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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty Urges ICE to Grant Denada Rondos Stay of Removal, Prevent Cheshire Mother’s Deportation

November 9, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) issued the following statement in support of Denada Rondos, a Cheshire resident seeking a stay of removal from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Rondos, who was born in Albania and entered the United States in 2002, has applied for asylum to stay in the country. She has been ordered to purchase a plane ticket to return to Albania on or before November 13:

“Denada Rondos takes care of three children, a home, and the books for a family-owned restaurant,” Esty said. “Her husband Viron works twelve hours a day to put food on the table for the family, not to mention establishing a small business and providing jobs for people in my hometown of Cheshire. There’s a reason why the Rondos family has received dozens of letters supporting their request to let Denada stay in this country: they work hard, they give back to their community, and they share the values we hold dear in Connecticut. We should be welcoming people like Denada into our country with open arms, not throwing them out to face an uncertain future in a dangerous region.

“There are four days left until Denada is forced to leave this country – four days. I cannot imagine the pain and uncertainty her family is feeling right now. My heart breaks at the thought of her children waking up each morning not knowing how long they’ll have with their mother. I want them to know this: Connecticut stands with you. We stand with you, we hear you, and we join you in calling for ICE to grant you a stay of removal so that you can make your case in court.”