HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – After her stay of deportation was denied Monday, a Stamford mother learned Wednesday afternoon that she has a received a stay of deportation order from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Miriam Martinez-Lemus obtained a stay of deportation order on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Office of the Governor.
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ICE officials granted the stay to allow time for her attorney, Glenn Formica, to file a motion in her case.
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As a result of that motion, Martinez-Lemus avoids any immediate orders for her to return to her native Guatemala while the appeal is heard.
Governor Dannel Malloy released a statement on ICE’s decision, which reads:
Today, reason and compassion prevailed and I applaud this decision by ICE to allow her to remain in the United States with her family, where she has lived for several decades. I am glad that we could work with federal and local officials and advocates to achieve this outcome.
Rather than focusing on people living peacefully within our borders, our attention should be on those who do harm to others. I want to acknowledge those at ICE who listened to our pleas for compassion who understand that families should not be torn apart, vulnerable children who are U.S. citizens should not be put at risk, and that law abiding, hardworking and decent people should receive the benefit of the doubt in matters like these.
I also thank the courageous medical professionals at Yale New Haven Hospital who have continued to provide care to Miriam’s 12-year-old daughter, and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of her legal counsel Glenn Formica.”