Colindres requested to stay in the U.S. with his family while his legal fight continues. That request was approved on Thursday, temporarily keeping him from being deported back to Guatemala while the court considers new evidence in his case.Related: New Fairfield father to be deported to Guatemala on Thursday
The 33-year-old came to the U.S. through Texas on a provisional waiver 13 years ago. He has a wife of seven years and two young children. They are set to stay here in Connecticut if he’s deported. His wife says that he has checked in with immigration officials over the years.
He has a full time job as a carpenter and has no criminal record. All of this has been taking a toll on his family.
“It’s been a nightmare. It doesn’t feel real at times. You have your ups and downs,” said Samantha Colindres, Joel’s wife.
“Give these families a chance and their communities and their employers who depend on them an opportunity for them to stay in this country and show they need and deserve asylum,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) Connecticut.Related Content: Lawmakers to meet with New Fairfield father facing deportation
This is not the first time we’ve seen something like this happen in recent weeks. Marco Reyes of Meriden is also facing deportation. He sought sanctuary at a New Haven church.
And as you may recall, Norwalk mother Nury Chavarria was also set to be deported. She too sought sanctuary in a New Haven church and was later granted a stay.
Senator Chris Murphy released a statement on stay of deportation being granted, saying,
I’m relieved for Joel, his wife Samantha, and their two little kids. My office has been in close contact with the Colindres family and their attorney, and we’re going to keep working with ICE to make sure Joel can stay here at home in Connecticut,” said Murphy. “The Trump administration has been targeting families like the Colindres, and it’s an abomination. President Trump must put an end to these costly, mean-spirited policies.”