HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Britain family is fighting to stay together right before the holidays, as a father is facing deportation.
He’s lived here almost three decades and has three adult children. Now, just before the holidays, he may have to fly back to his native Mexico.
“We’re trying to show them one last time that this shouldn’t be happening to families,” said his son, Mariano Cardoso Jr.
“I can’t say enough about Mariano and his family. They’re a warm loving group of people,” said his New Britain neighbor, Simone Reynolds. Neighbors joined his family and local politicians in front of the Immigration office in Hartford. They say it’s a small gesture compared to what his family has done for them.
Reynolds said, “He will shovel my entire roof if I have snow build up. He will essentially be there for anyone. He just helped my son move into his house.”
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Six years ago, he was supposed to be deported; but that order was eventually suspended. Cardoso says he has shown good faith, and has routinely checked in with immigration officials.
There have been a number of similar situations in the state recently, and many of the people involved have been granted a stay. That’s what the Cardoso family is hoping for today.