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Wilbur Cross High School students hold rally in support of classmate facing deportation

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MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Students and staff members from a New Haven school showed their support for an 18-year-old classmate whose facing deportation.

Related: New Haven students support classmate scheduled to appear at ICE hearing in Boston

Around 3pm Tuesday, Wilbur Cross High School students got on board trains and headed to Milford Superior Court to protest after Mario Aguilar was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Anthony Barroso of CT Students for a Dream says the group is there to “let the judge know that Mario should be free and we’re trying to call out this place basically on their implicit cooperation with ICE.”

Aguilar originally went to court to face DUI charges resulting from a car accident in September. That’s when he was taken into custody by ICE officials.

Daija Carr, a senior at WCHS never met Mario, but she says his detention has brought her school community closer together.

Daija says Mario reporting to court for his DUI charge was him trying to do the right thing.

“Everyone makes mistakes. Kids who are documented and perfect A students, they make mistakes, too.”

– Daija Carr, WCSH senior

WEB EXTRA: “No fear, no hate, no ICE in our state”: Students rally in support of classmate facing deportation

English teacher Kris Mendoza keeps Mario’s desk unoccupied and saves his homework for him.

Thursday, a judge is set to decide whether to grand Mario asylum. According to his lawyer, Mario was fleeing gang violence in Guatemala when he cross over illegally.

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