resident already has a flight booked for Thursday. The State Senators even writing letters to ICE on her behalf, but on Wednesday, they await news on their last appeal to the federal government.

She’s lived in the United States longer than her birth country of Guatemala, but after 24 years, she is being deported.

She is not being deported for committing a violent crime, but instead for coming to the United States without legal papers.

“I came here for a better life and you know, 24 years later, I have my four kids. I’m always working. I pay taxes. I’ve been here busy with my kids, help them,” she said.

Chavarria voluntarily went to ICE last month as part of her annual check-ins.

“In 2015, I was not a priority for them. I came a year after 2016…everything is fine, but not this time,” she said.

This time, she was fitted with this and was told to leave by Thursday. Her children are allowed to stay in the United States.

“Everything be fine, but everything is not fine. I’m scared about what is going to happen to my mom, my brothers and sisters, all my pets. I’m scared,” said Hayley, one of Chavarria’s children.

The mother of four American citizens, Chavarria is the latest example of a change in priorities by the Trump administration.

After taking office, President Trump promised, “I said at the beginning, we are going to get the bad ones, the really bad ones. We’re getting them out and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

That same month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement sent this memo warning enforcement against all removable aliens.

A March poll by CNN found 90 percent of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for people like Chavarria who speak English, have a job and are willing to pay back taxes.

“A mother of four with no criminal history, special needs child. She’s not a bad guy. That does seem to be what they say, but the actual policy is something else, but Chavarria is Exhibit A as to what the real policy is,” said her lawyer.

On Wednesday night, an Alderman for the New Haven Board of Alders released this statement:

“It is sad day in America when our country separates parents from their children and families, especially in this case. As a city, we stand in solidarity with the family. We are a welcoming city and state, especially to those that are productive members in our community. I implore the United States Congress and immigration officials to take the necessary steps to ensure this case is resolved,” said Alderman Darryl Brackeen Jr.

Senator Blumenthal also released a statement about Chavarria’s deportation:

“My heart breaks for Nury and her four U.S. citizen children-a family that will be torn apart due to a cold and callous decision by the Trump administration to remove all reason and rationality from its immigration enforcement priorities. I spoke directly to ICE leadership today presenting clear and compelling facts in this case and seeking a reasonable request for reconsideration, yet the Trump administration turned a blind eye. Unfortunately, this tragedy is merely the tip of the iceberg. Every day my office is contacted by new families from across Connecticut-individuals who have committed no crime, parents of citizen children, hard-working neighbors who have reported dutifully to ICE year after year who are now being told to deport immediately under Trump’s new policies. America is better than this, and history will not judge these actions kindly. I commend the advocates and the Chavarria family for their bravery and tenacity in the face of injustice. We have lost this fight, but we must sustain our outrage and advocacy until reason is restored. And ultimately, we must achieve comprehensive immigration reform to provide lasting change to our broken immigration system,” Blumenthal said.

Midday Thursday, Khaalid Walls, Spokesperson for ICE, issued the following statement:

Nury Chavarria was allowed to voluntarily depart by a federal immigration judge in 1998, and failed to comply, rendering her subject to final order of removal in 1999. In 2010, the agency deferred her removal for one year on humanitarian grounds.

As a current exercise of discretion and after an exhaustive review of her case, the agency has allowed her to remain free from custody while finalizing her timely departure plans. The agency will continue to closely monitor her case to ensure compliance.

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