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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty Statement on Temporary Stay of Removal for New Fairfield Father Joel Colindres

August 17, 2017
Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement after New Fairfield father Joel Colindres was granted a temporary stay of removal by the U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit:
“Joel is a loving, hardworking father who pays his taxes, contributes to his community, and has no criminal record. I am relieved that Joel will have the opportunity to make his case in court, and can remain with his wife and children while he does so.

“While this reprieve is a step toward justice for the Colindres family, their experience is nevertheless a perfect illustration of how broken our immigration system is. Tearing apart the Colindres family won’t make any other American safer or more prosperous. I will continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform that grows our economy, secures our border, keeps families together, and creates an earned path to citizenship. And I will continue working for a just outcome for the Colindres family that provides Joel the opportunity to earn his citizenship.” 

Last month, Esty, Sen. Richard Blumenthal  (D-CT), and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) sent a letter to ICE and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials urging them to reconsider the deportation order issued for Colindres.