Murphy’s says Derby immigrant granted 30-day extension

May 3, 2017

DERBY— Luis Barrios, an immigrant from Guatemala who had been scheduled for deportation Thursday morning, has been granted a 30-day stay, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said Wednesday.

Murphy said his office heard from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials that Barrios, a Derby resident who has lived in the United States for 25 years, had been granted a reprieve.

That assertion could not immediately be confirmed with ICE, which had ordered Barrios to be on a 2 a.m. plane Thursday back to Guatemala. It was not immediately known how the stay would affect his overall immigration status.

Murphy, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, each a Connecticut Democrat, were among those who had requested that ICE reconsider its decision to have Barrios Deported. They and other Barrios supporters said that he would be in danger if sent back to Guatemala.

“The Barrios family can sleep well tonight knowing their dad will be home, right here in Derby, when they wake up tomorrow morning,” Murphy said in a statement late Wednesday afternoon. “My office has spoken directly with Luis, and we are relieved that ICE listened to our calls and granted him a stay. My staff worked tirelessly to make sure Luis could stay home with his wife and four kids, and we are so grateful for the hundreds of Connecticut residents who came out to support him.

“The danger and potential violence that Luis could face back in Guatemala if he is forced to return is real and serious,” Murphy said. “My office will keep working hard to make sure he can stay here at home in Connecticut.”