Meriden man facing deportation allowed to go home for Thanksgiving

Marco Reyes speaks with News 8 moments after learning he will be given a reprieve of deportation to allow him to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family (WTNH / Tim Clune)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Marco Reyes has been living in a New Haven church for since August, and on Wednesday he received word that he will be permitted to go home to have Thanksgiving with his family.

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According to U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, the Meriden father was given a reprieve by ICE officials to go home Wednesday morning. Sen. Blumenthal said that that does not mean his case is over. He still faces the threat of deportation.

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3 Meriden man facing deportation allowed to go home for Thanksgiving
(Photo: Noelle Gardner/WTNH)

Sen. Blumenthal said that the fight needs to continue to give Reyes his day in court, and that his office is working with Reyes’ attorney on their legal challenge.

Marco Reyes was lost for words. He said, “I am very very happy. Sorry. I don’t have a word right now.” His wife, Fanny Reyes said, “It feels so great that he can be able to go home even though it might be for a short period we are so happy that he can go back to sleep in his own bed.”

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It is unclear how long the reprieve will last, but Sen. Blumenthal says the Department of Homeland Security has committed that there will be no arrest, and no deportation proceedings during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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