A Stamford man who was on the verge of being deported to Hondorus despite having serious kidney disease has received a six-month reprieve from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
“While this is welcome news, a six-month stay is not enough, especially considering that the hospital cannot perform the kidney transplant necessary to keep Mr. Santos alive without at least a year of post-op recovery time," Malloy said.
Nelson Rosales Santos, 49, has lived in Stamford for more than 30 years when he came to this country from Honduras in 1989. The hardworking father of three is married to a citizen and has no criminal record. He has paid his bills and taxes and has never been in trouble, according to the Public News Service.
Suffering from high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and kidney failure, the longtime chef needs dialysis weekly and is scheduled to receive a new kidney this summer.
Everything was fine until disaster struck when it was found that he missed an appearance in immigration court 30 years ago, which made him eligible for removal, according to officials with Building One Community.
ICE was working to have him removed, until local faith leaders, senators and even, the governor stepped in to plead his case. A rally was scheduled for Thursday afternoon in front of the ICE offices in Hartford until the news was released, Public News Service said.
"On a broader level, it shouldn’t take the intervention of a governor or a U.S. senator for this administration to find its humanity," Malloy said. "We will continue to fight for Nelson Santos and other law-abiding residents unfairly targeted by President Trump’s family-dividing policies.”
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